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What's
ahead
for
utilities?
Modernized systems. The cloud-based front
end and more standard customer billing
system that we are building right now and
plan to launch in 2020 will reduce costs and
improve our service. We're one of the first
large utilities to do this, but it's clear that
dozens of others will join us.
More personalized service. We now have
hourly interval usage and time-of-use utility
rates for our customers. Combine that
information with the expansion of Big Data
analytics and digital initiatives and we will
be able to give our customers much more
tailored service. I'm excited about it because
we'll be able to help our customers better
manage their energy use and show how
much their actions are contributing to a
cleaner energy future.
Greener power. Every year, more of
our power generation portfolio is from
sustainable sources, such as wind and solar
power. At the same time, the growth of
electric vehicles is reducing our reliance on
fossil fuels. Both these trends are creating
new pressures for utilities to modernize as
well as exciting opportunities for cleaner
energy growth.

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after some restructuring of the department,
and the gender balance of the IT workforce had
become more male. I found the environment a
little intimidating at first.
This experience made me more aware of the
challenges and cultural barriers that women
and minorities may face in companies 'where
IT is largely a male function. And that led me to
start an IT women's network here at Edison. At
first, we talked mostly about supporting each
other through better networking and creating
opportunities to build new skills. But these

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days we're talking more about industry and
technology-specific topics. We've also been so
successful that we're reaching out to women
in other departments and have brought in
successful women leaders from outside Edison
as guest speakers and panelists.
At the company level, our most senior
leaders are committed to supporting
diversity and inclusion. We're working toward
recruiting a more diverse workforce, including
trying to hire more women in technical and
leadership roles. However, part of the problem
starts with too few young women choosing
STEM studies. I find it disappointing that fewer
women are studying computer science and
technology now than in the past, and I hope
tech company leaders and policy makers
can help change that. IT really can be a very
rewarding career and companies need more
diverse points of view.
The women's network has been a very positive
thing because it's a great forum to share lessons
among our team and to pass along a number of
things I've learned these past 30 years.



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