Commentary

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    Jun 09, 2014 | Dr. Dale Skeen
    In an increasingly competitive and complex business environment, energy companies are looking for ways to better manage multiple systems and touch points to provide exceptional service to both current and prospective customers. They need better end-to-end real-time visibility into business processes so that they can immediately remediate "at jeopardy" processes before customers are negatively impacted.
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    Jun 06, 2014 | Harry Stephens
    Almost every company today has access to considerable quantities of sensitive information regarding their customers. As a result, it has become critical to have the proper controls in place that fully protect customer data and company information. Even the slightest data breach can lead to irreparable damage to a company's reputation, as well as leading to lawsuits or regulatory fines.
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    Jun 03, 2014 | Howard Ng
    In a recent article, I discussed the strengths and weaknesses of a ZigBee-based advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system for demand response (DR). In the second installment of this series, I will be exploring an alternative communication option for DR that offers more benefits and fewer disadvantages: a ZigBee broadband gateway.
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    Jun 02, 2014 | Ronald Willoughby
    In recent months, many of you have visited the 9's of reliability and are in the process of setting strategic goals on how many 9's will be needed in tomorrow's power system. The "9's" refer to system availability.
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    May 27, 2014 | Wayne M. Kovach
    Always thought to be the more controversial side of demand response (DR) and energy management plans, the idea of utilities and energy companies employing residential demand response programs in the near future is gaining traction. Though there is a small segment of the energy industry that sees this as a futile attempt, more and more people understand the benefits of this tougher, but beneficial energy efficient resource.
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    May 22, 2014 | Shlomi Palas
    When a company produces 150 tons of food waste every day that is either a huge problem or a great opportunity to innovate and produce energy. Grocery stores, restaurants, sports arenas, schools, and hospitals in the U.S. generate an average of two tons - 4,000 pounds - of food waste per week. An estimated 35 million tons of food waste from commercial and residential sources end up in U.S. landfills each year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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    May 21, 2014 | Brad Yaggie, BOC
    According to the National Lighting Bureau, poor lighting conditions cause the productivity levels of your employees to fall by 5% and can even lead to physical stressors like eyestrain, blurred vision, and headaches. Increasing light levels while decreasing your energy consumption will not only take care of your employees by making them more productive but it will also maximize your profitability by cutting your energy bill by as much as 40%.
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    May 20, 2014 | PJ Davis
    From BYOD, to giving field workers immediate access to information, to the policies and technologies that make it all work; the changing state of mobile work force management is top of mind at utilities.
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    May 07, 2014 | Harry Valentine
    Aluminum occurs is abundance in the earth’s crust and has directly and indirectly plays a role in the energy sector, with prospects to play an expanded role in the future. About a decade ago, one of the world’s large aluminum companies posted job openings for doctoral graduates in chemistry, to develop polymers or long-chain molecules based on aluminum.
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    May 05, 2014 | Warren B. Causey
    It really hasn't been long that utilities have been installing ever larger and more sophisticated (and expensive) software systems--CIS, ERP, Work Management, Outage Management, MDM, Call Centers, Telecom, etc. Technology has exploded in slightly more than 20 years and software systems for utilities have gotten larger and larger and more complex by the year.