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New Orleans' Peak-Time Rebate a Strong Draw for Low-Income Customers

March 28, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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Peak-Time Rebate

No matter how much customer engagement is talked about, many utilities seem to have trouble interacting with low-income customers. But the results from one pilot funded by the DoE’s Smart Grid Investment Grants found one pricing plan enabled by smart meters was well received by low-income customers.[read more]

This Is What the Utility Death Spiral Looks Like

March 6, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Utility Death Spiral

The German mega-utility RWE provided another dismal reminder of the painful transition European power companies are undergoing. According to 2013 financial results, the utility lost more than $3.8 billion last year as it cycled down unprofitable fossil fuel plants due to sliding wholesale prices.[read more]

Six Reasons Why Utility Professionals Should Care About Data Analytics

February 10, 2014 by Usman Sindhu

At the recent DistribuTECH 2014 conference and trade show, almost every session touched on big data and analytics in some way. The question is: Will big data and analytics be the key that allows utilities to bridge the chasm between technology and people/process improvements?[read more]

3 Ways Superstorm Sandy Could Change Utilities Forever

November 9, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

A year after Sandy, the utilities that suffered the most damage and the longest outages have been taken to task by politicians and regulators. The starkest example is Long Island Power Authority, which was stripped down, privatized and will now be run by PSE&G.[read more]

Energy Risks: Sex, Murder, Public Utility Capital Ratios

June 19, 2013 by Adam James

What do sex, murder, and public utility capital ratios have in common? They all carry a certain level of risk. Let’s start with the most exciting one; capital ratios for public utilities.[read more]