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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Five Key Takeaways from DistribuTECH 2016

Five Key Takeaways from DistribuTECH 2016

The dust has settled after a great week in Florida at DistribuTECH, where it was once again clear why this is a “can’t miss” event for those within the Energy and Utility space. This year’s theme “Focus on the Future” accurately captured the tone and frame of mind among the thousands of attendees, including a diverse group of Utilities, service and technology providers, product manufacturers...

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Five Great Reasons to Start Retiring Your Analog Circuits ASAP

Five Great Reasons to Start Retiring Your Analog Circuits ASAP

Everyone knows the days of the US telecom carriers supporting their old copper facilities are numbered. All the major service providers have filed with PUC’s and the FCC stating this fact. So why haven’t all utilities started the undertaking of finding new telecommunication solutions to replace those old POTs and Class A circuits when such critical services as SCADA and teleprotection ride...

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The Utility IoT: Can the Smart Grid make our Homes, Businesses & Cities Smarter?

The Utility IoT: Can the Smart Grid make our Homes, Businesses & Cities Smarter?

It’s an undeniable fact that things in our lives are getting smarter: from cars, to homes and workplace technology, and even urban infrastructure. The foundation that drives this ‘smartening’ trend is the inclusion of new technology that connects devices – sensors, controllers, and meters – around us, commonly called the “Internet of Things” (or IoT, for short).…

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Federated or Distributed Versus Consolidated or Shared Services

A utility billing and collection services perspective Not too long ago in a galaxy far, far away, I had the responsibility of running one of the largest “meter to cash” operations in the country.  I recall my boss saying many a time during a presentation when numbers related to our scale came up “this slide says we’re big!” Scale was definitely an issue to consider in running my operation and...

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Active Consolidation in the US Water Market is Needed to Keep Pace with Market Demands

While the private sector has a rich history of merging companies for operational efficiencies, or financial gain, the water industry has little experience in this regard.  According to the USEPA, there are 155,000 water providers in the USA. By any definition, this is a highly fragmented industry, with differentiation primarily in the number of customers served, from dozens to millions. …

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Why is Conservation Driving Water Rates Up?

The fixed costs in most water utilities (depreciation, labor, amortization, maintenance, taxes, regulatory compliance, overheads, etc.) are far greater than the fixed charge on a customer’s bills. The commodity charge in theory should cover the variable costs of production only (power, chemicals, and residuals) but that creates a high base bill that neither municipalities nor state regulators...

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Sustainability Touches Work and Recreation

The Energy & Utilities team of West Monroe Partners recently had the opportunity to visit a methane digester, solar array, and brewery during its bi-annual collaboration retreat in Eau Claire, WI. You may notice an outlier in that group of tours. How do Leinenkugel and other breweries relate to sustainability? One of the first things you notice on a tour of any brewery is that it takes a...

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