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Braving The Storm: Lessons from Dark Sky Days

Craig Lawrence Case Studies, Damage Assessment, Data Science

My father was a hurricane forecaster for the National Hurricane Center. He’s retired now, but as a kid I always thought his job was strange – what did he do when there weren’t any storms? Hurricane season was only half the year and, even then, there were often many months with no tropical storms. Turns out he did a lot  …

Regulatory Spotlight, Part I: Texas Adds New Laws for Natural Gas Distributors

GJ Flannery Case Studies, Gas Energy

Our “Regulatory Spotlight” series will provide an ongoing look at the changing regulatory landscape for gas and electric utilities.  This inaugural entry discusses two bills that passed the Texas legislature in 2019. Upcoming entries will focus on new initiatives around accounting treatment of capital vs. service expenditures; political and legislative “hot topics” in the 2020 elections; renewable portfolio standards and …

Using Machine Learning to Improve Utility Customer Experience

Craig Lawrence Case Studies, Customer Experience, Data Science, ETR, Machine Learning

To most customers, their electric utility has only one job – to keep the lights on. A power outage is one of the few times, other than paying their bill, that a customer engages with their utility – so, the utility interaction with the customer is a high leverage point. Perhaps just as important as getting the lights back on …