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Utility Management Roundup: Must-Read Posts From the Past Two Weeks

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Greetings Utility Management Group members!

Utility managers may have a lot of challenges on their plate but, as your fellow community members demonstrate in these and other articles, they’re also great at finding ways to address them. Whether helping out in a time of crisis with temporary shut-off halts, being purposive in rebuilding products, or ramping up efforts to achieve net-zero emissions, utilities are taking countless positive steps. Follow the links below to read these instructive Utility Management articles from the past two weeks.

Happy reading from Energy Central Community Manager Karen Marcus!

Utilities Across the Country Are Halting Shut-Offs in Response to Coronavirus

By Christopher Neely, posted on March 16

Changes to normal life continue to appear daily in efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus, and that includes utility operations. As Christopher explains in this article, some utilities are halting shut-offs until after the crisis has passed.

Energy as a Service: A Strategic Challenge and Key Opportunity for ESCOs

By Sasha Wedekind, posted on March 12

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Energy as a Service (EaaS) has the potential to enable companies to focus on their core mission rather than energy management. In this piece, Sasha points out that this method of energy delivery presents a challenge to more traditional energy savings performance contracting (ESPC).

Shared Link: Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office White Paper

By Richard Brooks, posted on March 10

The Massachusetts Attorney General’s office has published a white paper summarizing the challenges of the New England energy transition. In his comments to this shared link, Richard commends the office for taking the lead to address critical market design issues.

Transforming Legacy Monolith to a Product That Matters!

By Kishore Koduri, posted on March 10

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Businesses can get stuck in products they created long ago. When an update is finally approved, Kishore suggests, there are some best practices that can help ensure a true improvement. For example, start with a vision, consolidate a team, and use metrics to guide progress.

Michigan Utility Becomes First in U.S. to Declare 2040 Net-Zero Goal

By The Energy Mix, posted on March 7

In this article, The Energy Mix describes Consumers Energy’s announcement that it has set 2040 as a deadline for bringing its greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero. The utility plans to close its last coal plant by 2040 and invest heavily in energy efficiency and solar.

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