Results of the Energy Central Poll Q1 2022: Topics You Want to Discuss!

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Official Energy Central Community Manager of Generation and Energy Management Networks. Matt is an energy analyst in Orlando FL (by way of Washington DC) working as an independent energy...

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Recently, the Energy Central Community Team conducted a poll where community members were invited to weigh on in two key areas:

  1. What topics do you think are most important for utility industry professionals to hear about in today's environment?
  2. Which of those topics are being most overlooked currently in the content on the Energy Central platform? 

After putting out this poll, the results were terrific with dozens of answers coming from our dedicated community members, providing a perfect sample size to guide where the conversation should be going.

So for any community members, expert members, or content partners - new or old - who may want to share their expertise and insights on a new topic but aren't sure what form or what subject would resonate most with our community, I invite you to consider the following tables that summarize what we learned:

Topics the Energy Central Community Requested the Most

Broad topic
Clean Power
Clean energy / net zero transition - the goals as well as the challenges/shortcomings
Behind-the-meter renewables
Geothermal energy
Renewable process heat
Utility Business, Customer Care 
Utility customer experience
Risk management in the utility business landscape
Case studies & success stories
Utility rates
Utility business strategy & daily operations
Digital Utility
Digital transformation of the industry, IoT, & AI
Data collection, structure, analysis, and more
Generation Professionals 
Nuclear power (traditional, SMR, fission/fusion)
Fossil fuels and the role they'll play in coming years
Baseload requirements (especially amid new renewable build out)
Security and reliability of energy sources
Distributed energy and ADMS
Grid & Transmission Professionals 
Energy storage
Grid modernization, especially in context of increased demand
Power quality & stability
Storm hardening
Grid technology (meters, transformers, etc.)
Inspection, maintenance, and repair of the grid
Efficiency of the grid
Undergrounding of transmission infrastructure
Construction of large, new transmission projects
Energy Efficiency & Load Maagement
All subjects and projects related to Energy Effiency
Energy forecasting and modeling
Flexible demand
Energy & Sustainability (TEC)
Sustainability and sustainable finance
Hydrogen energy 
The role of Evs (including personal vehicles & trucking)
Geopolitics, publicy policy, and regulatory landscapes
Financial burden on low-income households / energy poverty
Carbon capture utilization and sequestration
Emerging technologies
Oil & Gas
Markets for oil and gas & general price volatility
Natural gas utilities


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Matt Chester on May 23, 2022

Thanks for all who participated in this poll! Did we miss anything? Let us know down here in the comments!

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Jim Stack on May 23, 2022

Great idea Matt. Energy Central already covers a lot of these topics but it is good to see the vast array of subjects and interest. The future is full of new ideas and it will be good to see how they all do.  

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