The UtilityXpert Roundup by EnergyX - January 25th

Utilities are doing good all across the nation, and some amazing reports came out last week about IOUs and energy transformation. This week’s edition of the UtilityXpert Roundup inspires good will and development for 2019:

Report: Outdoor Lighting Market to Reach $14.2 Billion by 2023 with Focus on LED (Energy Manager Today)

The global outdoor lighting market is expected to reach $14.2 billion by 2023, according to a new report by Research and Markets. The growing adoption of energy-saving and economical lighting solutions and increasing government initiatives toward energy conservation are the major factors contributing to this growth. Interesting take on the new market segments and growth by region that this would bring.

U.S. Investor-Owned Utility Automation Market, 2018 - Opinions from 30 U.S. Investor-Owned Utilities Collected from Four Survey-Based Reports (ResearchAndMarkets.com)

A 43-page compilation of findings from some of the researcher's largest flagship studies. The recently published compilation highlights electric power automation trends among investor-owned utilities (IOUs).

For system protection and control, IOUs are capable of budgeting more for protective relay hardware; half of IOUs surveyed budgeted over $2.5 million for the years 2016-2018.
— “U.S. Investor-Owned Utility Automation Market: Opinions from 30 U.S. Investor-Owned Utilities Collected from Four Survey-Based Reports”

Trends to Watch in the Energy Transformation of 2019 (Greentech Media)

We expected new state decarbonization goals and sharper utility planning. 2019 will see more states committing to clean energy and more than doubling of the valuation of the U.S. storage market.

Dominion Energy Assistance Programs, Conservation Tips Can Help Customers Save Energy, Money This Winter (EE Online)

Always good to hear about utilities that are doing amazing things. Read more about Dominion Energy offering flexible winter bill payment options, energy assistance programs and energy-saving tips, to help ease financial stress for customers facing such economic disruptions as federal employee furloughs and plant closings and those on fixed incomes. We particularly admire DE Ohio’s Housewarming program that offers free weatherization assistance to income-eligible customers.

No customer should have to be cold this winter because they can’t afford to pay their heating bill. We encourage those who may be facing financial hardship, including those impacted by the federal government shutdown, to learn more about special payment arrangements and take advantage of our energy assistance programs.
— Jim Eck, Dominion Energy vice president and general manager, Ohio & West Virginia Distribution

Shared success: The utility's role in economic development (Public Power)


Energy efficiency goes beyond just saving energy. It’s a catalyst in improving the lives of communities everywhere. To help grow and improve their communities, public power utilities are playing a bigger role in economic development programs, and site selectors are welcoming their input.

The key to utility partners being involved with economic development groups is forming a working relationship
— Lori Huguley, director of economic development for the city of Opelika, Alabama
Bruce Chen