The UtilityXpert Roundup by EnergyX - Jan 4th

As a professional working within the utility space, time is of the essence. Therefore, we’d like to welcome you to our carefully curated industry news roundup.

With input from energy efficiency professionals and writers dedicated to sharing their knowledge about the industry, the Roundup is designed to give you your time back.

Take a break from the noise. Grab a cup of coffee and let us deliver you your concise, informative industry news. The UtilityXpert Roundup - your one-stop shop for the latest utility and energy efficiency news!

Should Your Utility Develop a Mobile App? (E Source)

Utilities know they need to establish a mobile presence, but is developing a pricey, full-feature mobile app worth it? Ultimately, it comes down to finding cost-effective technology options that are best for your company.

Mobile apps provide what today’s customers want: fast, easy experiences. If they search for your brand name on Google Play or in the Apple App Store and they come up short, you’re missing an opportunity to interact with them in one of their preferred channels. A good app helps customers connect with you and reinforces (or creates) the perception that you value your customers.
— Keenan Samuelson, E-Source

The Need for Integration in DSM Programs (Utility Dive)

How can utilities integrate technology, big data and new-age strategies into their demand-side strategy?

Utilities are utilizing a range of new resources and connected devices to balance the grid and meet demand, drawing on everything from smart thermostats to large-scale batteries in order to most efficiently supply electricity. The next step, say utility experts, is the coordination of all these resources into an integrated strategy.
— Robert Walton, Utility Dive

How California Slashed Heating Emissions By More than Half (Greentech Media)

One of the determining factors for homeowner participation in energy efficiency programs is potential cost savings. Learn why electric heat pumps are a big incentive for homeowners to participate.

A new NRDC study finds that a gas-to-electric conversion could reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California homes by 50 percent or more annually for both water and space heating.
— Justin Gerdes, Greentech Media

6 utility trends to look out for in 2019 (Utility Dive)

A great viewpoint on generation from a senior energy analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Reduced generation from operating plants will be the main driver for reduced consumption. More coal plants will follow the recent trend to switch to seasonal operations because it isn’t economic to operate them year-round. Those that do operate year-round will do so at lower levels, barring a polar-vortex like event.
— Joseph Daniel, senior energy analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists

Trying to Process the Last 12 Months? Listen to Our Year-in-Review Podcasts of 2018 (Greentech Media)

We’re undoubtedly plugged into GTM, but it’s hard to find the time to read or listen to all the latest trends. So, we’ve found the best podcasts of 2018 for you!

Bruce Chen