Management Matters: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Utility Management Group – January 21, 2021

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Welcome to the Utility Management Group roundup, Management Matters. As always, your fellow group members are paying close attention to utility management trends and sharing their insights. This month’s selection includes information about shifting energy demand due to changing workforce habits, a successful electric transportation initiative, and more. Be sure to like and comment on your favorite posts. Happy reading!


Florida Municipals Provide Affordable, Reliable and Clean Electricity

Jacob Williams

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In this piece, Jacob Williams, General Manager and CEO at the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) describes how his organization assists in providing customers with low-cost, reliable, and clean power. In the area served by the FMPA, power use is relatively high, and incomes are relatively low, so the agency works to keep costs down. It also strives to ensure power is reliable using a young, efficient generation fleet. And the organization works to deliver clean energy through an affordable solar energy program. 


Reacting to the Unpredictable

Peter Watson

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Some weather events in 2020 were notable for their destruction, including a derecho that developed in Iowa in August, likely the most damaging thunderstorm in U.S. history. In this article, Peter Watson, CTO at ACW Analytics describes how storms like this one can be highly damaging, yet difficult to predict and, therefore, difficult to manage. However, he notes, data sources can be used following the events to reconstruct them, estimate their impact, and enable utility managers to give emergency responders the situational awareness they need to react.


How a Changing Workforce Is Reshaping Energy Demand

Rick Fisher

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As work patterns shift due to the COVID-19 pandemic, energy demand is changing too. Here, Rick Fisher, Product Director, Financial Planning & Analysis explains the impact of three key trends: increased adoption of work-from-home (WFH), increased electricity demand shift from commercial to residential, and increased migration to the suburbs. He urges utilities to consider how these trends may impact the future electricity demand within their service area, to ensure they can make the strategic adjustments needed to thrive in this emerging environment.


Austin Energy’s Approach to Support the EV Market: Educate, Promote Equity, Act Like a Start-Up

Daniel Bowermaster

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As Daniel Bowermaster, Senior Program Manager, Electric Transportation explains in this post, Austin Energy is seeking to increase market share in electric transportation. To meet this goal, it has created several programs designed to make electric vehicles (EVs) more accessible and affordable for low- and moderate-income groups and to promote their use. The programs seem to be working, with the number of charging ports and enrollments in an unlimited charging network increasing dramatically.  


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