miércoles, noviembre 29, 2006
Dear Nick,. You are welcome [see letter below]. I see your paper as a contribution towards the End-State of the power industry. I also read what you posted on EnergyPulse today and find it very useful confirmation of the model I ...
2. Let's Get Out of Back Rooms to a Generative Dialogue Part 6
Another post added to AMI Services Solutions for Alberta's Deregulated Market. I welcome the contribution of Nick to the generative dialogue, as follows: The privatization of metering services is a key technology for the “integrated” ...
3. Let's Get Out of Back Rooms to a Generative Dialogue Part 5
I added a post under the EnergyPulse article The Power Will Be There But Will It Get to Market?, by Michael Morrison, National Energy and Infrastructure Industry Group Manager, Gowlings Lafleur Henderson LLP, and David McFadden, Chair, ...
4. Thanks Gary for your interest. Electricity Without Price Controls ...
Thanks Gary for your interest. Electricity Without Price Controls (EWPC) is an emerging paradigm - no comparative studies exist as far as I know. The split of wires into T and D was a big mistake that needs to be undone. ...
5. Let's Get Out of Back Rooms to a Generative Dialogue Part 4
As you can see below, Gary Scheffer has responded to my suggestion of a generative dialogue, under the article AMI Services Solutions for Alberta's Deregulated Market. This is what I posted as a response. Thanks Gary for your interest. ...
6. Let's Get Out of Back Rooms to a Generative Dialogue Part 2
I placed a comment under the EnergyPulse article TXU Displacing Older Generation With Advanced Technologies, by Bill Opalka, Editor-in-Chief, Topic Centers, Energy Central. This is what I said: What about displacing an important share ...
7. Let's Get Out of Back Rooms to a Generative Dialogue
I posted the following comment on www.EnergyPulse.net as a follow up to the article AMI Services Solutions for Alberta’s Deregulated Market, on what were supposed to be its Part 3. This is what I wrote: ...
Te felicito por tu interesante nota Mi marciano favorito. Estoy contigo de que es momento de unir en vez de dividir. Como concluyes, "[S]on tiempos de buscar soluciones".
Para ello, la nota Conferencia Antonio Isa Conde en Amcham fue redactada con un espíritu muy positivo, con énfasis en buscar dichas soluciones transparentando los modelos mentales subyacentes. El “feedback” de tú nota es una contribución a sacar a flote diversos elementos de los modelos mentales del público.
De mi parte, con la nota La Capitalización es Muy Defectuosa - eMail enviado estoy solicitando al Círculo de Amigos del GMH comentarios a la nota La Capitalización es Muy Defectuosa – Primer Borrador.
Lo anterior es parte del esfuerzo de la nota Let's Get Out of Back Rooms to a Generative Dialogue. Es decir, que es necesario que la búsqueda de soluciones pase de los aposentos en que se armó la capitalización a los medios más abiertos posibles. Tu columna, “Sin temor ni favor,” es uno de esos medios.
CC: Círculo de Amigos del GMH, Exatec Ampliado y BD-GMH
You are welcome [see letter below]. I see your paper as a contribution towards the End-State of the power industry.
I also read what you posted on EnergyPulse today and find it very useful confirmation of the model I suggested earlier. You can find the additional comment on EnergyPulse.
I will be glad to post this more detail email message response in the GMH blog, but there is a confidential note at the bottom of the message.
P.D.: 1) Nick says: “Hi Jose – I have removed the confidential note – Thanks for taking note.”
2) The additional comment promised to Nick is in the post Let's Get Out of Back Rooms to a Generative Dialogue Part 6.
3) Let's Get Out of Back Rooms to a Generative Dialogue Part 5 is a comment to the article The Power Will Be There But Will It Get to Market?, by Michael Morrison, National Energy and Infrastructure Industry Group Manager, Gowlings Lafleur Henderson LLP.
From: Nick Clark [mailto:Nick.Clark@Utilitynet.net]
Sent: Tuesday, November 28, 2006 5:12 PM
Thanks for your comments on my article. I attempted to post the following on the EC web – but it was bounced back as a Data Base Error - at any rate – below are a few further comments regarding our thoughts on AMI / Deregulation.
Often the debate regarding deregulation does not necessarily reflect the gains being made in C & I or Retail market sector. As a note of interest: the issue of metering communication infrastructure, which sparked this article was based on REAs in Alberta (Farming Co-operatives) wanting to take greater control over all aspects of their business in an attempt to drive down prices and increase services offered to their customers (members).
Under deregulation, the REAs faced two options. 1. Do nothing and continue to accept whatever the IOU Retailers provided them in term of services and RRO prices; or, 2. Take advantage of the opportunities, as the government unbundled various aspects of the value chain. Today, in
Some businesses have profited in our deregulated market; in particular are those that have learned how to manage their energy. They have focused on understanding the business drivers, the nature of their load, profiles and mining their energy data. It starts with asking the right questions. Given that every enterprise requires energy to produce products and profits; how can you accurately determine your energy consumption for each business units or cost center? How much electrical power do they use each month? Can you control it, and/or; more importantly reduce the costs?
For large commercial enterprises, electricity is one of those critical line items that can impact the bottom line, especially given the high volatility of the spot market. Only with increased insight over financial reporting can an organization identify the fixed costs and manage those costs that are variable. In today's business climate, knowing actual costs per business unit is needed to help to drive internal accountability in determining the true profitability of each unit. Given the unbundling of charges – variable costs are more transparent. To profit from deregulation requires the customer to seriously take the time to understand all aspects of managing the purchase and consumption of electricity as they would any other commodity. But to do so, requires systems and data mining services to help manage the complexity of the various aspects of overall value chain.
Market participants in today’s deregulated market will not profit from it, unless they are willing to invest in learning how to manage all aspects of it.
At UTILITYnet we have focused on providing our customers (C & I plus REA clients) with energy management software and reporting system designed to collect, interpret, monitor and display metered, billing consumption and demand data for use by our client’s management team to help them achieve the lowest possible cost in buying power and/or in the management of the consumption of electricity.
Effectively, we have re-assembled all the data streams that the government unbundled into a consolidated information bank.
All meter reads and customer invoices undergo a detailed exception reporting validation review. All exceptions are then researched and resolved by our staff. Our reviews include but are not limited to areas such as meter changes, route planning, work-order management, high-low thresholds, meter read validations, load factor validations, usage/cost per hour/day/month and demand levels. Again, the unbundling of fees has made this process much more complicated – but at the same time, it has put more control in the hands of the customer to make informed decisions. As an ASP business provider, our systems are used to not only help our clients manage their corporate procurement strategies and risk but also validate the accuracy of all (site by site) invoices plus reports on how each of their business and processes consume electricity power. Most importantly, the information is used to help promote accountability, boost efficiency and improve productivity.
Customers can profit from deregulation, but only if they opt to proactively focus on managing their energy requirements (from the meter to cash). Unquestionably, some REAs in
Next on the horizon is AMI. Control over the meter needs to be removed from the IOUs. We are in favor of privatization of the MDM function. With the decline in costs it now becomes far more affordable to take advantage of the benefits of an integrated business solution. It will allow the Retailer to link his wholesale purchasing and retail pricing strategies together. One day in the not to distant future, an REA co-operative in Alberta will be able to read the meter, invoice his customer, automatically deposit members payment, reconcile the wholesale power contract – and do so, prior to paying for the settled load. This will mitigate financing charges and under the concept of a co-operative, the savings will be passed onto the members (the ultimate consumer benefit of deregulation).