Transforming Predictive Vegetation Management with Advanced Analytics

Due to the rise in extreme weather events and a laser focus on the customer experience, increasing grid infrastructure resiliency has become more important than ever. A leading cause of power outages, and not just during extreme weather events, is tree contact with transmission lines. While advanced analytics are redefining many aspects of the utility business, vegetation management has not seen the same transformation.

But that is changing. Utilities can now leverage advancements in geospatial-temporal data and analytics to improve their approach to vegetation management. Learn how tools such as The Weather Company Vegetation Management – Predict, built on IBM PAIRS Geoscope, applies predictive analytics to massive data sets to generate robust insights. This GTM mini brief covers how predictive analytics can strengthen utility vegetation management, bolster storm preparation, streamline regulatory processes and improve the customer experience.

Defining System Flexibility: Supply is Only Half of the Equation

Definitions of flexibility differ depending on the  portion of the grid one focuses on. As generation portfolios evolve and customer-side resources  continue to contribute variability to the grid,  flexibility should be viewed from both the supply and demand side. In this webinar executive summary, Wood Mackenzie  Power & Renewables provides a holistic view of system flexibility and insights into key drivers to optimize such flexibility.

Connected Thermostats and Low-Income Energy Programs: High Impact, Low Cost

Smart thermostats have now proven they can complement core weatherization and appliance upgrade measures to deliver meaningful savings. Learn how Nest is installing 1 million thermostats in homes that need them most, in collaboration with energy companies, housing agencies, and non-profit organizations that are working to bring energy efficiency to everyone.

The Future of String Inverters for Energy Storage

As the energy storage market grows, demands for innovative, cost-effective inverter technology increase as well. Just as the solar industry has seen an evolution towards smarter, more modular inverters, autonomous string-inverter architecture is emerging as an alternative to central inverters for managing battery systems.

One example is LS Energy Solutions’ PowerBRiC system, a modular building-block string inverter focused on maximizing reliability and creating value-stacking opportunities for energy storage projects. Learn how the flexible stand-alone inverter design offers scalable solutions for a wide range of applications in distributed power generation.

Demand Side Energy Management in US Manufacturing Industrial Sector

2019 marks the tenth straight year of growth in the US economy. The US industrial manufacturing sector is expected to produce hefty performance numbers in line with those it has posted during its successful run in recent years.

While times are currently good for US manufacturing, the sector’s current and projected energy spends over the coming decade are cause for concern.

This paper explains the energy-related issues affecting the US manufacturing industrial sector and explores demand-side energy management options aimed to help manufacturers offset soon-to-be rising energy costs without sacrificing their productivity.

Voice Assistant Platforms: Pursuing an Improved Utility Customer Experience

The explosive growth of voice assistants cannot be ignored by any customer-centric company, and that includes utilities. Google recently announced the release of a Google Assistant developer program that energy companies can use as a platform for fruitful customer interactions. The platform streamlines Google Assistant integration for utilities and helps them improve the customer experience. This white paper offers examples from early adopters, such as Xcel Energy, and insights as to how energy providers can best leverage smart home technologies to offer customers a better experience when it comes to making energy decisions.

Modernizing Utility Infrastructure: Smart, but Not Always Secure

Utility companies today face challenges on many fronts—meeting consumer expectations and regulatory requirements, addressing aging infrastructure and maximizing profits. To maintain market agility, utilities must adapt to change more quickly, increase their focus on value-added services and continue to monitor, control and manage the demands of customers.

To increase operational efficiency, utilities are migrating to smart grids which integrate traditional grid infrastructure with sensor and communication technologies to collect and process large amounts of data. These large complex networks which are composed of millions of devices and remotely connected entities come with many security concerns and potential vulnerabilities.

In this eBook you will learn about:

The Current Utility Landscape
Considerations for Deploying Secure IoT Solutions
Best Practices in Smart Grid Security

ArcGIS® Anchors Grid Modernization

How are utilities dealing with shrinking revenues, rising costs, and skyrocketing customer demands while strengthening resiliency?

The answer: create a tougher, smarter, more secure, and healthier grid. ArcGIS® software can help. It provides understanding, engagement, and insight into nearly all dimensions of grid operations. ArcGIS is a location intelligence platform. It needs to be a critical element of grid modernization. Why? Location plays such a dominant role in both the problems and the solutions facing utilities today.

Grid modernization relies heavily on a thorough understanding of the physical aspects of the grid. Utilities need to understand the behavior and the vulnerabilities of the grid. ArcGIS provides the means to model the grid in detail. The DOE stated that the grid must be made resilient, reliable, secure, affordable, flexible, and sustainable. ArcGIS is the technology to help utilities do that. ArcGIS does this in three unique ways. It unifies IT and OT into a single coherent framework. It Leverages spatial analysis. Finally, it provides operational awareness. This paper examines how these attributes anchor grid modernization.

Financing Considerations for Commercial Solar into 2020 and Beyond

As organizations seek to manage energy costs and deliver on sustainability initiatives, more avenues are opening for companies looking to use distributed solar as a way to achieve those goals. Yet, despite the attractive economics, commercial solar remains a challenging business from a financing perspective.


In this white paper, CohnReznick and CohnReznick Capital experts discuss the challenges associated with tax equity financing, ways to navigate the coming Investment Tax Credit stepdown, and how to evaluate solar projects when paired with energy storage.

Analysis of Net Energy Metering Policy Changes in the United States

Net energy metering (NEM) policies have played a crucial role in making residential solar installations a good investment for homeowners in the United States. However, as installed solar capacity has increased, many utility companies have introduced changes to their NEM programs that reduce the value of distributed solar. Using its proprietary solar financial analysis tools, Aurora Solar conducted a large parametric study that analyzed over 45 million scenarios to determine how these new programs impact solar customers’ savings across the United States. The study analyzes the financial impacts of specific billing mechanisms, as well as the cumulative impacts of different combinations of these mechanisms as implemented by utilities in different states. The policies evaluated slightly diminish the financial value of installed solar but also promote larger system designs in certain circumstances.

Checklist for Engaging Your Utility on Renewable Power

While large corporations were responsible for nearly 6 gigawatts’ worth of wind and solar power-purchase agreements last year, the options for affordable, clean, low-carbon energy are increasingly available to companies of all sizes. And when it it comes to choosing an energy partner,  the distribution utility that already serves your organization may be the best place to start.

In this paper, we will discuss a framework for engaging your utility to move toward achieving your clean energy goals, whether the driver is sustainability, reliability, cost savings or a combination thereof.

U.S. Energy Storage Monitor

Delivered quarterly, the U.S. Energy Storage Monitor provides the industry’s only comprehensive research on energy storage markets, deployments, policies, regulations and financing in the U.S. These in-depth reports provide energy industry professionals, policymakers, government agencies and financiers with consistent, actionable insight into the burgeoning U.S. energy storage market.

The U.S. Energy Storage Monitor is offered quarterly in two versions– the executive summary and the full report. The executive summary is free, and provides a bird's eye view of the U.S. energy storage market and the trends shaping it. In contrast, the full report features state-by-state breakdowns and analysis on storage deployments, growth forecasts, policies helping or hindering growth, financing trends, and market strategies. It is available individually each quarter or as part of an annual subscription.

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