In partnership with AESP: The increasing roles of DERs, connected technology and Big Data are driving rapid change in energy efficiency. As we shape the Utility of the future, this community will help you keep up with the latest developments. 

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Working smarter is every utility’s goal. Robotic Process Automation (RPA) replaces repetitive manual tasks, such as filing expense reports, with automated solutions. These products are designed to cut costs, increase efficiencies, and improve the bottom line. Consequently, RPA revenue in the utility industry is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25.8%, reaching $470.9 million in 2027, according to Navigant Research. How much do you know about RPA? Is your company testing these tools at all? Why or why not?

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Rick Engebretson on Oct 3, 2018

I got an email inviting a "what am I doing" comment or post regarding energy efficiency. This post reflects something I'm doing. Automation and energy monitoring is growing fast, everywhere. Instead of speculation, here are some useful learning paths.

The Atmel, now Microchip, microcontrollers are a global success. And include Arduino products. Reading the controller chip specs, a vast library of applications, joining user groups, and learning assembly language programming is important.

Several years ago I got a source copy of GAVRasm, Gerhard Schmidt's assembler program written in FreePascal. Editing this program using NEDIT on Linux with 10 virtual desktops and a modern display monitor is amazing for a guy who learned assembly language using punch cards. Instrumentation and automation was my job then. The opportunity and importance of this technology in every productivity field is paramount.

I could flesh out more detail, but I didn't see any detail in the original post. However, if I wanted detail I would read the vast library of microcontroller specs, or Linux specs, or whatever. To conclude, this technology has exploded, and it isn't going away.

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