Five Strategies for Meter Reader Transition in the Utility Industry

Five Strategies for Meter Reader Transition in the Utility Industry

The electric utility industry is shaped and transformed through the introduction of disruptive technology ultimately benefiting consumers and improving operations. Often, new technology comes with the collateral impact of the elimination of jobs and skills which for many decades have been in high demand. Smart Grid Technologies are increasingly commonplace throughout the utility industry and...

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Blog Series: Managing Grid Modernization Programs (Part 4)

Blog Series: Managing Grid Modernization Programs (Part 4)

The Drive to Completion As we discussed in our previous blog, a common element across any successful grid modernization effort is the careful and deliberate approach to forming teams by identifying “the right people, in the right seats on the bus.” Grid modernization is certainly not a sprint, and is a long journey that requires the right team with a common understanding of the program scope...

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Blog Series: Managing Grid Modernization Programs (Part 2)

Blog Series: Managing Grid Modernization Programs (Part 2)

The “Iron Triangle”, Redefined In our first post, we introduced the unique challenge utilities face when balancing the need to deliver reliable service while making strategic investments to modernize infrastructure and systems to improve operations — all the while enhancing the overall customer experience. We also introduced the framework that has proven highly effective for...

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Blog Series: Managing Grid Modernization Programs (Part 1)

Blog Series: Managing Grid Modernization Programs (Part 1)

Embrace chaos to drive value, collaboration, and tangible benefits This is the first of a four-part blog series that explores the challenges and introduces a practical management framework for utilities to consider when embarking on a large grid modernization effort. The utility business model is undergoing profound change in terms of how energy is produced, delivered, and consumed.…

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Rethinking Work-Life Balance: 4-Step Guide to Personal Goal Setting

Rethinking Work-Life Balance: 4-Step Guide to Personal Goal Setting

As an intern at Caterpillar, one of my first mentors said, “We spend more time planning our vacation then we do planning our life.” This concept has resonated with me throughout my career. When I was exploring career opportunities I sought out an employer offering short-term incentives, but also providing challenging career development opportunities while investing in my well-being and...

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Alpha Leadership

Alpha Leadership

Most of us have been in a setting where a manager or coach encourages the team leader to “wolf up” and take aggressive action. We often associate the “alpha” leader as loud, outspoken, dominant, and even outright aggressive. Having recently welcomed a German Shepherd pup to our family, the need to establish alpha leadership is an important part of proper integration into the family’s social...

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Will the flare of solar development finally break the utility business model?

The energy utility industry is collectively moving away from its historic emphasis on central station power generation delivered by high voltage transmission systems and substations to a more nimble, inclusive, and flexible utility system. There are two interrelated drivers to this transformational change that we are presently witnessing: The rapid emergence of new, distributed energy...

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