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

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Greetings Utility Management Group members!

Utilities are facing a myriad of challenges and opportunities, and your fellow community members are keeping up with all the latest developments. They include stepping up EV infrastructure, finding new uses for big data, figuring out what to do as shutoff moratoriums end, 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.

Xcel Energy Launches Comprehensive EV Vision

By Daniel Bowermaster, posted on November 20

Xcel Energy has observed growing customer interest in EVs. This factor, along with others, prompted Xcel to announce a suite of EV programs and goals. In this post, Daniel describes Xcel’s approach and explains how it is just one utility making significant investments to expand EV charging infrastructure.

Data Is the New Oil, and Utilities Are Drilling for It

By Llewellyn King, posted on November 18

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In this piece, Llewellyn observes that utilities have many uses for big data. For example, it’s helping to run smart cities, build resiliency, and provide instantly actionable information. It’s also being used to shore up sustainability as part of utility infrastructure, in the form of private data networks.

Utility Triage: Restoration, Repairs, and Expiring Moratoriums

By Nevelyn Black, posted on November 17

As moratoriums on shutoffs due to nonpayment begin to expire, utilities must decide what to do. In this article, Nevelyn explains their options, including assigning delinquent charges to customers, recovering costs over time from all customers, turning bills into bonds, or “taking the hit.”

How Will Things Change for the Energy Sector Under a Biden Administration?

By Rakesh Sharma, posted on November 11

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While post-election chaos continues, President-elect Joe Biden is making plans to move forward. Here, Rakesh describes how he is likely to pursue predictable energy sector policies, including the extension of certain tax credits and spending on renewable research and development.

FERC Order 2222 – Opening Wholesale Energy Markets to Distributed Energy Resources

By JC Culberson, posted on November 5

In this post, JC reports that FERC has defined the opportunity for distributed energy resources (DERs) to participate in energy markets to a larger degree. FERC Order 2222 determines the aggregate kW threshold (100kW) for DER resources to do so, leaving the “how” decisions to ISOs and RTOs.

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