Category Archives: Regulation

Gas leaks are a major headache for utilities, but analytics can help

February 4, 2019 / Jill Feblowitz / Gas Distribution, Regulation

With the gas explosion in San Bruno in 2010 came an uptick in public attention to the hazards of pipeline leaks. Regulators in several states are mandating more regular inspections and reporting, and penalties for incidents can be crippling. It is not just high-volume leaks that have potential for harm. Smaller gas leaks, which are predominantly methane, […]

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Next-Gen Flexibility is The Mantra for Grid 3.0

July 7, 2017 / Jill Feblowitz / Demand Response, Distributed Energy Resources, Distribution Markets, DOE Programs, Energy Storage, Integrating Renewables, Microgrids, New Business Models, Regulation

For most veterans of the utility industry, discussions about the next generation distribution grid hearken back to the 1990s with the introduction of deregulation and wholesale markets. Today’s “future” represents an even greater departure. What’s new is the rapidly rising penetration of distributed energy resources (DER) and the presence of variable renewable generation. Then too, there […]

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Enabling the Future – NECEC Panel on MIT EI Utility of the Future

March 17, 2017 / Jill Feblowitz / Distributed Energy Resources, Distribution Markets, Regulation

For most veterans of the utility industry, the “utility of the future” hearkens back to the 1990s and the introduction of deregulation and wholesale markets.  Today’s “future” represents an even greater departure from previous discussions.  What’s new is the rapidly rising penetration of renewables and distributed energy resources, and the prospect of evolving technologies (storage, […]

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