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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Maine Ruling on Opt Out Puts the Focus on Health Issues Again

The policy developments on the AMI Opt Out front continue to heat up, and what is particularly interesting is the sharp contrast among how various state regulatory and legislative bodies are interpreting and / or ruling on the health issue of smart meters. The big event in the last week was the finding by Maine Supreme Court, which ruled that the Maine Public Utilities Commission did not...

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“Courting Customers” is Key in AMI Deployments

I served as legislative & regulatory policy manager at Sempra Energy, parent company of San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) in the mid-2000’s and had a hand in drafting the utility’s AMI business case that was approved by the CPUC in 2007. Thus, I am particularly pleased to see the recognition that SDG&E is now getting for becoming, once it installs the last of its...

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