The SSAE16 Audit Journey: The photo album

The SSAE16 Audit Journey: The photo album

A few months ago, I wrote about the journey of going through an SSAE16 audit.  I compared it to travelling with kids. After the trip, when you’re back in the daily routine, there is a point at which you start to sift through and organize your memories. Maybe you look fondly at your souvenirs. …

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Can the Trump Administration Slow Momentum on Climate Change Action?

Can the Trump Administration Slow Momentum on Climate Change Action?

Prior to the 2016 election season, Donald Trump famously tweeted that climate change is a hoax created by the Chinese to gain economic advantage over the US. During the campaign, he promised to undo many of former President Obama’s initiatives like EPA’s Clean Power Plan rule and that he would withdraw the US from the United Nations COP21 Paris Agreement, in which 177 countries pledged to act...

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DTECH 2017: Field Area Network Deployment and AMI Metering in a Dense Urban Environment

DTECH 2017: Field Area Network Deployment and AMI Metering in a Dense Urban Environment

Next week, at DistribuTECH 2017, I’ll be presenting during a session about lessons learned when deploying a 900MHz wireless mesh field area network in the dense urban environment of Chicago’s city center. In late 2011, the Illinois General Assembly enacted the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act (EIMA), setting in motion a $2.6 billion investment by ComEd to strengthen and modernize the...

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DTECH 2017: How to Align Business Use Cases for Utility Broadband Connectivity

DTECH 2017: How to Align Business Use Cases for Utility Broadband Connectivity

At a recent engagement with a large IOU (Investor Owned Utility) we guided our client through a technology evaluation and pilot deployment of a new communications system for monitoring the electrical distribution network of substations. The legacy system was deployed more than twenty years ago and was no longer supported by the manufacturer and lacked capabilities for security compliance and...

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Donald Trump’s Cabinet Nominees Look to Make Good on his Promise to Expand Oil & Gas

Donald Trump’s Cabinet Nominees Look to Make Good on his Promise to Expand Oil & Gas

Every newly-elected President faces a common struggle: how to turn the many promises made on the campaign trail to various stakeholders into actual governmental action. Following his inauguration, President-elect Donald Trump will be no different. In this series of blogs, we’ll consider how President Trump discussed energy policy on the campaign trail, his plans for implementing his vision...

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How to Use Multi-Use Networks to Achieve Smart Cities & Water Infrastructure Improvements

How to Use Multi-Use Networks to Achieve Smart Cities & Water Infrastructure Improvements

West Monroe has been promoting the use of multi-use networks to achieve Smart City benefits. Both at the American Water Works Association Illinois chapter meeting, and the most recent M-WERC Smart Cities Technology event in Milwaukee, audiences expressed great interest in learning more. While many Smart City initiatives are underway, West Monroe believes that for Smart City initiatives to be...

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National Energy Policy: What Might We Expect with a Changing Administration?

National Energy Policy: What Might We Expect with a Changing Administration?

With a change in administration in Washington, and a Republican in the White House, and the same party controlling Congress, one might expect drastic changes in federal energy policy. However, let’s look at the facts. States are leading the energy debate, by pursuing their own aggressive strategies to promote clean and distributed energy resource use and encouraging policies to support a...

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Smart Meters are Table Stakes, Next Up: Become a Platform

Smart Meters are Table Stakes, Next Up: Become a Platform

A recent report from the Edison Foundation Institute for Electric Innovation found that as of the end of 2015, over 65 million smart meters have now been deployed in the US, accounting for more than 50% of all households. Through ongoing deployment efforts across the country, that number will to grow to 70 million by the end of 2016 (including over 1 million more alone deployed by ComEd in the...

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Does Amendment 1 Promote Solar in Florida?

Does Amendment 1 Promote Solar in Florida?

Solar has been expanding exponentially over the past 5 years.  Yet, despite being the “sunshine state”, Florida only ranks 14th in the cumulative capacity of solar installed.  Amendment 1, titled “Rights of Electricity Consumers Regarding Solar Energy Choice” on the Florida ballot next week is intended to make a difference. But will it?  …

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A Glimpse into the Future: What California’s Utility Regulations Portends for Other States

A Glimpse into the Future: What California’s Utility Regulations Portends for Other States

California is a national leader in progressively addressing the energy and environmental issues of our time. The state is home to nearly half of the country’s solar photovoltaic capacity, half of the nation’s plug-in electric vehicles, and has more energy storage capacity than any other state. A quarter of the state’s retail electricity sales are from renewable energy resources, and this...

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