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2017 Top Voices of your Grid Network and Transmission Group Communities

Your Grid Network community covers electric current from its transmission step down to each customer's home. Your Transmission Group community covers the distribution of power from generation to final destination. These crucial aspects of electric power have seen some of the most significant transformations in our industry. You, as industry thought leaders, have developed the important conversations around 'keeping the lights on'.

I am excited to highlight a few top voices in your community from 2017:

Patty Durand | President & CEO, Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative (SECC)
Top Post: What's Working in the Smart Grid Era?

What Patty likes to write about:

The energy consumer. With all the change that the energy industry is undergoing, it’s important that all stakeholders listen to the voice of the consumer. We give a voice to the consumer through our in-depth posts that draw insights from our consumer research and case studies on successful utility programs.

Post or posts that Patty is most proud of:

Our “What's Working in the Smart Grid Era?” post from November 2017 is one that we’re particularly proud of. This covered some exciting pilot programs and education efforts focusing on the consumer. Very innovative work by a few of our members.

We’re also proud of our “Tracking the Evolution of Consumer Perspectives on the Smart Grid” post from June 2017 that focused on the latest iteration of the industry’s longest-running survey on consumer attitudes toward the smart grid and smart meters. In this post, we showcase the advances that have been made in consumers’ understanding of these energy technologies.

Important stories, from Patty, to watch for in 2018:

It’s an exciting time in this industry, so there will be many important stories to watch this year. Last year, we conducted research on millennials, who are now the largest generation of U.S. consumers, and found that this group of consumers is unequivocally interested in clean energy, tech-driven solutions (akin to what they get from Amazon, Apple, etc.) and energy data. So, in 2018, we expect to see even more movement in these areas.

More from Patty Durand


Andrew Burger | Man Friday, Energy Ventures
Top Post: Trump’s Meet with Putin, Xi Rekindles Concerns re Power and Energy Cyberthreats

Post or posts that Andrew is most proud of:

I think "The Three “D’s” Driving Global Power Industry Investment" captures and reflects the general direction things are heading re power and energy... "Envisioning Our Energy Future" sums things up pretty nicely from an even broader, at least from my PoV...

How Andrew measures success:

Tough question...The way I live my life from day to day as well as what I do, the effort I put into it and what I achieve by doing so...the degree and extent I can bring joy and happiness into the world...

 One thing most readers may not know about Andrew:

Love lemon crumble...

Andrew's Favorite story from 2017:

Elon Musk easily winning a bet that Tesla would complete the world's largest lithium ion, grid battery storage system in South Australia within 100 days or foot the entire bill ...e.g.

What story fell flat in 2017:

Personally, I don't think any of them fell flat, though reader stats may indicate differently...There's so much of import and so much innovation and change taking place at the moment it's harder to discern what may be of substance and value to readers...

Best book Andrew read in 2017:

"The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O." by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland

Important stories, from Andrew, to watch for in 2018?

US solar growth; battery energy storage, microgrid and offshore wind power developments, extreme weather events and cybersecurity.

More from Andrew Burger


Dr. Kim McGrath | Director of Business Development, Maxwell Technologies
Top Post: Ultracapacitor Energy Storage: Improving Power Reliability And Efficiency Across The Grid

What Dr McGrath writes about:

She is an expert in development and commercialization of energy storage solutions for electricity grid and explains this issue and technologies in terms any of us can understand.

One thing you may already know about Dr McGrath:

She gave a fantastic interview with GreenConnectionsRadio in March 2017, explaining how energy storage devices, such as ultracapacitors and batteries, collaborate as one system to maximize value for grid operators.

One thing you may not know about Dr McGrath:

Her top post on Energy Central communities gained over 1100 views!

More from Dr. McGrath

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Marlys Roddy on February 6, 2018

Congrats  Patty Durand, Andrew Burger and Dr. Kim McGrath  for being 2017 Top Voices on Energy Central!

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PJ Davis on February 14, 2018

Nicely done!

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