Next Big Thing- Innovations That Can Change the Power Industry: Letter from the Community Leader

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Vice President of The Power Industry Network, Energy Central

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This item is part of the Innovation in the Power Industry - April 2021 SPECIAL ISSUE, click here for more

Innovation has quickly become the lifeblood of the utility industry. Tired of the stereotype of the power industry being resistant to change and slow to move, utilities commonly have entire departments dedicated to instilling innovation in every aspect of the business, not to mention the inherent innovative practices being put into place across all the standard teams at the company: innovative generation technology; innovative customer experience opportunities; innovative ways to look at the modern grid; innovative energy efficiency and electric vehicle programs; and so much more!

Seeking to capture this exciting moment in the industry, Energy Central's monthly Special Issue Series took on the world of Innovation this month with our issue entitled Next Big Thing: Innovations That Can Change the Power Industry

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We challenged the Energy Central community to share the biggest developments and most exciting programs they have that are injecting innovation-- new technologies, processes, ideas, strategies, and more-- into the utility business. These innovations can range from small tweaks that have major downstream impacts or they can be outright moonshots, and boy did our community deliver!

Take some time to read through the best of the Next Big Thing: Innovations That Can Change the Power Industry issue, made up entirely of articles submitted by your peers who are helping to signal directly to you the direction of the industry. 

Not only that, but for this Special Issue we also held a nomination process to formally recognize the top Leaders in Innovation across the power sector-- so read through this special issue to see exclusive interviews with the six 2021 Energy Central Innovation Champions to learn more about who is really carrying the innovation torch into tomorrow. 

And, of course, this Special Issue isn’t just content to consume, but rather it’s the start of many different conversations. Let’s make this Special Issue as interactive as possible: all the authors who submitted articles encourage and implore you to leave comments, questions, and ideas in the comments section to which they can respond. What do you agree with, disagree with, want to know more? Let the authors know with a comment! Note: you’ll need to sign in to your profile to comment, and if you don’t yet have a profile—create one here, join the community in which the article is posted, and share your thoughts and questions ASAP.


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