The entire energy and utilities industry is experiencing a fundamental transformation. Department of Energy studies suggest that over the next 25 years electricity usage will increase by 50 percent due to population growth, changing economic stature and increases in fossil fuel costs. As the demand for sustainable energy grows, so will the need for a smarter infrastructure.
The future of the industry lies in smart grid solutions and Advanced Metering Infrastructures. These new technology solutions require advanced rate structures, introduce enhanced customer information systems, and need updated customer contact centers and websites. A holistic strategy of change management must be applied from the start of this transformation to maximize the added value to your utility and grow to meet increasing demands.
Through years of working with industry leaders and respected authorities on utility infrastructure, West Monroe Partners possesses the credentials needed to maximize the opportunity presented by recent changes in the marketplace. We understand the need for effective change management as a holistic and transformative process. Our ultimate goal is to empower your organization to grow and improve your business through advanced technology and processes.
We facilitate your smart grid development and efficient, productive operations by:
- Partnering with utilities during the Smart Grid Consumer Engagement Grant application process
- Creating a Smart Grid Assessment Profile (S-GAP) and a road map to your smart grid future
- Preparing your financial, project management, and smart grid metrics and benefits reports for federal agencies by using West Monroe SMART™
- Facilitating customer awareness through demand side management and customer education and outreach
- Meeting NERC-CIP Cyber Security requirements while minimizing integration costs and maximizing flexibility
- Assessing your telecom solution through a structured analysis using our smart grid Telecommunication Maturity Model
- Creating a program management office (PMO) to manage the deployment of your smart grid solutions and prepare your employees and customers for the changes that will impact them
- Transforming your center operations to support new rate options and the technology learning curve associated with smart grid solutions
- Designing and implementing future-oriented IT and infrastructure integration solutions using service-oriented architecture (SOA) to reduce integration efforts
- Evaluating and implementing enterprise software and other key business applications
- Improving IT operations through effective resource management, service metrics, and service-level agreements
- Establishing green IT strategies
- Assessing the IT and operational aspects of a potential acquisition target
- Integrating IT operations and critical business processes following a corporate acquisition or merger
- Enhancing collaboration and content management through the use of customer portals and extranets
- Enhancing business intelligence and reporting capabilities
Energy & Utilities Insights
We take a close look at lessons from the electric industry and how we can best apply these in AMI for the water industry moving forward
Energy & Utilities
It should come as no surprise that concerns about the water industry’s future have kept the topic of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) on the table among water-sector policymakers and utilities. Water scarcity, aging infrastructure, water quality and accompanying regulations, water distribution, and the impact of inefficient water usage all combine to create huge challenges for water utilities in the coming decades. But system performance in the field, coupled with utility programs that utilize customer data can create a powerful combination that has the potential to transform the water utility industry much in the same way that it has transformed the electric industry.
Energy & Utilities
A solar-development project team led by the City of Chicago, applied for and was awarded a $750,000 grant from the US Department of Energy as part of the SunShot Rooftop Solar Challenge. West Monroe Partners is part of that team, along with the Illinois Institute of Technology and the Environmental Law and Policy Center. Together, our organizations are working to transform Chicago into a national leader in residential and commercial rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) development.