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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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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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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Can New Pricing Models Capture the True Value of Water?

Can New Pricing Models Capture the True Value of Water?

Many water utilities are currently experiencing high sensitivity to demand and revenue fluctuations. As capital expenditures to maintain and upgrade distribution infrastructure become inevitable, many utilities are also facing increasing pressure to conserve resources and maintain water quality. Evaluating potential rate structures may reveal solutions to provide revenue stability while...

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Utility Industry Trends: Taking Stock & Reflecting

Utility Industry Trends: Taking Stock & Reflecting

The 3rd annual NY Energy Revolution Summit in New York City, was well attended and insightful. Speakers and panelists were dominated by utility executives and industry professionals sharing their respective experience in meeting the requirements of an industry in transition. While challenges remain to create a robust and customer-centric distribution system operator platform, progress...

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Isolating the Cardholder Data Environment with Network Segmentation

Isolating the Cardholder Data Environment with Network Segmentation

In a recent post, we discussed many of the challenges with attesting to PCI DSS compliance, including a description of some of the factors that are often overlooked when defining the cardholder data environment (CDE). See “Common Misconceptions around the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)” from our recent series of blogs on PCI DSS-related topics for more information. …

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Regulatory Risk Assessment and Management

David South, Jack Winter, and I hosted a webinar (slides are available on our website) on July 9th presenting “the business case” for using an enterprise risk management (ERM) approach to planning compliance with the proposed EPA Clean Power Plan (CPP) rules. Participants reacted favorably to this approach. In further developing the ERM model, we are now adding to our collection of power plant...

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CO2 Performance Standard – What it means for you!

The Obama Administration and US EPA are moving aggressively to regulate carbon emissions from power plants. It was only a matter time. Since 2007, carbon emissions from power plants and mobile sources, together with methane leaks from an aged natural gas pipeline infrastructure have come under greater scrutiny as severe weather events attributed to climate change have caused physical...

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CFPB: A Modern Day Superman?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has an agenda, and they aren’t shy about sharing it. With two years of operating experience under their belt, CFPB is proving to be a results oriented and galvanizing organization. Empowering consumers to know and demand their rights is on their docket, and they are eagerly serving as a financial watchdog for institutions that don’t “play nice” with...

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