Newsletter June 2016


Radical changes for electricity utilities by Paul Budde

There is no doubt that the current business model of most electricity utilities around the world is under enormous pressure. From many different directions – political, environmental and economical – the industry is under pressure and it has no choice but to change. This, of course, is far more easily […]


The full liberalization of electricity retail market in Japan started.

Up until now, the low voltage (consumers below 50 kW of maximum demand) electricity retail market in Japan has been a local monopoly market, with 10 vertically integrated electricity companies (the electricity market for factories and office buildings has been deregulated in 2000, for consumers above 500 kW in 2004, […]


Current asset management leaves much room for improvement

The importance of work and asset management priorities and operations for utilities cannot be overstated. New research from Bridge Energy Group, which polled more than 20,000 North American utility associates to validate the usefulness of work and asset management software while disclosing the current state of mobile and scheduling/dispatch systems, […]


The Hidden Battery- Opportunities in Electric Water Heating

Energy and environmental stakeholders are uniting around “community storage” to help solve the electric industry’s energy storage challenge, as key industry groups, including the nation’s utility trade associations, environmental groups, manufacturers and more than a dozen individual utilities, support the Community Storage Initiative. Community storage refers to a spectrum of […]


Utility Security: Exceeding Mandates to Mitigate Risk

Security is more than just a regulatory-driven necessity for utilities; it has become a business imperative. Most utilities can no longer do business effectively or efficiently without internet of things (IoT) technology; and recent events in the Ukraine have shown that large-scale attacks against power grids can succeed. Beginning July […]