The UtilityXpert Roundup by EnergyX - January 18th

Lots of talk about the PG&E bankruptcy, more on data and how emerging tech can transform home energy efficiency. The utility world is on fire in this week’s edition of the UtilityXpert Roundup:

Ask Utilities about their Data Challenges, and They will Come (UAI)

Take the problem of identifying high-risk customers and the challenges they present to utilities. You would think that identifying these customers would be the work of a credit bureau, but the data actually says that utility touchpoint data is essential to identifying high-risk customers.

Without interacting with potential buyers (lots of them) and asking them what they need, it’s difficult to fully understand how you can uniquely solve their problems.
— Vanessa Edmonds, UAI

San Francisco considering municipal utility as PG&E prepares bankruptcy filing (UD)

The municipal utility that provides retail power and water services to the San Francisco government is considering the purchase of PG&E’s electricity assets in the city — part of a slate of options to deal with the impending bankruptcy filing of California's largest utility company.

Energy Adviser: Emerging technologies are transforming home energy efficiency (The Columbian)

Increasing the efficiency of your property can increase its overall value, and leading utilities like Clark Public are leveraging green and technology to make this happen.

While adopting the latest in energy conservation products and techniques might increase a property’s initial price tag, it will translate into lower energy costs well into the future. Keep in mind heating is the largest energy expense for the average American home, accounting for about 45 percent of energy bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, so reducing heating costs can be a significant savings.”

— The Columbian

The Top 10 Utility Regulation Trends of 2018 (Greentech Media)

Ten prominent trends and actions stand out above the rest, from renewables continuing their downward price trajectory, to approvals for electric vehicle charging infrastructure, to exploration of utility business model reforms and non-wires alternatives, to traditional distribution investments.

Bruce Chen