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New State Laws Seek to Improve Transparency in Utility Leak Management

September 22, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Leaks and Transparency

A new Massachusetts law requiring gas utilities to annually report the location and age of known gas leaks has, for the first time, enabled the mapping of gas leaks from natural gas distribution across the state. This effort parallels EDF’s methane mapping project.[read more]

Trending Topics: How Utilities Can Deliver Value for Customers and Society

August 26, 2015 by America's Power Plan

Utilities and Delivering Value

As with any investor-owned company, managers of investor-owned utilities (IOUs) are obligated to maximize shareholder value. So it pays when regulators can find ways to align shareholder value creation with the public interest. Enter performance-based regulation.[read more]

It's Not Magic, It's Voltage Optimization

April 22, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Voltage Optimization

Imagine homeowners and businesses saving millions of dollars – and cutting pollution – without needing to do anything. Magic? No, but it does require electric utilities to take advantage of new technologies that better provide customers with just the right amount of voltage to their electrical outlets.[read more]

How Utilities Can Build Expertise with the Five V's of Data

March 10, 2015 by Christine Hertzog

There’s been a significant amount of hype about the Smart Grid’s four Vs of data – volume, velocity, variety, and veracity. But there’s a missing element to these discussions, and that’s the fifth V – the value of data. In the Age of the Prosumer, the value of data has profound implications for the utility sector.[read more]

Why Utilities are Forcing You to Install a Smart Meter

March 7, 2015 by Sarah Battaglia

You can run from them, but you can’t hide. Smart meters are on track to become the next big necessity for both residential and commercial energy users. Navigant Research forecasts the economic opportunity from these state-of-the-art devices will reach about $57 billion worldwide in the next 10 years.[read more]

How Much Do You Know About Your Electric Utility?

March 5, 2015 by Coley Girouard

Utility Structure

Does your utility sell you power from its own power plants, or procure power on the open market on your behalf? Do you have the right to shop around for your electric power among competitive providers? Do other states do this the same way? Do you even know?[read more]

What is Prosumer Value to Utilities?

March 3, 2015 by Christine Hertzog

The Age of the Prosumer presents challenges for utilities used to thinking of their customers in terms of kilowatthours consumed. The Smart Grid is responsible for these challenges, borne out of technology, policy, and capital innovations. These innovations trigger many disruptions to the utility business model.[read more]

Does Merger Madness Signal Return of the Mega-Utility?

February 17, 2015 by Coley Girouard

Utilities and Mergers

The Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 limited the size of utility holding companies and to keep the regulated entities separate from their unregulated affiliates. That law was repealed with the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which opened the door for consolidation of utilities. Now, that door is wide open.[read more]

We Read the Comments, So You Don't Have To, Part 4: Utilities

January 21, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

EPA Regulation Comments by Utility Interests

The EPA received millions of comments on the Clean Power Plan. But don't worry; our Carbon Policy Analysts identified the top comments and plowed through them. This is the fourth post analyzing those comments, and it covers comments from major utilities and utility groups.[read more]

Worries About Consumers Cutting Utility Ties Are Overblown, Say Analysts

January 18, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Consumer Energy Choices

Many years ago, utilities awoke to a threat that an industry trade group warned might cause "major disruptions" to electricity supplies. Worries about the threat ran all the way up to the White House and Congress, where politicians predicted an unraveling of the electric system.[read more]

Finding Energy Efficiency's Next Purpose: Leveraging Energy Efficiency to Enhance Customer Satisfaction

December 8, 2014 by Subu Balan

Energy Efficiency and Customer Satisfaction

Energy efficiency will continue to evolve and advance in the years ahead. Beyond the perception of energy efficiency as merely a vehicle steered by political or environmental drivers, there is significant value in employing it to elevate customer satisfaction.[read more]

Three Global Utility Metatrends

November 19, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

European Utility Week serves as an excellent venue to obtain more global industry perspectives than what is typically found in most industry events. In the case of the 2014 event, it served to reinforce the conclusion that there are really three global metatrends in play for electric utilities.[read more]

Survey: Utilities See Threat, Opportunity in Distributed Generation

August 18, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Utilities and Distributed Generation


United States utilities see both threat and opportunity in the rise of customer-owned solar systems. Sure, all that new distributed generation could help them avoid building new power plants in the future. But it could also threaten utility business models.[read more]

The Great Electric Company Growth Opportunity

July 24, 2014 by Elias Hinckley

Utilities and Growth Choices

Energy use in the United States can be split into two large (very, very large) pies. One is electricity for use in homes, buildings, and industry, and the other is transportation, which is powered primarily by liquid fuels (gasoline and diesel) from oil.[read more]