As the year wraps up, let’s look back at ANB Systems’ 2021. Significant policy actions impacted the utility business. ANB Systems successfully launched new projects and invested more in the people side of its business. In the US, federal action promoted new efficiency standards, a new emphasis on climate change, and legislation is paving the way for expanded electric vehicle infrastructure. ANB launched new initiatives, which include new products that facilitate the rapid approval of distributed generation installations and a new system to track ESG data. On the people front, ANB had a successful class of interns, recruited dozens of fresh graduates, kicked off another Learning Day session, and expanded its Offshore Development Center in Chennai.
Climate issues were at the forefront of the policy discussion in the US. At “Climate Day,” the Department of Energy restarted energy efficiency rulemakings that will target LED lamps, windows, and washing machines. The United Nations held COP26 in Glasgow, looking to reduce global carbon emissions. This development will encourage the creation of carbon reduction programs at utilities. Another method of reducing carbon emissions will be the electrification of transportation. ANB is supporting New Jersey in meeting its goals for electric vehicles. As the year ends, the US Congress passed legislation that will expand the charging network across the nation.
This past year found ANB leading the way with new products that can also impact the climate change area. First, we have combined two of our products (eTRACK+ and Document Recognition and Management) and rolled out ZAPconnect to fast-track distributed generation interconnection applications. The result was a 99.9% reduction in application processing time where applications were approved “touch-free.” Second, ANB launched esgTRACK, a solution to assist companies in managing the vast amount of data needed to meet Environmental, Social, and Governance reporting requirements. ANB also introduced its mobile interface called ZAPture, a low-code mobile app solution for instantaneous capture of data, to the eTRACK+ platform.
One of ANB’s core pillars is in developing its people. 2021 started with Energize 2021, an internal people development and knowledge sharing program with Lightning Talks and Deep Dive sessions over five days. We established the ANB Academy to formalize learning & continuous education on both its products and the skill sets needed to excel in the execution of job functions. This past year they have had several successful internships. You can read summaries of their varied experiences at ANB. In November, ANB sponsored a two-day learning event that provided the team knowledge transfer and growth opportunities. Finally, ANB had a major expansion of its Offshore Development Center in Chennai. With this expansion, ANB has fast-tracked its recruitment process across business functions and is hiring a myriad of software engineers, business analysts, data scientists, and freshers from various universities. It will not only offer more space for our offshore team but will also help ANB become one of the best places to work.
In all, 2021 was an exciting year for ANB Systems. 2022 promises increasing challenges in meeting our client’s needs as the energy transformation proceeds.
Written by – Michael Stockard
Michael Stockard is an independent consultant at Stockard Energy Advising and is a member of the Advisory Panel at ANB Systems. Michael has over 40 years of experience in the design and implementation of demand-side management programs.