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Management Matters: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Utility Management Group – August 5, 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 the importance of decarbonization efforts, electricity market reform, and more. Be sure to like and comment on your favorite posts. Happy reading!


Why Utility Leaders Should Embrace a “No Regrets” Approach to Decarbonization

Val Jensen

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/pip/why-utility-leaders-should-embrace-%E2%80%9Cno-regrets%E2%80%9D-approach-decarbonization

In this post, Val Jensen, Senior Fellow at ICF Climate Center suggests that, for utilities, decarbonization should be viewed as a key framing element of long-term strategies. Val notes that, in order to adapt to such a future, utilities must understand why decarbonization should be at the core of any strategy, how to reframe programs and goals through a decarbonization lens, and how to embrace a “no regrets” approach to future investments.


Pollinator Conservation Certification Taking Flight in 2022

Jessica Fox

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/o/EPRI/pollinator-conservation-certification-taking-flight-2022

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is working to create a certification program for electric power companies that implement conservation practices for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Jessica Fox, Senior Technical Executive at EPRI explains in this article that the program will be similar to Bee Better, developed by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, which certifies habitat restoration on farms of all kinds. Xerces is involved in the current process as well and anticipates releasing the new certification opportunity in late 2022. EPRI’s role is to ensure that the certification development process is transparent and allows for multi-stakeholder input.


Teaching Machines to Find Critical Facilities for Emergency Response

Cory Hatch  

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/o/idaho-national-labs/teaching-machines-find-critical-facilities-emergency-response

In this piece, Cory Hatch, Senior Science Writer at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) notes that critical infrastructure in the U.S. is increasingly interdependent and interconnected. Damage to any one system can affect many more, which is why understanding how these systems work together is critical. Yet, finding those interconnections is difficult and time-consuming. That’s why researchers at INL are now using machine learning to catalog them. A comprehensive understanding can help agencies like FEMA better direct resources in the event of a natural disaster. Cory provides insight into just how the technology is being used.


Who’s Afraid of an Energy Market Reform Study Bill?

Diane Cherry

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/pip/who%E2%80%99s-afraid-energy-market-reform-study-bill

Here, Diane Cherry, Principal at Diane Cherry Consulting, LLC poses the question, “Why is Duke Energy so afraid of a study bill in North Carolina?” Her answer is that customers would gain massive savings if government-regulated electric monopolies were reformed and subject to competition on a level playing field. She notes that energy costs have increased even though consumption has remained steady and that customers should expect continued rate increases, which is bad for business customers within North and South Carolina. She also describes the strong support there for electricity market reform, which has received pushback from Duke.   


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