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    Artificial Intelligence on the Grid: Bhavani Amirthalingam of Ameren and Jeremy Renshaw of EPRI Discuss on the Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast

    October 15, 2021 - Energy Central


      Fresh of being named one of the top 50 most innovative CTOs, Bhavani Amirthalingam of Ameren was joined by Jeremy Renshaw of EPRI as co-guests on the Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast. In this whirlwind episode, the two industry leaders shared their views the artificial intelligence (AI) trends and opportunities that utilities everywhere should be honing in on.

      Amid a time where utilities are seeking ways to make the supply and demand markets efficient, optimize the maintenance of immense stretches of assets across their coverage areas, and find ways to integrated clean energy resources, AI appears to be one of the key tools that will unlock new possibilities. As they shared with listeners:

      Jeremy: "One of the things with artificial intelligence is that data is key and one of the items that I would say is that many electric power utilities almost suffer from very high reliability. What we're trying to do with artificial intelligence is help to identify areas where we can get better and identify faults and early stage degradation, but because there has been such a focus for so many years on these items, there's not a whole lot of data that any individual utility has on what faults and failures look like because they do such a good job of maintaining these assets."

      Bhavani: "Truly for data to provide value to an organization, it needs to be complete, accurate, understandable, accessible, right? So these are all key aspects that we focus on. When you think about how we organize data, how we leverage data, our goal and focus is to start with building data architecture and data governance, at every implementation and taking kind of a data first mindset on what data is captured, how is it cataloged, where is it stored, how does it access operation user analytical use? So thinking of those aspects, as well as thinking about how do you drive self service from a data and analytics standpoint. So that part of it is like really up skilling the organization as well and training your workers across the company on how to access, consume, analyze, leverage this data is critical."

      This entry into the podcast, like all of the series episodes, can be found on all major podcast outlets, including iTunes and Spotify, or it can be listened to directly on the Energy Central platform. Give it a listen and share your reaction in the comments.

      Special Edition: Artificial Intelligence in the Modern Digital Utility with Bhavani Amirthlingam of Ameren and Jeremy Renshaw of EPRI [an Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast]

      About Energy Central Podcast Series:

      The ‘Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast’ features conversations with thought leaders in the utility sector. At least twice monthly, we connect with an Energy Central Power Industry Network community member to discuss compelling topics that impact professionals who work in the power industry. Some podcasts may be a continuation of thought-provoking posts or discussions started in the community or with an industry leader that is interested in sharing their expertise and doing a deeper dive into hot topics or issues relevant to the industry.

      The ‘Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast’ is the premiere podcast series from Energy Central, a Power Industry Network of Communities built specifically for professionals in the electric power industry and a place where professionals can share, learn, and connect in a collaborative environment. Supported by leading industry organizations, our mission is to help global power industry professionals work better. Since 1995, we’ve been a trusted news and information source for professionals working in the power industry, and today our managed communities are a place for lively discussions, debates, and analysis to take place. If you’re not yet a member, visit to register for free and join over 200,000 of your peers working in the power industry.

      The Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast is hosted by Jason Price, Community Ambassador of Energy Central. Jason is a Business Development Executive at West Monroe, working in the East Coast Energy and Utilities Group. Jason is joined in the podcast booth by the producer of the podcast, Matt Chester, who is also the Community Manager of Energy Central and energy analyst/independent consultant in energy policy, markets, and technology.

      If you want to be a guest on a future episode of the Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast, let us know! We'll be pulling guests from our community members who submit engaging content that gets our community talking, and perhaps that next guest will be you! Likewise, if you see an article submitted by a fellow Energy Central community member that you'd like to hear about in more detail, feel free to send us a note to nominate them. To contact us, email Podcast interviews are free for Expert Members and professionals who work for a utility. We have package offers available for solution providers and vendors.


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