Stranger (Internet of) Things: A couple of factors to consider before making the investment

Stranger (Internet of) Things: A couple of factors to consider before making the investment

We recently attended the IoT Summit Chicago hosted by the Illinois Technology Association. This conference gathered over 500 professionals from around the globe to collaborate on best practices and discuss future trends in the often discussed, but rarely understood “Internet of Things (IoT).” We took a moment to reflect on time the conference and identify some key takeaways to share with...

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Harnessing the Power of Customer Meter Data in a Post-AMI Utility

Harnessing the Power of Customer Meter Data in a Post-AMI Utility

It’s a given that utilities investing in Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Distribution Automation (DA) are able to take full advantage of near real-time meter data: improving meter-to-cash, end-of-feeder circuit health, outage/fault isolation, for example. Utility customers typically subsidize AMI deployments, but what rights do customers and third party providers have to leverage...

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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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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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City of Naperville issues a voluntary demand response event – Is this the new utility customer engagement model?

From 3pm to 7pm today (Tuesday, July 22, 2014), the City of Naperville has asked its electric customers to voluntarily reduce their energy consumption. By doing so, the City hopes to reduce the amount they’ll pay their electricity supplier in peak demand charges this month. More details and energy-savings tips are available on the City’s website here.…

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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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West Monroe Partners helps City of Chicago and ComEd improve local solar market conditions

The City of Chicago made a timely announcement yesterday (10/21/2013) to kick off the start of Solar Power International 2013, an international conference with over 12,000 attendees hosted at McCormick Place this week. In Mayor Emanuel’s press release, he announced the culmination of nearly 2 years of work performed by the City, Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), the Environmental Law & Policy...

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West Monroe Partners Completes Work on Comprehensive Sustainability Energy Roadmap for Shedd Aquarium

On January 26, 2013, the Chicago Tribune’s front-page featured an articleabout Shedd Aquarium’s plan to cut their energy consumption in half by 2020. An ambitious and impressive goal! West Monroe Partners worked with Shedd to develop a sustainable energy roadmap to help them meet this target. Museums and other large institutions such as Shedd use a great deal of energy and face unique energy...

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