Management Matters: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Utility Management Group – January 20, 2022

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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 the future of natural gas, electrification progress, and more. Be sure to like and comment on your favorite posts. Happy reading!


What the Future Looks Like for Natural Gas

Brian Olsen

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New York City, along with half a dozen other major cities have passed restrictions on natural gas heating and cooking appliances in new construction buildings. In response, 20 states have passed legislation to prevent such bans. In this article, Brian Olsen, Senior Energy Analyst at Questline Inc. describes the many factors that make up the complex ongoing debate on this issue.  


Anterix 2021 Year in Review

Robert Schwartz

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In this piece, Robert Schwartz, President & CEO at Anterix reviews what’s been happening at the company in the past year around highlighting the power of private LTE networks in helping the utility sector meet its decarbonization and grid modernization goals. Milestones include utility spectrum agreements, technology company collaboration in bringing innovative private LTE network solutions to market, and the $1.2 trillion federal infrastructure package that specifically recognizes the importance of wireless broadband communication networks for grid modernization.    


Should Electric Rates Include Capitalized Interest on Projects?

Russ Hissom 

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Municipal electric utilities have the option to expense construction interest on major projects. But does doing so negatively impact their customers? In this post, Utility Russ Hissom, Owner of Utility Accounting Education Specialists explores that question and offers the conclusion that these utilities should capitalize construction interest rather than expensing it because doing so is fairer to customers and follows electric industry standards.


New Year, New Company, Same Commitment to Clean Energy and Equity

Calvin Butler

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In the process of repositioning as a new standalone company, Exelon intends to continue prioritizing electrification and the transition to clean energy solutions. Here, Calvin Butler, Senior EVP and COO at Exelon describes some of the key initiatives for the company in the past year. They include developing the Path to Clean program, committing to electrifying half its vehicle fleet by 2030, and joining the National Electric Highway Coalition to create a seamless national network of rapid EV charging stations connecting major highway systems.


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