Management Matters: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Utility Management Group – May 13, 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 monopoly utilities, green energy pricing programs, and more. Be sure to like and comment on your favorite posts. Happy reading!


Power Play: Florida’s Monopoly Utilities & How We Fight Back

Alissa Jean Schafer

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In this piece, new Energy Central member Alissa Jean Schafer, Managing Owner & Director at Copper Stamp Strategy summarizes a webinar co-hosted by Solar United Neighbors, the Energy and Policy Institute, Earthjustice, and Majority Action. The topic was Florida’s investor owned, monopoly utilities, their influence on regulations and policies, and what that means for Floridians. The webinar covered the scope of influence of these utilities on Florida’s lawmakers, charitable donations with strings attached, what happens when community organizations or lawmakers push back, utility influence on regulatory bodies, utility investor concerns, and what Floridians can do.


Residential Green Energy Pricing Programs – Popular Yet Uncommon

Bill Hughes

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Although two-thirds of Americans feel a personal sense of responsibility to help reduce global warming, fewer than one in 100 American residences have signed up to participate in consumer green energy pricing programs. In this post, Bill Hughes, Principal Research Building Automation & Control at Guidehouse explains why. One reason is that green energy pricing programs involve a price premium for green power. Another is that not every consumer has the option to participate in a green pricing program. A third is that there is some confusion as to what clean energy means.


Innovations: A Personal View

Rudy Shankar

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Here, Rudy Shankar, Director of Energy Systems Engineering at Lehigh University reflects on his 40-year career in the power industry, working as a researcher, technology implementor, and educator. Using the theme of innovation, he points out that the term is often interpreted as something each person can do on their own. Yet it often requires support from colleagues and executives and is more important than ever as the industry finds new ways to address climate change. This item is part of Energy Central’s 2021-04 – Innovation in the Power Industry special issue.


Cost Management in the Utility Industry

Sahel Daqamseh

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This post from Sahel Daqamseh, Capital Cost and Planning Portfolios at PSEG serves as an introduction to a paper titled, “Cost management in the Utility Industry,” which presents information about the concept of total cost management within the utility industry. The paper points out that that utilities have more requirements for cost engineering than other industries due to challenges related to oversight, so it is important to have competent cost engineers and robust standards. This item is part of Energy Central’s 2021-04 – Innovation in the Power Industry special issue.


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