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  • Apr 22, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Jeff Richardson, senior product manager of electricity metering with Elster Solutions, writes detailed advice on how a utility answers this burning question: “Which meter is best for me?” He'll help you sort through safety, accuracy, reliaiblity, performance, life expectancy, environmental impact and general needs in this article.

  • Apr 21, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    To me, forecasting is a bit like that “pay no attention to the man behind the curtain” moment in “The Wizard of Oz.” After sitting through the “Integrating Energy Forecasts into Utility Planning and Operations: Perspectives from Market Participants” session at IEEE PES T&D in Chicago this April, I have to say it’s still rather murky to me. Thank goodness the forecasters are smarter than I am. But I did learn a few interesting things. 

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