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By Gary Sanders | 08.14.18

The last Utility Information Pipeline dealt with factors to consider when conducting a Return on Investment (ROI) analysis for implementing an automated meter reading system. In that article, I asked readers who have implemented AMR or AMI systems…

By Gary Sanders | 07.31.18

Recently, a new newsletter subscriber emailed me and asked: “We are searching for any information that would support (or not) investing in radio read meters. Our Board has already voiced the opinion they won’t pay for themselves.…

By Gary Sanders | 07.17.18

I know of utilities with AMI (Automated Metering Infrastructure) systems who aren’t doing proactive leak detection. My question is why wouldn’t they? Certainly, an AMI system is the most convenient way to read meters. Unlike using handhelds,…

By Gary Sanders | 06.26.18

Recently, during a sales presentation, I was presented with a rate scenario I’ve not encountered in my 35 plus years of working with utilities. Rather than billing new accounts activated in the same billing period…

By Gary Sanders | 06.12.18

If your utility is like most, you’ve probably had to deal with rumors that surface on social media or in general conversation among your customers. If you are employed by a utility that is part…

By Gary Sanders | 05.29.18

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been inundated with emails over the last few weeks with privacy policy updates from what seems like every site you’ve ever visited. Of course, this isn’t a random occurrence…

By Gary Sanders | 05.12.18

This is the second of two consecutive Utility Information Pipelines reporting the results of the 2018 Utility Staffing Survey. 82 utilities, representing 20 states, ranging in size from 134 to 90,000 active accounts participated in…

By Gary Sanders | 04.24.18

For the past few months, I’ve been conducting the 2018 Utility Staffing Survey. This survey has become a biennial survey, alternating years with the Utility Fee Survey. The initial Utility Staffing Survey was in 2016 and,…

By Gary Sanders | 04.10.18

If your utility is like most, your rates include a base (fixed) charge in addition to the usage charge. The base charge, sometimes called an administrative fee, should generate enough revenue to cover the fixed…

By Gary Sanders | 03.27.18

After the last Utility Information Pipeline issue dealing with a customer paying her entire $493 water bill in pennies as a “peaceful protest”, where I advocated for having a loose coin policy, a few readers inquired as…

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