Engineering & Operations

Engineering & Operations

From the meter, through the substation and to the control room, new information and technology must work together to deliver optimal performance.

Customer Connections

Customer Connections

Customers today expect access to good information on demand, 24/7, with the ability to speak with a live voice when needed.
 

Business & Finance

Business & Finance

Effective business planning and financial system design serve as the critical underpinning to all utility projects, programs, and services.

System Improvement

System Improvement

Hometown Connections serves as a unique catalyst for the exchange of information on what works best for public power utilities of every size.

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Designing A Smart Grid Network For All Stakeholders

Elster introduced a new approach to AMR and called it AMI (Automated Metering Infrastructure).  While AMR was a single purpose system (kWh data collection), AMI was designed as a multi- purpose system.  Where early metering was product focused and early meter reading was process focused, AMI was deemed to be people focused.  The idea was that the investment should be positioned to serve people’s needs throughout the community – not just the needs of the utility meter reading department.

Making The Management Of Energy Efficiency Programs More Efficient

energyOrbit photo for blurbLike many utilities, Waverly Light & Power used Microsoft® Excel to track its energy efficiency program details. The spreadsheet approach worked well enough until the utility’s reporting requirements became more complex.  The staff began to notice inconsistencies in data collection and work flows. After searching for a more reliable data tracking method, the utility selected the Cloud-computing solution from energyOrbit to manage its energy efficiency programs and projects.