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ELP Volume 93 Issue 2
What would happen if the telecommunication networks that utilities have relied on for decades to manage their electrical grids suddenly became unavailable?
Power and utility companies, like many businesses, look continually for innovative ways to capture enhanced data and use technology better to improve and streamline business operations and provide more customer value.
For a long time, industrial companies have represented a highly variable and difficult to manage set of customers for utilities. Industrial plants and facilities can have big shifts in loads, and utilities must keep capacity readily available.
For decades, residential demand response programs provided peak load reduction by remotely controlling HVAC systems and other high energy-use appliances.
The electricity industry is transforming at a pace that most in the industry would not have imagined a few years ago.
In the 1990s and 2000s, some states enacted laws permitting third-party energy companies to sell electricity and natural gas directly to consumers.
Editor's note: When I put the Power Plant and Regulations topic on the editorial calendar for this issue, I planned to write an article that details how the latest environmental regulations are changing the generation mix.
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