July 30, 2018 | Glen Sartain
When you were young, no doubt you remember hearing the tale of Rip van Winkle, the man who fell asleep for 20 years and awoke to find, much to his dismay, the world around him was unrecognizable. The story, inspired by the author’s lament on how quickly the country was changing, could have had a happier ending for its protagonist. If Rip had made his way to a local utility, he would have found comfort and familiarity. In fact, some may say Rip could’ve slept for another 50+ years and still found himself at home working in the utility field, maintaining the electric grid. Because, despite the long acknowledged and much-discussed challenge of an aging workforce over the last decade, real change in utility transmission and distribution operations has been absent – at least until now. Continue reading.