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Utility Management Roundup: Must-Read Posts From the Last Two Weeks

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Greetings Utility Management Group members!

Hopefully your 2020 has started well and you’re off to a great start in making all those New Year’s initiatives and goals a reality. If one of your res­olutions is to keep up with industry news, you’re in luck because your fellow group members have been busy researching and writing. Here are a few of the best articles posted in this group over the last two weeks. Happy reading!

Thinking Realistically About Michigan’s Renewable Energy Future – Part I

By Doug Houseman, posted on January 9

In this first article in a three-part series, Doug lays out Michigan’s need for renewables and how those needs could be met with wind, hydro, and solar sources. Watch for Parts II and III, which will cover energy storage, EV manufacturing, and more.

David Blee: Man of High Purposes, Great Effectiveness

By Llewellyn King, posted on January 2

Energy.gov

David Blee, founder and CEO of the United States Nuclear Industry Council (USNIC), died on December 29. This article describes his positive attributes and impressive accomplishments. Llewellyn recalls David as a good listener, strong leader, and someone who made a big difference with a small organization.

Big Changes for the Big Easy?

By Nevelyn Black, posted on December 30

The City Council of New Orleans is changing the way it regulates Entergy, the local investor-owned utility company. In this article, Nevelyn explains how, among other initiatives, the council is developing a clean energy standard that could mandate 100% renewables by the year 2050.

Is California Shifting Too Much Wildfire Risk Onto Consumers?

By DW Keefer, posted on December 26

AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Mel Melcon

In California, state legislators have modified the “just and reasonable” standard and created a new law that enables electric utilities to charge ratepayers to finance an insurance pool to be used by utilities to pay wildfire damage claims. DW shares the details and describes reactions in the state.

How Utilities Can Use Big Data to Maximize Their Customer ROI

By Byron Lee, posted on December 26

In this article, Byron suggests that leveraging data is one of the best ways to increase customer ROI. Yet, he observes, though utilities have access to more data than ever, many of them lack the necessary tools to use it.

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