Management Matters: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Utility Management Group – September 16, 2021
- Sep 15, 2021 12:40 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 using extreme weather events as opportunities to identify areas for improvement, and the importance of efficient processes, sustainability priorities, and resilience. Be sure to like and comment on your favorite posts. Happy reading!
Your Utility Should Expect the Unexpected, It's on the Way
Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/um/your-utility-should-expect-unexpected-it%E2%80%99s-way
Among the greatest challenges of leading the utility industry in today's environment is how quickly business operations and technologies driving those operations are changing. For decades, the utility industry was conservative, slow-to-move, and you pretty much knew what to expect. The 21st century utility leader does not retain the benefit of that plodding business landscape, and they must prepare for the unexpected. Llewellyn King of White House Media discusses with Paula Gold-Williams (who has been a guest on the Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast!) what that means for executives in the utility industry-- this is a truly informative perspective that you should not miss.
Electric Vehicle Rates - Can you promote electrification and still fully recover the cost to serve?
In the electric vehicle (EV) landscape, it seems like a foregone conclusion that 1) the technology will continue to improve to the efficiency and cost point at which 2) customers will continue to convert from their combustion engines in droves. What is less certain and requires some deliberate planning now is what that will mean in terms of a rate structure offered by utilities. Incentivizing charging to happen at optimal times, preparing for increased loads from commercial fleets, and more are all issues that today's utility rates were not designed to handle. Russ Hissom dives into what that could mean moving forward.
What I Should Have Written About
Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/um/what-i-should-have-written-about
One of my favorite year-end trends is annual summary articles-- both looking back at the past year of stories and looking ahead to what the next year would bring. So Dan Delurey, President of Wedgemere Group, delighted me by tapping into that model early this year, looking at what he wished he had written about as 2021 started to look like a Nostradamus for the energy world. It's fascinating how quickly yearly trends and themes change, so seeing where his head was at in January and how quickly those have changed provides some compelling perspective.
Land Research and Title Work Are Crucial for Utility Projects
Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/gr/land-research-and-title-work-are-crucial-utility-projects
Lastly, in this article submitted by Jeffrey Morrow of Ref-Chem, he outlines the type of logistics and planning work necessary for large-scale utility projects to be accomplished successfully. The coming years look to be paved with large, ambitious projects as transmission must be expanded, clean energy goals are ramping up, and modern digital tools are being brought into the fold. These developments are all exciting, but it's the basics of land research and title work that will still drive the rate of acceleration of such new projects.
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