Commentary

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    May 02, 2005 | Peter Noland
    There appears to be a general industry acknowledgement about the benefits of advanced metering capabilities and the significant value of the interval data extracted from these systems.
  • Apr 29, 2005 | Bill Von Neida
    This paper presents the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) approach to providing the national energy performance rating system through commercial third party hosts. While the energy performance rating system has been successfully introduced and accepted into the market, a broader application is now being explored.
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    Apr 27, 2005 | Henry Aszklar
    Wireless mesh networking technology can provide a fully bidirectional, robust AMR solution with all the features and functionality that utilities desire at price levels similar to a drive-by solution. This is accomplished by having meters store and forward information from neighboring meters to and from gateways thereby eliminating the need for a drive-by and providing much greater functionality.
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    Apr 22, 2005 | Amatsia Kashti
    Utilities' meters are currently designed solely for the purpose of billing. As the permanent recorder of consumption information, the meter could have an important role to play in understanding behavioural and organisational processes, thus promoting competition and efficiency.
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    Mar 31, 2005 | Eric Noack
    The rapid rate of change and competitive pressure in today's business environment is forcing utilities, like other companies, to adopt new strategies for doing more with less. Increased pressure is leading many utilities to explore the use of enterprise portals as a tool to operate more efficiently and effectively.
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    Mar 28, 2005 | Arthur O'Donnell
    Nearly one year ago, the very first Business Electric column explored the financial prospects of companies that stand to profit from an increased investment in electric system reliability. The article also established a "reliability index" of 15 stocks for publicly traded companies that appear to be key providers of reliability services or equipment.
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    Mar 21, 2005 | Arthur O'Donnell
    Beginning this April, the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) will put into effect about 90 revised standards and actions to promote the reliability of the high-voltage transmission system. And later this year, NERC members expect to vote on whether to implement a "permanent" standard to promote effective cyber security policies and best practices.
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    Mar 18, 2005 | Scott Shemwell
    Security has never been higher on the managerial agenda. The global enterprise is addressing a host of perils ranging from exposure of its hard asset infrastructure to criminals and terrorists to the perpetual assault by viruses, worms, and other cyber organisms.
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    Mar 17, 2005 | LAW LIBRARY
    The most successful real-time pricing program in the United States has become even more successful. In January 2005, the Georgia Public Service Commission confirmed a broad-based settlement that it had adopted in Georgia Power Company's rate case (Docket No. 18300-U) that kept the company's Real-Time Pricing ("RTP") tariff intact and opened 450 MW of additional commercial load to RTP.
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    Mar 16, 2005 | John Hall
    Utilities across the United States are exposed to many phenomena, natural and otherwise, that potentially can challenge the company and its ability to respond successfully to extensive service interruptions. In its work with major utilities across the US, PA Consulting Group has found that very few companies are completely prepared to respond and fulfil their mission in the face of disaster inducing phenomena.