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Commentary from Industry Pros
The revision cycle for the National Electrical Code (or NEC for short) continues through its phases, similar to the changing seasons. While many readers may be familiar, a brief summary of the NEC could be necessary.
In the utility industry, customers expect - actually they demand - uninterrupted service and perfect product delivery. The threshold of tolerance for "mistakes" or slow response is low; the audience is vocal, digitally savvy and socially empowered; and there are government and regulatory eyes watching at all times.
Mobile technology is redefining the workday. Field techs increasingly leverage mobile devices for tasks that previously required time-intensive phone calls and paperwork.
Many Small Business programs are named "Small Business Direct Install" - and direct install is literally where they stop.
Currently there's a fundamental debate taking place in the energy industry over which approach to demand management provides the most value, and it's an important discussion because utilities need to consistently justify the time and effort they put into any energy management program.
Utility programs to engage energy customers about their use of energy have gone from pilot phase to standard practice over the last ten years. Unless the electricity stops flowing, few people think about being an energy customer, nor do they ask for information about their consumption patterns.
Who can forget the dreaded Polar Vortex of '14? Energy retailers were caught in a vice-like grip of spiking demand, diminished supply and a rapidly degrading operational capability which crushed business plans and even caused a few to shut their doors.
While most electric bills are correctly calculated, many customers and consultants have found that 1 percent or more contain errors.
The buzzword in the solar industry these days is "storage." Because solar only produces power when the sun is shining, technologies need to be developed to store solar energy so that it can be used when the sun is not shining in order for it to become a significant part of the U.S. energy supply. The same is true for wind.
Modern day Transmission and Distribution utilities are rapidly moving towards a smarter world and have the requirement to manage and maintain millions of physical asset attributes and characteristics in order to effectively manage and monitor the infrastructure network.