DER Aggregation: Bi-Directional Data Flow Disrupting Bulk Power System Model

DER Aggregation: Bi-Directional Data Flow Disrupting Bulk Power System Model

Distributed Energy Resource (DER) advancement is the driver to create significant growth in two-way data flow between DER devices and grid control systems, as well as between DER owners/aggregators and other market actors. Driven by requirements to support greater amounts of renewables, our distribution grids are transforming to accommodate two-way electricity and two-way data flow on the...

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Energy Harvesting: A Watershed Event for Increasing AMI Battery Life?

Energy Harvesting: A Watershed Event for Increasing AMI Battery Life?

What about AMI battery life? Water utilities throughout the United States are evaluating advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) as a way to improve meter read accuracy and reduce operational costs. In virtually every planning meeting, the topic of AMI battery life bubbles up. AMI devices are battery powered, and once the battery fails, the device must be replaced.…

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The Human Side of Digital Transformation: The Consumer & Provider Relationship

The Human Side of Digital Transformation: The Consumer & Provider Relationship

Part 3: The Consumer & Provider Relationship This is the final blog of a three-part series discussing the key contributions of the human element within a digital strategy. The term “digital transformation” can prompt thoughts of a change related event that is purely technology driven; however, the opposite is true. To “go digital” requires a cultural shift that places human collaboration...

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The Human Side of Digital Transformation: Governance Modeling

The Human Side of Digital Transformation: Governance Modeling

Part 2: Governance Modeling: A Central Component for Digital Transformation One of our clients posed a very interesting question about six months ago. Paraphrasing, he stated, “…anybody can build a bot, but nobody is providing a solution to govern them.” Over the course of the past six months, we have found many companies struggling with this question; however, the following reoccurring themes...

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The Human Side of Digital Transformation: Shaping Consumer Demand with Business Capabilities

The Human Side of Digital Transformation: Shaping Consumer Demand with Business Capabilities

Part 1: Shaping Consumer Demand with Business Capabilities This is the first of a three-part blog series explaining the human contribution within a digital strategy. From a foundational perspective, digital transformation is the application of digital capabilities to processes and products for improving efficiency, enhancing customer value, managing risk, and uncovering new opportunities for...

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The Future of Energy on Display at AEC 2018

The Future of Energy on Display at AEC 2018

The Advanced Energy Conference in New York City brought together utility and energy business leaders, researchers, technologists, and policy makers. A mix of plenary and breakout sessions were supplemented by exhibits and networking opportunities as attendees listened and engaged in discussion on the current state of the industry, and various futures on the horizon.…

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World Water Day 2018: How will you be a better water steward?

World Water Day 2018: How will you be a better water steward?

Today, March 22, is recognized by the United Nations as World Water Day and focuses on the importance of water. Our water systems today face urgent and dire situations – Cape Town, South Africa is rationing water and quickly approaching “Day Zero,” when fresh water supplies will go dry. Officials in Flint, Michigan are returning to court, facing involuntary manslaughter charges as well as...

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The Perfect Storm for Energy Companies: Low Oil and Peak Demand

The Perfect Storm for Energy Companies: Low Oil and Peak Demand

The term “A Perfect Storm” is commonly referenced when multiple events occur simultaneously to create a worst-case scenario. Often overused, this phrase has become synonymous with many things, from cataclysmic weather events to financial crises. For the global energy industry, sustained low oil prices and the emergence of demand-side technology improvements across multiple fronts have created...

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Blockchain in Energy: The Future of Tomorrow?

Blockchain in Energy: The Future of Tomorrow?

The Blockchain in Energy Forum, hosted by Greentech Media in New York last week, gathered leaders from across utilities, start-ups, investors, and policymakers for a day of networking and discussion on recent innovations, best practices and future developments in the use of blockchain technology in the energy sector. The agenda offered participants a chance to gain a better understanding of...

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Can the Olympics be Sustainable?

Can the Olympics be Sustainable?

With the 2018 Winter Olympics in the rearview mirror, the elite athletes who competed and their dedicated fans have returned home. Some will be basking in the glory of new Olympic medals and career-launching wins, while others may be coping with defeat or injuries. But what about the communities that host them, and the impact to their residents and environment once everyone has left?…

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Are You Prepared for the Utility of the Future?

Are You Prepared for the Utility of the Future?

The magnitude of opportunity and change facing utility executives is both exciting and overwhelming. With many facets of the business shifting all at once, it is difficult to balance successfully running today’s utility while transforming into a more efficient, more secure, customer-centric and safer organization. Through our observation of many utility environments, we believe that focusing...

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