Analytics winners transforming their utility businesses

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The winners of the Utility Analytics Institute's 2013 Analytics Innovation awards have been announced, based on business impact, technology and innovation.

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"These awards celebrate utility leaders who are transforming their businesses with data analytics today," said Mike Smith, vice president, Utility Analytics Institute. "The success of these analytics projects demonstrates how far the industry has come, and provides benchmarks and inspiration for other utility professionals as they advance analytics efforts at their own companies."

Southern Carolina Electric and Gas Company (SCE&G) received the "Customer Analytics" award for leveraging analytics to create personalized, two-way communication with customers to educate them on energy efficiency and savings. Analyzing customer data from multiple sources, SCE&G offers customers personalized monthly energy reports, detailing their performance and providing custom energy-management tips. Past research indicates that approximately 70 percent of Home Energy Reports program participants have taken energy management actions, resulting in significant megawatt-hours saved and providing a gateway to the adoption of other DSM products and services. Currently, there are 36,000 residential customers enrolled in the program.

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) received the "Analytics Business Infrastructure" award for developing and working with employees across the enterprise to institutionalize benchmarking so that PG&E can better track and monitor performance against the industry. PG&E is also developing a model of utility cost drivers enabling PG&E to compare actual versus predicted costs based on geography, environment, customers and other variables across its service territory.

Oncor received the "Grid Analytics" award for automating the utility's meter reading system and integrating the meter data management system with the outage management system, enabling Oncor to collect and validate data for daily settlement with the market, more efficiently respond to outages, and complete service orders remotely. With the command-and-control functionality provided by the integrated solution, Oncor has remotely completed more than 4 million service orders, eliminating 20 million drive miles, 1.65 million fuel gallons, and 16,000 tons of CO2 emissions.

For more:
- see last year's winners

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