Project Spotlight: ConnectTheGrid Technical Screening Module

Project Spotlight: ConnectTheGrid Technical Screening Module

Intro to Distributed Generation and ConnectTheGridTM This month, Tesla started taking orders for their new Solar Roof product: individual solar panels as a replacement for your roof’s shingles. This product, along with traditional roof-mounted solar panels and other forms of small-scale power generation like wind turbine systems, are referred to as distributed generation – decentralized...

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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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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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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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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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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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Bye-Bye POTS!

The Regulated Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) is a Thing of the Past Consumers are abandoning land lines by the millions.  Today, 41% of households are already wireless and most new home move-ins do not ever install a landline. The transition to a wireless and IP world is inevitable – so what do utilities need to do?  …

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