Blog Series – Part 1: Understanding Blockchain in Utilities

Blog Series – Part 1: Understanding Blockchain in Utilities

Most have heard of Bitcoin – the cryptocurrency currently rising in popularity and stock, and a hot topic of conversation. Bitcoin was created in 2008 as the world’s first decentralized digital currency by Satoshi Nakamoto. Bitcoin is the poster child for blockchain technology, but its rise to stardom raises questions regarding its role in various industries outside of banking and...

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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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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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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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Major Announcement in Oil & Gas:  Colorado Supreme Court Decision on Hydraulic Fracturing Bans

Major Announcement in Oil & Gas: Colorado Supreme Court Decision on Hydraulic Fracturing Bans

On Monday, May 2, the Colorado Supreme Court announced decisions holding invalid and unenforceable two separate ordinances enacted by the Cities of Fort Collins and Longmont, respectively, which prohibited the use of hydraulic fracturing for gas extraction.  These decisions establish precedent regarding what has been an on-going battle in the regulation of the Colorado oil and gas industry...

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Utility Assistance Programs: A third-party portal can help build a greater community presence

Utility Assistance Programs: A third-party portal can help build a greater community presence

In order to maximize the benefits of a customer assistance program, utilities are looking closer at community involvement. In the article Utility Assistance Programs: Maximizing Outcomes for Both Customers & Utilities we discussed how a utility can increase revenue and decrease bad debt, increase access for low income customers to vital resources (water, electricity and gas), decrease the...

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Utilities’ Aging Workforce: Then and Now

Utilities’ Aging Workforce: Then and Now

In the late 70’s and early 80’s a majority of people who began work at local utilities did so with the expectation of starting and ending their career with the same company. It was stable with low risk and good benefits: Why Not? Back in 2003, when I entered the industry as a recent college graduate, I noticed that a substantial number of employees were coming up on retirement after completing...

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Why Should Utilities Use Technology to Drive Efficiency and Protect Water Quality?

Why Should Utilities Use Technology to Drive Efficiency and Protect Water Quality?

Flint, Michigan has become a lightning rod for attention to the financial needs of water infrastructure in the United States. But the financial issue cannot be separated from the needs of proper utility management. The potable water industry was built with a very conservative approach to operations with the protection of public health, and a philosophy of water quality first and foremost.…

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Cyber-attack in Ukraine a Red Flag for Power Distribution Networks

Cyber-attack in Ukraine a Red Flag for Power Distribution Networks

‘..the first known power outage caused by hackers and also the most complex cyber-attack on infrastructure to date.’ The Institute of Engineering and Technology, Jan 19, 2016 On December 23, 2015 an outage in Western Ukraine’s Prykarpattya Oblenergo and Kyivoblenergo power distribution networks lost power between three to six hours, affecting between 80,000-700,000 customers.…

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