Financial

  • Sep 10, 2014 | Kim Gaddy

    The revenue assurance process is of vital importance to utility companies and should be viewed as more than a process full of tedium and toil. The effectiveness of the process substantially impacts the financial health and well-being of every utility. 

  • Jul 07, 2014 | Jim Heidell

    Heidell, utilities expert at PA Consulting Group, discusses the disruptive challenges utilities will face over the next few years and how to tackle them.

  • Feb 11, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Tom Kerber, director, research, home controls and energy for Parks Associates, writes that "annual fees from utilities certainly create a significant incremental revenue opportunity for Nest and other smart thermostat vendors, but the really big money is on the horizon. "

  • Jan 29, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Mike Gordon, co-founder of Joule Assets, gives us a look at the results of their recent survey. They pinged energy efficiency professionals about financing hurdles and found the results to be "illuminating." Get illuminated by giving it a read.

  • Oct 02, 2013 | Paul Kalv

    Paul D. Kalv, chief smart grid systems architect for Leesburg, FL, ran the numbers for his city and demand response (DR). Here's a look at his math and the city's DR plan.

  • Goals met, savings achieved. Check
  • Sep 17, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    I first heard about Green Mountain Energy around the time I started writing for the power business, and, at that time, very few people in this business talked about renewable or sustainable energy. Fast forward about 15 years, and those two words are on everyone’s lips—and Green Mountain’s still growing.

  • Aug 18, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Everyone avoids talking about sex and money in polite conversation. In the power industry specifically, it may be even more gauche to talk about money than sex. But, a little sexy talk about money may be exactly what’s needed to give a lift to energy efficiency projects in search of funding.

  • Aug 01, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Now that we have smart grids (somewhat), smart sensors (somewhere) and lots of data (somehow), we’re thinking about all the neat and nifty ways we can use it, including a grid that is so entrenched in real-time market and load information that it can respond directly. But, won't that offer an intruder more points of potential penetration?

  • Jul 01, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    The proliferation of mobile devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones is making a significant impact. For linemen in the field, mobility can mean getting the resources they need to do their jobs. But, how does a manager convince his board of directors, his financial officers and the guy holding the purse strings that, indeed, mobile connectivity is an important budget line item? 

  • Apr 04, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Utilities are experts in a ton of areas: making power, moving it, troubleshooting outage issues, handling consumer desires. But, on the other end of the utility’s daily work are all those unrelated areas that come along with the general cost of doing business, in some cases quite literally. Today, we talk to money powerhouse PwC about utility financials.

  • A new three-part E Source report reveals strategies for calculating the return on marketing investment (ROMI) for utilities, along with case studies of existing measurement solutions and future opportunities based on smart grid data.
  • Feb 14, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    With 4.4 million customers, Atlanta-based Southern Company provides electricity to much of the American Southeast. Today, we talk with Southern Company Senior Vice President and CIO Kenneth Coleman about the utility’s IT programs, plans and projections.

  • Readers positive, with conditions

    Jan 13, 2013 | Phil Carson

    Readers provide a swath of ideas on how public/private investments in infrastructure renewal should and shouldn't work and whether it enables U.S. competitiveness in a global competition marked by aggressive government roles by our rivals. 

  • We can't escape the connections, but we can act

    Jan 09, 2013 | Phil Carson

    The power sector needs leaders to articulate the critical nature of infrastructure investment, stripped of the "smart grid" hype. Turn off the TV if you want to understand that our economic future and lifestyle is at risk if we don't ante up.

  • Public-private partnerships: rat hole for investment?

    Jan 07, 2013 | Phil Carson

    The argument that public-private partnerships helps innovation, the economy and our global competitiveness is poppycock. Not a dime of taxpayer money should ever be used to encourage, coordinate or facilitate research into market-ready technologies, argues our columnist.  

  • The fundamental selling point is overlooked

    Jan 06, 2013 | Phil Carson

    Grid modernization, as with upgrades to water and transportation infrastructure, is the linchpin of our quality of life and our economy. If we want growth, we need to invest in the basics. Or cede our world leadership and kiss our quality of life goodbye. 

  • Financial modeling will be crucial to discern strategy

    Dec 11, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Boulder, Colo. continues to offer ideas on how it could work with its spurned power provider, Xcel Energy, in a scenario short of forming its own municipal utility. Meanwhile, it is moving ahead on concrete steps to articulate alternative strategies and develop a financial model to evaluate them. 

  • Colorado city adds engineering, finance muscle, talks to Xcel

    Dec 09, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Boulder, Colo., is talking to former (and current) power provider Xcel Energy, while it also retains engineering and financial expertise to explore municipalization. (The city already has retained legal counsel on regulatory and asset matters in dispute.) The city proceeds on both fronts tomorrow night in an open session.