Top Voices in the Energy Central Community for 2021 – Generation 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 Generation Network in 2021!

See other entries in this series: 



Peter Kelly-Detwiler - Principal, NorthBridge Energy Partners, LLC

Link to Peter's profile

Recommended submission from Peter: With its F150 Lighting, Ford Nails It!

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

It has to be the Texas winter storm and the lesson that our grid is fairly brittle; we need to do a better job of taking interdependencies into account and understand that the market alone won’t address every issue

Can you share something interesting about yourself that your fellow community members might not know?

My career began in Africa, working in Somalia’s Ministry of Finance. Once, after being stranded in the. North of the country for two weeks, and being entirely protein-starved I ate over 2 pounds of camel’s meat immediately upon my return to Mogadishu (not highly recommended)

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

Find an area you want to really understand well and go for it.


Dr. Amal Khashab - Expert Independent Consultant, Electric Power Systems Engineering

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Recommended submission from Dr. Khashab: EGYPT SMALL SCALE PV PROJECTS - SUCCESS STORY



Sebastiaan Ruijgrok - Solutions Marketing Manager, Siemens Energy

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Recommended submission from Andrew: Making economic Sense of Green Hydrogen Power

What area in energy and utilities do you hope gets more focus in 2022?

Of course I have been talking a lot about Hydrogen, which will have a strong focus in 2022 as well, but I will name something else which I think is an important one to mention. It’s Energy Efficiency. Did you know that in Europe most energy-related target in 2020 were met, except for the energy efficiency targets. There are many different industrial processes that emit large amounts of heat directly into the atmosphere, this is really a waste of energy. Energy that shouldn’t go to waste, and it doesn’t have to go to waste. There are many ways how to recover energy from waste heat, both high as well as lower temperature waste heat. Higher temperature waste heat from gas turbines can be recovered through Heat Recovery Steam Generators (HRSG) or Waste Heat Recovery Units (WHRU). Also lower temperature waste heat can be recovered and for instance fed into a heat pump. All in all, energy efficiency deserves more focus.

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

I believe that family time is very important. I’d like to spend time with my wife and kids to explore new parts of the world. Not necessarily far away. With the Covid restrictions we are currently exploring more of the Netherlands where we live and have seen a province up north for the first time. It’s amazing what can be found close to home. Notwithstanding, I do have a long list of travels I would love to make and show my kids more of what the world has to offer.

Is there a post, piece of content, or discussion on Energy Central that you’re most proud of?

It’s not about the post, but really about the precedence this has for the whole power and energy industry. Hydrogen will undoubtedly play a big role in the energy transition and we’re still finding out what that role will be exactly. It has the potential to replace fossil fuel in power generation on the long run, but utilities are building power plants today. This means that power plants will have to prepare to use hydrogen in the future. At Siemens Energy we lead the way on this hydrogen pathway, being the first OEM to be certified ‘Hydrogen ready’ by an external independent authority. There are so many people within the company who have worked really hard to achieve this, it’s something everyone should be proud of.


Bob Meinetz - Nuclear Power Activist, Independent

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Recommended submission from Bob: 31 Great Reasons to Keep Diablo Canyon Power Plant Open - From the Company That's Shutting it Down

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

ERCOT’s difficulties in February were both compelling and totally unpredictable, largely because weather is increasingly unpredictable.

What area in energy and utilities do you hope gets more focus in 2022?

I hope social equity and the environment get more focus next year, but I’m not naïve. They’ve always been at the bottom of the list, so it’s going to be hard work.

Can you share something interesting about yourself that your fellow community members might not know?

I was a professional musician for 26 years, occupying an assortment of roles as studio musician, film composer, and songwriter.


Congratulations once again to our Top Voices in the Generation 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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