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CEO of Seattle City Light and Chief Innovation Officer of SEPA Join the Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast to Talk Transformation (Part 1 of the 2 Part Episode)

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    The inherently collaborative environment and tendency to share best practices that bleeds through the utility sector means guiding leadership is a critical cornerstone of the industry. Recognizing the value of thusly highlighting successes during this time of great attention and evolution on power providers, the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) released its inaugural Utility Transformation Challenge, recognizing industry leaders who are creating the future carbon-free, modern grid.

    To learn more about the Utility Transformation Challenge, podcast host Jason Price and producer Matt Chester were joined by SEPA’s Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, Sharon Allan, as well as a leader whose organization made an appearance on SEPA’s leaderboard of utilities in Debra Smith, CEO and General Manager of Seattle City Light. This duo provides a dynamic one-two punch on assessing the landscape of the utility industry today and where it’s going in the future.

    "Sharon: We took a holistic approach to looking at it. Why we did this is we thought it would help utilities to leverage our Utility Transformation Challenge and accelerate their transition. How do we think this would help accelerate the transition? We think, by collecting the information as a trusted partner, that the insights that we drove from it could enable us to share best practices, exemplary activities, and gaps that still needed to be addressed.

    Debra: Being recognized by SEPA and having the opportunity to really spend some time talking and thinking about the work we've done and what are the next steps has really been important. I know, for me, it has been a huge opportunity, if you will, to really think about what's next and how we build on the success that we've had to date. I think that's really the most critical piece because that's the part that acknowledges the neverending-ness of transformation because, again, we build on what we've learned in the past, both as individuals, as a utility, and as a society."

    Note that this conversation was so dynamic, this episode ended up being an exciting two-parter, so part 2 featuring forward-looking assessments of equity in the energy industry, as well as the pending workforce transformation facing utilities everywhere will be released later this week.

    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.

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    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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