Press Release updated: Oct 3, 2018 09:00 CDT

RICHMOND, Va., October 3, 2018 – Energy futurist Jack Uldrich is sharing his research and insights in a presentation for leaders with Dominion Energy today. His keynote will focus on the trends and technologies transforming how utilities will power a fast-changing future.  

When it comes to the future of energy, Uldrich says ”The nature of how power is being produced, distributed, and consumed is changing, and so must we. If organizations don’t pick up on these subtle changes, they’ll end up locked up, inflexible and potentially out of business. If they do pick up on the changes and are nimble and adaptable enough they will be able to steer themselves far more successfully into the future.”

Uldrich's keynote today will focus on future technological trends like rapid advancements in artificial intelligence, energy storage, renewables, blockchain technology, the internet of things, virtual and augmented reality, the sharing economy, robotics, and predictive analytics.  

Continuous disruption is the new normal when it comes to energy. The most successful innovators/leaders in the utility industry will give themselves and the people they manage time and space to unlearn old unproductive habits and ways of thinking.

Jack Uldrich

Futurist & Founder of the School of Unlearning

In addition to specific technological trends, Uldrich motivates his clients to shift their organizational mindsets. As the Founder of the School of Unlearning, he makes it a priority to identify specific ways his audiences can “unlearn obsolete means of thinking that no longer serve them.”

Is the utility industry is prepared for such a future? He says, “The time to begin thinking about these accelerating changes is not in a few years. The time is now. What if the abundance of electrical power—and not its scarcity—is the greatest problem facing the industry in the future?

According to Uldrich, “the industry is poised for an extraordinary change in the years ahead. What has served the industry well in the past won't be sufficient for remaining competitive in the future. It is imperative that the leadership in the industry get energized and embrace a new approach.”

Uldrich, who has been hailed as the “Chief Unlearning Officer” by Businessweek, says, “Continuous disruption is the new normal when it comes to energy. The most successful innovators/leaders in the utility industry will give themselves and the people they manage time and space to unlearn old unproductive habits and ways of thinking.”

A globally acclaimed energy futurist, Uldrich has addressed a wide variety of industry organizations including the American Public Power Association (APPA), the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the Northwest Public Power Association, San Diego Gas & Electric, Power South, National Electric Contractors, Northwestern Energy, ENMAX, and the Energy Fund.

Source: Jack Uldrich & The School of Unlearning

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