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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Part II: What Does the Water Utility of the Future Mean for the Existing Workforce?

Part II: What Does the Water Utility of the Future Mean for the Existing Workforce?

In Part I of this two-part blog, West Monroe identified four key competency areas that we believe will be required to support the Utility of the Future: Water Resources Management Data Management Infrastructure Operations Each represents an area of transformation driven by the change in industry. After defining the areas of competency, we compared current employee types against these...

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Part I: What Does the Water Utility of the Future Mean for the Existing Workforce?

Part I: What Does the Water Utility of the Future Mean for the Existing Workforce?

The water utility landscape is evolving. Utilities are increasingly held accountable for issues related to water scarcity, water quality and flooding. As described in the first blog of our series, West Monroe believes that the Water Utility of the Future will need to develop innovative solutions to continue delivering safe drinking water and meeting growing customer demands; all under the...

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Customer Relationship: How to create value in a world of decentralized energy

Customer Relationship: How to create value in a world of decentralized energy

Paradigm Shift within the Energy Industry Whether you believe electric utilities are destined to evolve into competitive service providers or distribution system operators, or whether they’ll continue to generate revenue from cost-of-service or performance-based ratemaking, one thing is certain, the industry they do business in will evolve more in the next 10 years than it has in the previous...

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Modernizing Water Governance

Modernizing Water Governance

Changes in climate, over pumping of groundwater and channeling our waterways, have fundamentally altered our hydrology. Lack of investment has aged our infrastructure to the breaking point of public trust, and economic pressures have allowed over allocation of water while undervaluing the limited resource of fresh water. Within this context, utilities are now faced with absorbing additional...

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