National Energy Policy: What Might We Expect with a Changing Administration?

National Energy Policy: What Might We Expect with a Changing Administration?

With a change in administration in Washington, and a Republican in the White House, and the same party controlling Congress, one might expect drastic changes in federal energy policy. However, let’s look at the facts. States are leading the energy debate, by pursuing their own aggressive strategies to promote clean and distributed energy resource use and encouraging policies to support a...

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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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Does Amendment 1 Promote Solar in Florida?

Does Amendment 1 Promote Solar in Florida?

Solar has been expanding exponentially over the past 5 years.  Yet, despite being the “sunshine state”, Florida only ranks 14th in the cumulative capacity of solar installed.  Amendment 1, titled “Rights of Electricity Consumers Regarding Solar Energy Choice” on the Florida ballot next week is intended to make a difference. But will it?  …

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A Glimpse into the Future: What California’s Utility Regulations Portends for Other States

A Glimpse into the Future: What California’s Utility Regulations Portends for Other States

California is a national leader in progressively addressing the energy and environmental issues of our time. The state is home to nearly half of the country’s solar photovoltaic capacity, half of the nation’s plug-in electric vehicles, and has more energy storage capacity than any other state. A quarter of the state’s retail electricity sales are from renewable energy resources, and this...

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Part II: What Does the Water Utility of the Future Mean for the Existing Workforce?

Part II: What Does the Water Utility of the Future Mean for the Existing Workforce?

In Part I of this two-part blog, West Monroe identified four key competency areas that we believe will be required to support the Utility of the Future: Water Resources Management Data Management Infrastructure Operations Each represents an area of transformation driven by the change in industry. After defining the areas of competency, we compared current employee types against these...

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Part I: What Does the Water Utility of the Future Mean for the Existing Workforce?

Part I: What Does the Water Utility of the Future Mean for the Existing Workforce?

The water utility landscape is evolving. Utilities are increasingly held accountable for issues related to water scarcity, water quality and flooding. As described in the first blog of our series, West Monroe believes that the Water Utility of the Future will need to develop innovative solutions to continue delivering safe drinking water and meeting growing customer demands; all under the...

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Customer Relationship: How to create value in a world of decentralized energy

Customer Relationship: How to create value in a world of decentralized energy

Paradigm Shift within the Energy Industry Whether you believe electric utilities are destined to evolve into competitive service providers or distribution system operators, or whether they’ll continue to generate revenue from cost-of-service or performance-based ratemaking, one thing is certain, the industry they do business in will evolve more in the next 10 years than it has in the previous...

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Modernizing Water Governance

Modernizing Water Governance

Changes in climate, over pumping of groundwater and channeling our waterways, have fundamentally altered our hydrology. Lack of investment has aged our infrastructure to the breaking point of public trust, and economic pressures have allowed over allocation of water while undervaluing the limited resource of fresh water. Within this context, utilities are now faced with absorbing additional...

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What is the Water Utility of the Future?

What is the Water Utility of the Future?

By Jack Winter, Peter Mulvaney and Liston Jackson Transitioning from Risk Averse to Innovative The water utility industry has historically focused its strategy around delivering the required service to customers from a regulatory compliance standpoint. This has traditionally translated into a risk averse mentality which has, in turn, led to slow adoption of new technologies and processes.…

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Implementing AMI? Five Questions Every Utility Executive Should Consider

Implementing AMI? Five Questions Every Utility Executive Should Consider

Whether it is Electric AMI, Water AMI, or a combination of the two that a utility is planning on implementing, there are numerous questions that need to be addressed to ensure the utility is set up for success. Below are five key questions all utilities should address: Do you have a communications plan in place to provide sufficient information to your internal staff and customers?…

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Optimism Matched with Skepticism: NY REVolution Summit Highlights Progress and Uncertainty

Optimism Matched with Skepticism: NY REVolution Summit Highlights Progress and Uncertainty

When discussing the goals of New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) it is hard to escape the inherent optimism surrounding such a potentially game-changing and transformative initiative. Optimism is quickly met, however, with skepticism, especially when talking about execution strategies and rate regulation. NY REV has goals to comprehensively reform and reinvent the energy landscape in...

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Water Utility Workforce of the Future

Water Utility Workforce of the Future

If you believe, as we do, that water utilities will soon be (1) consolidating (2) driven by data (3) more customer centric and (4) pushed to innovate, then we need to discuss the water utility workforce of the future. First, we must realize scarcity is nationwide issue: 40 of the 50 states anticipate water scarcity in the next 10 years.…

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