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Natural Gas LDC Operations Efficiency

October 23, 2017

Large utilities with multiple natural gas local distribution companies (LDCs) are challenged with realizing the true cost benefits of leveraging best practices available across their systems. In the last few decades, the energy sector has seen slow economic and demand growth and, in some cases, declining energy sales, leading many utilities to seek growth through acquisition. Also, as non-fuel costs and infrastructure replacement requirements continue to increase for gas LDCs, the need to identify operational efficiencies persist.


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Protected: HR Shared Services & Outsourcing Summit: October 2017

October 18, 2017

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Tech Straight Talk: RPA Utilization within Payroll

October 16, 2017

Processing payroll consists of many routine and administrative activities, with every pay cycle demanding accuracy, timeliness, and well-planned coordination across multiple organizational entities. While high-quality service is expected, senior business stakeholders tend to see payroll as a tactical area of the business, and there is pressure to keep costs low.


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The Solar Trifecta: A Path to Smart Utility-Scale Solar

October 13, 2017

What can smart solar do for the grid? Higher penetrations of utility-scale solar are coming. Dive into this article to learn more about the potential for solar to provide more than just energy.


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Protected: North American Shared Services Leaders’ Summit

October 11, 2017

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EPA Announces Repeal of Obama’s Clean Power Plan

October 11, 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under the new leadership of former Republican Attorney General for Oklahoma Scott Pruitt, is expected to officially repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP). The EPA asserts that the CPP’s justification under Section 111 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) was flawed, and the proposed repeal would return to a more traditional reading of the act where Section 111 was applied narrowly to single sources of emissions (e.g., individual power plants). This reversal will likely lead to legal challenges from environmental groups as they will assert that the EPA is legally required to do something to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2) levels as Section 111 also directs the agency to implement the “best system of emission reduction” for pollutants.


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Getting More Value from Your Shared Services Organization

October 9, 2017

Strategic Workforce Planning: Answering Your Top 5 Questions

October 9, 2017

Recently, Stuart Pearman, partner and energy practice lead at ScottMadden, and Courtney Jackson, partner and human capital management practice lead at ScottMadden, reviewed strategic workforce planning at the EEI Strategic Issues Roundtable event. This presentation addressed the top questions on everyone’s mind: Why? Who? What? Where? How? For a quick recap, please see below.


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Energy Imbalance Market

September 29, 2017

Considerations for Joining CAISO’s Energy Imbalance Market

In this presentation, we will look at the operational considerations for joining the Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) across the following categories: marketing and trading, transmission operations,
generation, governance, and long-term planning.


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Major Trends in the Large Power Generation Equipment Market

September 28, 2017

At EUCI’s Negotiation and Purchasing Strategies for Gas-Fired Power Generation Equipment Conference, Todd Williams, partner at ScottMadden, discussed major trends in the large power generation equipment market.


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Making Sense Of Solar: New Methods To Assess Penetration And Oversupply Risks

September 25, 2017

In 2013, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) introduced the iconic “duck curve” chart depicting the expected effects of variable renewable resources – primarily utility-scale solar – on grid conditions. Since then, the conditions predicted have come to pass: meaningful midday overproduction and late-day ramps. Yet, when measured as a percentage of net generation or total installed capacity, the penetration of solar in the U.S. remains very small, even in California.


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Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility Cleared for the Resumption of Operations

September 25, 2017

On July 19, 2017, Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) was notified that the prohibition on natural gas injection was conditionally lifted from its Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility. This operational restriction was put in place in December 2015 due to a significant leak that was detected in October of that year. The leak, which emitted approximately 100,000 metric tons of methane, displaced thousands of families in the affected area. Upon fulfilling the conditional requirements, SoCalGas can start operating under new terms.


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