Optimism Matched with Skepticism: NY REVolution Summit Highlights Progress and Uncertainty

Optimism Matched with Skepticism: NY REVolution Summit Highlights Progress and Uncertainty

When discussing the goals of New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) it is hard to escape the inherent optimism surrounding such a potentially game-changing and transformative initiative. Optimism is quickly met, however, with skepticism, especially when talking about execution strategies and rate regulation. NY REV has goals to comprehensively reform and reinvent the energy landscape in...

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Water Utility Workforce of the Future

Water Utility Workforce of the Future

If you believe, as we do, that water utilities will soon be (1) consolidating (2) driven by data (3) more customer centric and (4) pushed to innovate, then we need to discuss the water utility workforce of the future. First, we must realize scarcity is nationwide issue: 40 of the 50 states anticipate water scarcity in the next 10 years.…

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Public LTE: What is the True Cost of Going Wireless?

Public LTE: What is the True Cost of Going Wireless?

Across the country, telephone service providers are announcing their plans to suspend future support, and eventually retire legacy analog circuits. Over the past few decades, these circuits were used by utilities to connect critical assets with their core IT network. Many utilities are using this as an opportunity to upgrade their existing communications systems to IP or cloud based...

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ACE16: The Water Industry Continues to Transform Part 2

ACE16: The Water Industry Continues to Transform Part 2

The American Water Works Association Annual Conference and Exhibition served as a gathering place for members of different spectrums of the water sector. Speakers affiliated with utilities, vendors, non-profits and government agencies, and service firms presented their research and insights on the latest water trends and the biggest challenges facing the industry.…

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ACE16: The Water Industry Continues to Transform Part 1

ACE16: The Water Industry Continues to Transform Part 1

The American Water Works Association Annual Conference and Exhibition was held last week (June 20 – 22, 2016) in Chicago, Illinois. With over 10,000 attendees, 500+ exhibitors and 80+ sessions this conference presented an unparalleled opportunity to check the pulse of the water industry. Members of the West Monroe Water Utility consulting and technology practice were at the conference, and are...

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Isolating the Cardholder Data Environment with Network Segmentation

Isolating the Cardholder Data Environment with Network Segmentation

In a recent post, we discussed many of the challenges with attesting to PCI DSS compliance, including a description of some of the factors that are often overlooked when defining the cardholder data environment (CDE). See “Common Misconceptions around the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)” from our recent series of blogs on PCI DSS-related topics for more information. …

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Time for Transformation – Water Utilities Are on the Rise

Time for Transformation – Water Utilities Are on the Rise

Today’s water resource managers are faced with a whirlwind of both external and internal pressures. For example, external pressures come from customers who are becoming more aware of water resource issues such as drought (west coast), flooding (Houston), and quality (Toledo). Likewise, conservation from fixture replacement and behavior change has resulted in reduced revenue, just as aging...

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Sustainability: if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it!

Sustainability: if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it!

As sustainability has become a more prominent issue for businesses, leaders are struggling to build consistent sustainability reports. A sustainability report is often the first publically facing component of a business’ sustainability initiatives and therefore needs to have clear messaging, backed by specific metrics to track progress and create accountability. The data collected to report...

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Why Open Data Standards are Critical for the Future of DER

Why Open Data Standards are Critical for the Future of DER

All across the DER value chain, stakeholders are working to accelerate DER deployments in a cost-effective manner that builds the foundation for the future. The solar systems, storage and other DER systems deployed today will remain in service for years to come. Monitoring, forecasting and control of these systems will be essential for success for utilities and system owners.…

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Major Announcement in Oil & Gas:  Colorado Supreme Court Decision on Hydraulic Fracturing Bans

Major Announcement in Oil & Gas: Colorado Supreme Court Decision on Hydraulic Fracturing Bans

On Monday, May 2, the Colorado Supreme Court announced decisions holding invalid and unenforceable two separate ordinances enacted by the Cities of Fort Collins and Longmont, respectively, which prohibited the use of hydraulic fracturing for gas extraction.  These decisions establish precedent regarding what has been an on-going battle in the regulation of the Colorado oil and gas industry...

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Harnessing the Power of Customer Meter Data in a Post-AMI Utility

Harnessing the Power of Customer Meter Data in a Post-AMI Utility

It’s a given that utilities investing in Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Distribution Automation (DA) are able to take full advantage of near real-time meter data: improving meter-to-cash, end-of-feeder circuit health, outage/fault isolation, for example. Utility customers typically subsidize AMI deployments, but what rights do customers and third party providers have to leverage...

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