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Another Year of Changes

iP is here to help as the utility industry workforce evolves and regulatory changes continue to be implemented.

It is the last week of January as I write this opening commentary for our first issue of the year. Here in the Chicago suburbs, our lights are on, we have heat and so far no polar vortex is upon us. It has just been announced that an impending blizzard could bring an epic snowfall tomorrow night. Airports across the country are canceling eastbound flights and schools are announcing closures. I’m confident that utilities on the East Coast have begun their preparedness drills for the hazardous challenges the storm is about to bring. By the time this issue hits your desktop, the storm will have passed and we hope every single person affected by the event makes it home safely.

2014 was a year of changes for the industry, and 2015 promises to bring more. In addition to volatile weather patterns that will continue to pose challenges, the workforce and workplace are evolving as utility industry personnel retire in record numbers and revised regulatory rules are implemented.