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Utility Management Roundup: Recent Must-Read Posts From Fellow Community Members

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Greetings Utility Management Group members!

Innovation continues to be strong in the utility industry and your fellow community members are keeping up with all the latest developments. They include new energy sources, business models, metrics, and more. Click through to the posts described here using the links below and find many other fascinating articles in the Utility Management Group. Be sure to like your favorite articles and remember that your comments are always welcome. 

Happy reading from Energy Central Community Manager Karen Marcus.

Off at the Bloomberg New Energy London Summit … #BNEFSummit

By Kevin O’Donovan, posted on October 26

While attending the BloombergNEF London Summit, held virtually this year, Kevin was keeping his eyes open for new and interesting technologies. In this post, he shares his observations, including information about blue hydrogen, carbon capture, and energy density.

RJIC, an Alternative to the LCOE

By Steve Buryk, posted on October 20

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The Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) is a metric used to assess the commercial viability of power plants. While it serves to simplify, it also has flaws. In this piece, Steve proposes a new metric, the Return Justified Installation Cost (RJIC), which focuses on installation costs rather than the power price.

Aligning Utility Performance With the Public Interest

By Dan Cross-Call, posted on October 20

The Rocky Mountain Institute has issued a new report titled PIMs for Progress, referring to performance incentive mechanisms. Here, Dan summarizes the report and provides recommendations to regulators, utilities, and other stakeholders for future PIM development.

Microgrids – A New Utility Business Model?

By Nevelyn Black, posted on October 14

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Microgrids can provide power in the event of natural disasters preventing the larger power grid from doing so; and demand for microgrids is increasing. Yet, microgrids present several challenges for utilities. In this article, Nevelyn explores how they’re navigating restrictions and opportunities.

NextEra and Duke: A Third Wave of Mergers?  

By Rakesh Sharma, posted on October 8

In this post, Rakesh explains how a third wave of utility mergers may be following the first one in the early 1990s and the second in the late 1990s. While the driving force then was regulation, the impetus for the next one may be climate change, which is pushing utilities to create scalable operations.

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