Management Matters: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Utility Management Group – April 14, 2022
- Apr 14, 2022 8:46 pm GMT
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 how utilities are supporting increased EV use, the importance of micro grids, and more. Be sure to like and comment on your favorite posts. Happy reading!
Working From Home Is Here to Stay: How Can Utilities and States Adapt to the Impact on Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions?
COVID impacted the distribution of energy use, pushing it from workplaces to homes. In this article, Sabrina Oudin, Manager – Residential Strategy at Franklin Energy points out that remote work is here to stay, so utilities should look for ways to adapt to increased residential use and to reduce GHG emissions. They include supporting commercial and industrial customers, encouraging work-from-home days, offering more virtual services to customers, and providing additional support to customers who may be experiencing abnormally high home energy bills.
Con Edison Helping NYC Drivers Shift to Electric Cars With More Places To Charge Up
Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/um/con-edison-helping-nyc-drivers-shift-electric-cars-more-places-charge
EVs are becoming more commonplace in New York and Con Edison is doing all it can to help drivers adjust. In this piece, Anne Marie Corbalis, Media Manager at Con Edison explains that efforts include 2,065 Level 2 chargers and 260 DC fast chargers within the utility’s service territory, as well as 100 curbside chargers open to the public. The PowerReady program offers financial support for installing EV chargers and the Smart Charge NY program offers financial rewards for charging during off-peak hours.
Investing in the Power Grid
Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/um/investing-power-grid
In this post, Oswald Smiley, PE, CPP, Regional Operations Manager at Jamaica Public Service Company explains the importance of micro grids. Benefits include reliability, carbon emission reduction, diversification of energy sources, and cost reduction. Micro grids are especially important for the large portion of the world’s population that lacks access to electricity. In remote areas, such access is often the starting point for job creation and economic growth. This item is part of the Investing in the Grid 2022 Special Issue.
SDG&E Releases Decarbonization Roadmap With First Utility Industry Standard Reliability Analysis
California’s goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2045 is ambitious and a new study released by SDG&E offers recommendations to help meet this challenge. The study focuses on how to decarbonize key economic sectors like transportation. Here, Sara Prince, Communications Manager at SDG&E notes that it incorporates a first-time utility industry standard for reliability and concludes that a diversified decarbonization approach is necessary. SDG&E plans to share the study widely with key stakeholders to encourage conversations and cross-sector collaboration.
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