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Power Decarbonization: Past and Future

October 19, 2021

Decarbonization has become an increasingly important issue in the United States as more states, cities, and utilities commit to net-zero carbon-emissions goals. This report analyzes historical carbon reductions in the electric sector to see how this space has reduced carbon emissions to date. It also examines recent integrated resource plans (IRPs) from electric utilities that have committed to 100% net-zero carbon targets to gauge how decarbonization efforts may shift in the future.

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Podcast: Preparing Utilities for the EV Revolution

October 18, 2021

The growth of electric vehicles is creating an opportunity for forward-thinking utilities to leverage their size and scale and deploy charging infrastructure to support load growth, extend customer engagement, and grow the market. Check out this recent episode of the Energy Central Power Perspectives podcast to hear ScottMadden Partner and Grid Edge Lead, Kevin Hernandez, speak more about these opportunities.

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Gone with the Steam

October 15, 2021

In an era of “net-zero” carbon commitments, the electricity industry is working to identify zero-carbon replacements for coal. However, the retirement of coal-fired generation plants can have significant economic implications for surroundings communities.

Nuclear power has been the workhorse of zero-carbon electricity for decades. Investment in new nuclear power plants and alternatives such as small modular reactors (SMRs) may be the answer to provide zero-carbon electricity, while maintaining the local economy.

Additional Authors: Will Downer and Chris Vlahoplus

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What is UX?

October 14, 2021

Companies Should Spend Time Focusing on UX

Bad first impressions and overly complicated or cumbersome processes can drive up costs and damage your brand. Most critical issues are addressed when applying user experience (UX) methodology. UX focuses on understanding what the end-user values and taps into the emotions they have when interacting with a business, service, or product.

Check out this video to find out more about UX and how ScottMadden can help you to avoid bad user experiences.

EV Transformation Initiative Design and Implementation

October 12, 2021


To support its clean energy goals, ScottMadden’s client, a large federal power authority, identified the need to drive customer adoption of 200,000 electric vehicles (EVs) within its seven-state service territory over a seven year timeframe. ScottMadden assisted the client with the development of an EV-transformation initiative and EV strategy, which ultimately led to the development of a multi-state DC fast-charging (DCFC) network.

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Transforming Your OT Function to Meet the Needs of the Changing Utility Industry

October 5, 2021

Operational technology (OT) is a mission-critical function that must increasingly respond to industry changes. The traditional OT model distributed OT responsibilities across operating areas, embedding these responsibilities within engineering functions. While this model provided OT responsiveness to operating areas, several complications have been revealed that reduce its effectiveness in today’s changing environment:

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Make-Ready Program Design

October 4, 2021


Our client, a large investor-owned utility, was charged with implementing a $300M make-ready infrastructure program in support of state decarbonization and transportation electrification goals. Due to the program’s size and complexity, successfully developing and executing this program was going to require significant amounts of planning and cross-functional stakeholder alignment. As a result, our client reached out to us for support in providing regulatory strategy, program design, and implementation support.

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Electric Vehicle Total Cost of Ownership Model

October 4, 2021


With increasing customer demand for zero-emission vehicles, our client, a multi-national OEM, needed to better understand the operational and financial impacts of fleet electrification in order to effectively collaborate with its customers and dealer networks to drive sales of electric trucks.

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Procurement Transformation

September 29, 2021

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September 27, 2021

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Facing Disruption Like We Have Never Experienced It Before

September 23, 2021

We’ve talked for decades about disruption in the electric and gas industries. We’ve faced “unprecedented challenges,” existential threats, fundamental policy changes, exponential technology growth, extreme weather events, and a changing mix of customer preferences and usage patterns. The vertically integrated electric utility framework of the 1970s has been restructured, fragmented, and recast along asset class boundaries (generation, transmission, etc.), each with different business models, operating frameworks, ownership types, and regulatory oversight. Disruptive threats experienced over the past 50 years have become mainstream and are part of our ongoing dialogue. Is today any different? Given the nature and speed by which major disruptors, such as the clean energy transition, are impacting our industry, it might be.

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Using AIDC Technologies to Advance Your Materials Management Practices

September 13, 2021


Barcodes and other automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) technologies are ubiquitous in everyday life. They are found everywhere from grocery stores to passports because they are mature, proven, and less expensive than they once were. Essentially, if you have not found a way to utilize them in your materials management function, you are missing out on worthwhile benefits and stuck in a paper-intensive manual world. AIDC technologies have been used in some capacity since the 1950s, yet today there are still opportunities for adoption. As the internet of things (IoT) and advanced connectivity technologies (e.g., 5G, low Earth orbit satellites) are adopted, AIDC becomes more important than ever to compete with the best-in-class companies and align with materials management leading practices.

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