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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Technology is the great multitasking enabler. Is that a good thing?

Technology is the great multitasking enabler. Is that a good thing?

These days it seems rare that we can give a single task our undivided attention. Whether we’re firing off last-minute emails during a meeting or sending IMs while on a call, multitasking has become a workplace norm. While many of us take pride in our ability to juggle many activities at once, research shows that multitasking is virtually impossible and leads to a decrease in productivity.…

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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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The Utility IoT: Can the Smart Grid make our Homes, Businesses & Cities Smarter?

The Utility IoT: Can the Smart Grid make our Homes, Businesses & Cities Smarter?

It’s an undeniable fact that things in our lives are getting smarter: from cars, to homes and workplace technology, and even urban infrastructure. The foundation that drives this ‘smartening’ trend is the inclusion of new technology that connects devices – sensors, controllers, and meters – around us, commonly called the “Internet of Things” (or IoT, for short).…

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Adopting DataGuard? Things to consider

As utilities continue to leverage innovative Smart Grid technologies to transform operations and provide customers with new and improved services, they also collect an increasing amount of customer data. This data is useful for many operational purposes and the utilities are just discovering ways to leverage this information. In January 2015, the White House and the Department of Energy...

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Perspectives from the ADS National Town Meeting

Last week I attended the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid’s (ADS) National Town Meeting in Washington, D.C. The conference is an annual gathering of utilities, regulators, independent system operators and various other stakeholders to discuss the most pressing issues surrounding demand response (DR) programs at the utility level. The discussions ranged from how electric...

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Network Monitoring Within A Utility: Not A Cookbook Task

Monitoring end-devices on a network is an idea that is not novel, and many Network Monitoring System (NMS) solutions are available for traditional IT implementations.  However, the deployment of an NMS to monitoring non-traditional Operational Technology (OT) devices such as those used to support power grids presents a number of unique challenges. …

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Advanced Metering Infrastructure, the Hidden Building Block

The fourth building block in the proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP) is the decrease in electricity use and demand resulting from improved energy efficiency and demand-side management. As with all the building blocks, the EPA estimated the energy efficiency potential in each of the states. The efficiency potential was factored into the final state carbon reduction goal by reducing the denominator...

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Sustaining Smart Grid Value: Tapping into Customer Energy Management (CEM) Benefits

Yesterday, I attended the 2014 Clean Energy Challenge, an annual clean energy competition hosted by the Clean Energy Trust. The audience and judges were treated to 15 student and start-up Midwest cleantech companies that were vying for $500,000 in prizes. Not surprising, two of the companies centered around utility customer usage feedback: MeterHero is a Milwaukee-based early stage start-up...

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Congratulations to ComEd on its new Interconnection and Net Metering Tool

We are very excited to see Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) change the landscape of energy distribution and consumption! Last week ComEd launched its new interconnection and net metering application tool – interconnect.comed.com.  The electronic submissions capability not only allows ComEd to process twice as many applications with existing resources, but it also eliminates errors with built in...

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Grading the Grid: What’s the true renewable tipping point?

If you were to plot U.S. renewable energy usage somewhere on the innovation adoption lifecycle, we’d still fall somewhere between the “Innovator” and “Early Adopter” phase. But with the cost of renewable energy dropping and the number of business and consumer distributed generation installations rising, a renewables-majority isn’t far off. For utilities, an operational change will be...

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Smart Grid Stakeholder Education & Engagement Strategies – be realistic!

Almost every day I see articles about new ideas or technologies to help utilities educate and engage stakeholders on the benefits of Smart Grid and AMI.  Whether it be portals, social networks, mobile apps, colored buttons, or big shiny buses, the reality is that most Communications, Marketing or Customer Operations departments (those most responsible for customer education and engagement)...

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