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The new order under New York's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) program allows utilities to capitalize Software as a Service) SaaS expenditures, opening the door to software investment. Will this only be a New York thing, or does it have the possibility to impact the way utilities do business in the U.S?

New York (NY) is leading the way in what the "future utility" may look like.  Putting greater emphasis on the utility customer and giving customers greater choice on how they produce and consume energy is a shift in traditional utility practices. This can have a positive impact on the environment, increase market efficiencies and customer satisfaction. NY's ruling on how a utility can treat investments in software and capitalize on it is a big move. This will give the utilities more comfort and…

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Apple has DERs from various energy projects meant to secure reliable and renewable power for individual buildings and campuses. But it wants more. While Apple's FERC tariff application might seem innocuous at first glance, IDC Energy Insight's research shows why utility executives might do a double take on the news; they look at technology companies like Apple as their biggest potential threats. The filing, if approved, will open the door for Apple to build DERs that are meant solely to sell energy on the wholesale energy market.

Apple Inc., through its relatively new subsidiary Apple Energy LLC, recently submitted a tariff request to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for permission to sell the power generated from its own Distributed Energy Resources (DERs).  For specific details, see  elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?document_id=14466994 for the actual filing.

Apple has DERs from various energy projects meant to secure reliable and renewable power for individual buildings and campuses. But it wants…

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Tendril this week has announced the release of its MyHome energy management application. The application has been built of off Tendril's True Home simulation model which attempts to create customized and accurate predictions of a dwellings energy consumption.

Tendril this week has announced the release of its MyHome energy management application.  The application has been built of off Tendril's True Home simulation model which attempts to create customized and accurate predictions of a dwellings energy consumption.

The Tendril MyHome product is a mobile application that integrates with a utility customer engagement program.  As of late many utilities are shifting focus towards meeting the needs of their customers and providing savings by helping…

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Transformation Goes Digital in Houston

By Kevin Prouty

Having done a whirlwind tour through rain-soaked Houston to see various large consulting companies, I managed to stay dry. The focal point of the trip was KPMG’s annual Global Energy Conference. It is a pretty well attended affair with senior executives from most of the major energy companies attending. But a theme that not only ran through KPMG’s event, but was at the core of all the consulting firms’ messages was that the downturn in crude price is leading to an upturn in consulting business.

Having done a whirlwind tour through rain-soaked Houston to see various large consulting companies, I managed to stay dry.  The focal point of the trip was KPMG’s annual Global Energy Conference.  It is a pretty well attended affair with senior executives from most of the major energy companies attending.  But a theme that not only ran through KPMG’s event, but was at the core  of all the consulting firms’ messages was that the downturn in crude price is leading to an upturn in consulting…

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While you see the usual topics of call center management, billing, collections support, and so on at the events, it is interesting to note that analytics and cloud were again topics of a lot of discussions and presentations. But at each of these events, we made it a point to talk to both technology executives and utility executives for their perspective on the regulatory environment of using the cloud or any "as a service" technology platform in North America.

IDC Energy Insights recently attended several utility events, including:

  • Utility Analytics: Utility Analytics is a very solid gathering of mostly utility technology executives that had a heavy focus on analytics in the cloud this year.
  • Oracle Industry Connect (OIC): Industry Connect is one of the better user-focused events I have attended. As is usual at OIC, the focus was on a broad range of utility topics. The good thing about OIC is that there is less of a focus on product and more focus…
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On May 2nd Oracle announced it will acquire Opower. This will create one of the largest providers of customer engagement and energy efficiency cloud services in the utility industry. The acquisition is valued at approximately $532 million, net of Opower's cash. The deal is expected to be completed in 2016.

Oracle Acquires Opower Combining Cloud Based Services for Global Utilities

On May 2nd Oracle announced it will acquire Opower. This will create one of the largest providers of customer engagement and energy efficiency cloud services in the utility industry.  The acquisition is valued at approximately $532 million, net of Opower's cash. The deal is expected to be completed in 2016.

The deal comes at an interesting time in the utility industry and will make the Oracle and Opower combination a…

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PJM's "pay for performance" Reliability Pricing Model (RPM) capacity market is expected to drive operational excellence from traditional fossil fuel generators. FERC's Order 745 being upheld in the courts earlier this year and puts the demand response (DR) at the forefront of capacity market model changes. FERC 745 will provide demand response participants the opportunity to participate in capacity markets and receive capacity payments on an equal level playing field with generators. This ruling should have some independent power producers and traditional utility generators concerned.

PJM's "pay for performance" Reliability Pricing Model (RPM) capacity market is expected to drive operational excellence from traditional fossil fuel generators.  FERC's Order 745 being upheld in the courts earlier this year and puts the demand response (DR) at the forefront of capacity market model changes. FERC 745 will provide demand response participants the opportunity to participate in capacity markets and receive capacity payments on an equal level playing field with generators. This…

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On April 19, I conducted an early findings webinar that highlighted the results of a research project on IT/OT Convergence in Utilities. While the data I presented was only a small subset of the results, it still revealed some interesting information.

On April 19, I conducted an early findings webinar that highlighted the results of a research project on IT/OT Convergence in Utilities.  To hear a replay of the webinar, just follow this link; http://event.on24.com/wcc/r/1164246/CE0FE0B9294D5A495C9DD0BACDD39FAB.  While the data I presented was only a small subset of the results, it still revealed some interesting information.

 One key point that I took from the results was that we can break utility companies and how the govern IT and OT into…

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C3: From Energy to IoT

By Kevin Prouty

C3 Energy has changed its name, and somewhat its focus. The new company is now called C3 IoT. While the name change might seem to indicate a significant change in the company, the functional focus is still on assembling and analyzing large amounts of operational and customer data into information and action. Most of the technology vendors, like Itron, GE, Schneider, Siemens, ABB, etc, have steered their offerings towards the Internet of things (IoT) market. For companies with existing analytical and Big Data offerings, a focus on IoT typically doesn’t require a large investment in new products. With IoT’s most valuable component being taking large amounts of data from diverse sources and deriving insight and direct actions, it makes sense for C3 to broaden its approach to the market and take it beyond energy markets.

Broadening its potential market opportunity,  C3 Energy has changed its name, and somewhat its focus.  The new company is now called C3 IoT.  While the name change might seem to indicate a significant change in the company, the functional focus is still on assembling and analyzing large amounts of operational and customer data into information and action.  Most of the technology vendors, like Itron, GE, Schneider, Siemens, ABB, etc, have steered their offerings towards the Internet of things…

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Smart Merger in Smart Buildings

By Kevin Prouty

Johnson Controls, Inc. (JCI) recently announced its merger with Tyco’s fire and security companies. The merger creates a new JCI that has a broader Smart Building portfolio. The new JCI will be better positioned to compete against the industrial mega-companies like GE, with its Current brand, Siemens, Honeywell, and Schneider.

Johnson Controls, Inc. (JCI) recently announced its merger  with Tyco’s fire and security companies.  The merger creates a new JCI that has a broader Smart Building portfolio.  The new JCI will be better positioned to compete against the industrial mega-companies like GE, with its Current brand, Siemens, Honeywell, and Schneider.  JCI has spent the last several years shedding its business like automotive parts and systems to get back to its roots of building systems and  management.  The new…

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