Postings tagged with: utilities


Chris King| Aug 05, 2015

Utilities of the Future: British Gas Refocusing on Customers

Much has been said about the "utility of the future." British Gas is joining other European majors such as E.ON and RWE and not just talking the talk but walking the walk.In its earnings announcement last week, Centrica (British Gas's parent) said it was cutting back investment in its oil and gas division and focusing on being a customer-facing business. This was the headline finding from its corporate strategic review.Like E.ON and RWE, British Gas is turning toward what it calls its ...

Chris King| Jul 24, 2015

Empowered Consumers Like their Utility

J.D. Power’s new customer satisfaction survey found consumers want to control their energy use and, actually, communicate with their utility. They also like having choices.Overall customer satisfaction rose for the third year in a row, with communications and price satisfaction the drivers. Today's customers not only want more communication, but they want it to empower them. Control: consumers want more control over their energy consumption and production. Almost 30% of customers are considerin ...

Chris King| Jun 24, 2015

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New York Approves Major New Demand Response Programs for This Summer

Last week, in its Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding, and based on the success of a similar program at Consolidated Edison of New York, the New York Public Service Commission approved new demand response programs for the other four regulated New York’s utilities: Central Hudson Electric & Gas, New York State Electric and Gas, Niagara Mohawk Power, and Rochester Gas and Electric. The programs are in line with the state’s REV vision, a process for transitioning the electric system t ...

Usman Sindhu| May 27, 2015

Exploring Merits of the Transactive Energy Model

I recently attended a workshop hosted by GridWise Architecture Council (GWAC) on transactive energy. The participants discussed developments of Transactive Energy in North America. There was discussion on how Transactive Energy concept is evolving and who can benefit from it. According to GWAC: “The term “transactive energy” is used here to refer to techniques for managing the generation, consumption or flow of electric power within an electric power system through the use of economic or market ...

Chris King| May 08, 2015

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Georgia Power: Leveraging Smart Meters for Consumer Benefits

New ways to pay for electricity are gaining traction with consumers in in Georgia. Smart meters have enabled Georgia Power to introduce several alternative residential rate offerings. Georgia Power already offers the world's largest commercial/industrial real-time pricing program. This experience has proven helpful as the utility expands this strategy into the residential market. So far, 10% of Georgia Power residential customers have selected one of these alternative residential tariffs: Time-o ...

Chris King| Apr 27, 2015

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Tesla, cheaper batteries for solar systems, and managing the demise of traditional utility business models

A few weeks ago, Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk took to Twitter to issue a new product announcement tease: “Major new Tesla product line—not a car—will be unveiled at our Hawthorne Design Studio on Thursday at 8 pm, April 30.” Word on the street is that the new product will be Tesla’s entry into home energy storage, leveraging Tesla’s battery Gigafactory announced last year. This joint venture between Tesla and Panasonic, expected to be completed in Nevada in 2020, would become the world’s larg ...

Alicia Carrasco| Apr 22, 2015

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Transforming Energy Regulations and Markets: Ofgem Seeks Input

As the electric power industry evolves, new business models present many opportunities and risks. Seeking options to constructively and proactively transform the energy market (while also lowering electric bills, benefiting the environment, and protecting the interest of current and future consumers) U.K. energy regulator Ofgem has opened a consultation to investigate nontraditional business models. Submit comments to Ofgem here: http://bit.ly/1Ga0I24. Input is invited from from utilities, i ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| Mar 30, 2015

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Smart Water: Helping water utilities get ahead of infrastructure challenges

Water utilities face more daunting challenges than ever before: infrastructure keeps aging, demand for water keeps growing, pressure to conserve is higher and water supply is less secure -- all while resources to repair, upgrade and expand water networks remain constrained. Applying smart metering and other intelligence to distribution networks can help water utilities get ahead of all of these challenges. A new publication from Siemens, Take Control of Your Water Future, explains how smart wate ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| Mar 24, 2015

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Making meter data management a nexus of enterprise operations: JEA case study

Utilities often deploy smart metering (AMI) networks with the initial goal of direct revenue and billing enhancements. But AMI also can be the gateway to significant strategic, business and operational benefits that can benefit every aspect of utility operations and business. When JEA (one of the largest nonprofit, community-owned utilities in the U.S., based in Jacksonville, Fla.) deployed an AMI network, they had a clear vision of a long-term strategy. AMI would improve the timeliness and reli ...

Usman Sindhu| Mar 12, 2015

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Observations from the Utility Analytics Summit 2015

The recent Utility Analytics Summit (March 3-5, Phoenix) offered insight into some innovative ways to used data analytics to solve crucial business problems. This event brought together a mix of North American utility professionals and solution providers. Here are my key takeaways: Utilities need a concerted long-term vision on analytics. Adopting a metrics-based approach to analytics is crucial. Utilities need innovative analytics solutions. Of course, "analytics" is an amorphous ...


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