Episode #28: ‘Don’t Call It a Clip Show,’ Reviewing Utilities in 2020 and the Power Perspectives Podcast’s First Year - [an Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast]

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In an episode that’s part recap of a crazy year for all of us and part celebration of the first full year of the podcast under our belt, this episode features host Jason Price and producer Matt Chester discussing some of the best guests and moments that took place on the podcast during our first full year hitting the air waves. We share updates from some of our fan favorite guests, trade top memories and moments for the podcast, and reflect on what it was like to navigate 2020 in the utility sector (no doubt made more bearable because of the terrific guests who were willing to join us this past year).

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Take a listen to hear some great moments from episodes you may have missed, learned what news our industry leaders have had to share since then, and to close the chapter on this year as we look ahead to prosperous and engaging 2021.

From all of us at the Energy Central Team and who work on the Power Perspectives Podcast, a sincere thanks goes to our listeners for an overwhelmingly successful first year—we couldn’t do it without you!



As a reminder, the Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast is always looking for the authors of the most insightful articles and the members with most impactful voices within the Energy Central community to invite them to discuss further so we can dive even deeper into these compelling topics. Posting twice per month (typically on the second and fourth Tuesdays), we'll seek to connect with professionals in the utility industry who are engaging in creative or innovative work that will be of interest to their colleagues and peers across the Energy Central community. Some podcasts may be a continuation of thought-provoking posts or discussions started in the community or with an industry leader that is interested in sharing their expertise and doing a deeper dive into hot topics or issues relevant to the industry.

The Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast is hosted by Jason PriceCommunity Ambassador of Energy Central. Jason is a Business Development Executive at West Monroe, working in the East Coast Energy and Utilities Group. Jason is joined in the podcast booth by the producer of the podcast, Matt Chester, who is also the Community Manager of Energy Central and energy analyst/independent consultant in energy policy, markets, and technology.  

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Richard Brooks on Dec 23, 2020

I want to specifically mention two of the items covered in this podcast,

  1. Joy Ditto of APPA
  2. Patti Poppe of PG&E

Joy's organization, APPA, represents smaller entities that are responsible for reliable electric delivery to consumers, which are facing the same difficult cybersecurity threats that larger utilities, with more resources can easily handle, but smaller entities may find these cybersecurity challenges more challenging due to their smaller staffs and smaller cybersecurity budgets.  We must provide solutions to help these smaller entities protect themselves from cyber risks, at a price point that fits within their budgets. They don't need more advice, there's plenty of advice available. What they really need are real, easy to use, working solutions to help protect themselves from the bad guys.

Patti's interview was profound in that it focuses on what's really important, People, Planet and Profit - the three bottom lines. This is precisely the type of leadership thinking we need to help us navigate the energy transition.

Big changes are coming and it's going to take big thinkers, and steely courage, like Patti and Joy demonstrate, to successfully navigate the treacherous waters we call the energy transition. Lead on Ladies, there are many techies, like me, on Energy Central that want to help you succeed.

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Matt Chester on Dec 23, 2020

Well said-- those were definitely two of our favorite guests for how dedicated they were, how excited they are to share what they're learning, and the path they're forging for the industry as a whole. 

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