Digital Digest: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Intelligent Utility Network – October 29, 2021

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Welcome to the Intelligent Utility Network roundup, Digital Digest. As always, your fellow network members are paying close attention to digital utility and mobile workforce trends and sharing their insights. This month’s selection includes information about why utilities should consider accepting cryptocurrency as payment, best practices for creating a digital twin, and more. Be sure to like and comment on your favorite posts. Happy reading!


Ontario Power Generation Advances Efforts to Wirelessly Monitor Its Nuclear Power Fleet

Robert Austin

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In this post, new Energy Central member Robert Austin, Senior Program Manager at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) presents an interview conducted by EPRI Journal with Kathleen Carew, Manager, Operations Production at Ontario Power Generation (OPG). Topics covered include why OPG is modernizing its nuclear fleet and how its nuclear plant modernization efforts fit into the company’s decarbonization goals, the wireless monitoring infrastructure deployed, and other modernization technologies OPG has deployed. This item is part of the Advances in Utility Digitalization special issue.


Cryptocurrency and Utility Companies

Ali Saberi

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Many utilities only started using billing portals, SMS payments, and apps to accept payments in the last few years. Taking the next step to accepting cryptocurrency may seem unnecessary. But, in this article, new Energy Central member Ali Saberi, CTO/Founder USA at Utilli points out that there are good reasons to do so. Accepting cryptocurrency as payment could reduce the amount of time it takes for utilities to collect payments. It could also create a standardized payment method for companies that work with providers overseas. This item is part of the Advances in Utility Digitalization special issue.


Apply These 6 Techniques To Create a Digital Twin

Emily Speiser

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Facing the needs to meet shifting energy demands and prepare for the future of smart energy systems, utilities must improve their operations. In this piece, Emily Speiser notes that one of the most effective tools for doing so is digital twins. She presents six techniques for fully realizing the value of this helpful technology. They are utilizing intelligent design, improving infrastructure data accuracy, transforming paper processes to a digital workflow, investing in grid modernization, thinking broadly about complex challenges, and searching for an end-to-end solution. This item is part of the Advances in Utility Digitalization special issue.


The Future of Energy Depends on DERMS

Becky Wheeler

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Here, Becky Wheeler, Head of Marketing at PXiSE Energy Solutions explains that the value of distributed energy resources (DERs) to both utilities and their customers is considerable — but only if they are properly managed. A key tool for doing so is a distributed energy resource management system (DERMS), which gives grid operators a comprehensive view of everything happening on the grid. A DERMS can balance power between intermittent assets, energy storage, and legacy power plants. Becky provides several examples of successful DERMS deployments, which are helping utilities gain all the benefits of the clean energy revolution.


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