March 10 Webinar Highlights Workforce Implications for Utilities Transitioning to the Smart Grid

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Industry experts will provide real-world strategies for building a Smart Grid-ready organization in the free “High Performance in Talent and Organizations” Webinar from Smart Grid News and Accenture

As utilities begin to embrace the technological changes that will make the electric grid smart, many will be challenged to find and retain talented employees with the right set of skills.

“The results are in from early Smart Grid pilots and deployments,” suggests analyst Jesse Berst, founding editor of Smart Grid News. “The “people side” of the transition is often more challenging than the technical. That's why we sought out experienced panelists to share what's been working out in the real world."

To help utilities develop a keener understanding of those people-side challenges – from skill sets required to change management techniques that really work – Smart Grid News has teamed with Accenture to present the High Performance in Talent and Organizations Webinar on Wednesday, March 10. It is the latest installment in the Lessons from the Real World series that brings together industry experts to share proven strategies for Smart Grid success.

“In helping clients with Smart Grid and smart metering technology implementations, we have identified some important implications for the workforce,” said Susan Christensen, Accenture's Talent & Organization Performance practice lead for the Utilities industry in North America. "Uptake of the new technology requires new behaviors, skills, and organizational structures to govern and sustain the business, as well as a rigorous and disciplined approach to working with key external stakeholders. Accenture is pleased to share its insights through this Webinar."

The March 10 panel will also include Bill Devereaux, a senior director at Pacific Gas & Electric who is responsible for a $2.2 billion program to install 10 million gas and electric smart meters across PG&E’s service territory and the implementation of the advanced business capabilities making use of the smart meter infrastructure.

“Bill, Susan and our other panelists will explain how to apply a solid, systematic approach to manage the organizational changes precipitated by a Smart Grid transition,” added SGN’s Berst. “So this webinar is not pie-in-the-sky theory; these are lessons learned in the trenches. And that’s why Smart Grid News is excited to be partnering with Accenture; this is vital information that needs to be shared.”

The March 10 webinar begins at 10:30 a.m. Pacific time (1:30 p.m. Eastern time). There is no cost to attend, but those interested are encouraged to register early while space remains.

About Smart Grid News
Smart Grid News is the sector’s oldest, largest and highest-ranked specialty site. It produces daily news analysis, a weekly email summary, the sector’s only hands-on product reviews, and the Web’s largest collection of Smart Grid-specific resources, including research papers, case studies and stimulus tools. It features exclusive content from some of the world’s leading Smart Grid experts.
http://www.smartgridnews.com/

About Accenture
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments.
http://www.accenture.com/

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