Top Voices in the Energy Central Community for 2021 – Energy Management Network

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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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Energy Central strives to be the go-to platform for utility industry professionals to share what they are working on, to learn from their peers in the power sector, and to collaborate 24/7, 365 with the leading voices in the world of energy. We put a lot of effort behind different avenues in which engagement and learning actively takes place: from our Special Issue Series to our regular Q&A sections featuring answers from community experts to our Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast and so much more.

But the obvious truth is this: none of that would matter without the intelligent, active, and excited community that's built this platform into what it is! This wouldn't happen without you, whether you're a daily contributor or an occasional reader. 

To celebrate the importance of our community members in making Energy Central the powerhouse that it is, the Energy Central Community Team wanted to once again recognize the members on Energy Central who went above and beyond—frequently sharing news and content, reliably starting conversations across the site, and providing genuinely high-value contributions.

Each day this week, we’ll be publishing an article highlighting the Top Voice of 2021 for each of our 6 Networks. As part of this recognition, some of those recognized were kind enough to answer some quick questions to highlight what they found valuable in the sector in 2021, their predictions for the year ahead, and even just peeling back the curtain to get to know them more personally. I hope you enjoy!

So, with that, thank you and congratulations to the following Top Voices in the Energy Management Network in 2021!

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Brett Feldman - Research Director, Guidehouse

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Recommended submission from Brett: System of Systems Approach to DERMS Helps Balance DER Orchestration

What has been the most compelling utility-focused story in your opinion this year?

The reversal in the consolidation trend, which had been growing for several years. Exelon is splitting out its regulated utilities and deregulated generation and supply; Dominion and DTE have announced similar divestitures of non-regulated assets. And in the bigger picture, GE is breaking up into 3 separate businesses, including its energy business. It seems like every 10 years or so, industry vacillates between “bigger is better” and “smaller opens up shareholder value”.

In your free time not spent thinking and leading in energy, what are your go to ways to pass time?

I love coaching youth sports and just won the Massachusetts Soccer Coach of the Year award!

What’s one piece of advice you’d give to new members of the Energy Central Community?

Take chances posting opinions that challenge conventional thinking; don’t be afraid to reach out to people you read, they will really appreciate it


Dennis Roberts - President, Energy Efficiency Done Right

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Recommended submission from Dennis: Overdue Comprehensive Weatherization Plan Shines Brightly



Norbert Vasen - CEO, Birdseye Energy Consulting, GmbH

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Recommended submission from Norbert: "You’ll die of old age, I’ll die of climate change"


Congratulations once again to our Top Voices in the Energy Management Network, and thanks to all Energy Central Community Members for enabling the community and platform to thrive this year! And keep an eye out for the next Top Voices Articles to come as this week unfolds


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