Distribution and Transmission Operators Address DER Interconnection Opportunities

Distribution and Transmission Operators Address DER Interconnection Opportunities

Key Learnings from the EUCI Conference: Optimizing the Interconnection Process for Renewables & Storage Over the summer, West Monroe co-sponsored EUCI’s Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Interconnection conference in Philadelphia. Multiple leaders of the DER interconnection process at major utilities, including PECO, Ameren, and BGE, presented their experiences managing a process with...

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How Safe is your Supply Chain?

How Safe is your Supply Chain?

Over the years, the utility industry has developed an ingrained safety culture. When we think about these safety programs, we often think of the hard hat, the steel-toe boots, flame resistant clothing, keeping three points of contact as we climb the stairs, and dozens of other little things that can make big differences when it comes to safety.…

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Why the Grid Mod Evolution is Not a One-Size-Fits-All Endeavor

Why the Grid Mod Evolution is Not a One-Size-Fits-All Endeavor

Grid Modernization represents the single largest transformation of the electric utility post-WWII. Investments in hardware and software in the digital age promise a more resilient and reliable grid poised to serve the U.S. well into the 21st century. In this article, we discuss the primary drivers of Grid Mod efforts, how they vary by utility, and how approaches have evolved over time.…

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How to Build an Analytics Center of Excellence to Tackle Utility Problems

How to Build an Analytics Center of Excellence to Tackle Utility Problems

We recently attended the annual gathering of utility practitioners at Utility Analytics Week in San Antonio. A common theme discussed was “how do we get started?”, “where do we start?”, and “how do we justify the cost?”. Electric utilities are becoming increasingly digitally-oriented and data intensive with the adoption of AMI meters, deployment of SCADA systems across the grid, and...

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Blog Series – Part 2: DOE’s Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule

Blog Series – Part 2: DOE’s Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule

Compounding Inequality for Customers This second blog in a series discussing the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) issued by the Department of Energy (DOE) examines potential adverse effects on electricity customers. Aside from the debate around whether this NOPR would improve grid resiliency, the proposed pricing rule can fundamentally alter wholesale electricity markets.…

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Blog Series – Part 1: DOE’s Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule

Blog Series – Part 1: DOE’s Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule

A Wrench in the Wholesale Electricity Market On September 28, 2017, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) titled, “Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule.” This first blog in a series summarizes the NOPR and discusses the fundamental issue behind the rule: The DOE seeks action within 60 days (by November 27, 2017) from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission...

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Exiting the Paris Agreement: A Small Piece of Trump’s Larger Dismantling

Exiting the Paris Agreement: A Small Piece of Trump’s Larger Dismantling

The Paris Agreement is intended to bring nations together to address and combat climate change with a goal of keeping global temperature rise this century to well below 2 °C (3.6 °F above pre-industrial levels). In this blog, we discuss what the Administration’s decision to exit from the Paris Agreement means for the energy and utility industries in the United States.…

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