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Utility Analytics: Not Hot Enough?
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Re: SAS a leader in utility industry analytics
  • 7/11/2014 1:30:42 PM
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Yes, SAS does indeed have solutions aimed at and used with the energy market -- and certainly there are other positive examples to share, as well. But the takeaway from Eastman, who regularly speaks with utilities about IT and analytics, is that the industry overall simply isn't all that advanced on analytics and the overarching problem is trying to figure out the best way to get going.

Re: SAS a leader in utility industry analytics
  • 7/11/2014 7:42:23 AM
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Yes. It is a good start indeed. Let's hope things improve with time and analytics can help. In addition to power generation there are many other forms of pollution like the one that happened last year with the hazardous air pollution levels here in Singapore. Making the need to wear masks a reality. Indonesian forest fires were the cause of that and it continues to pollute the air here. I wonder whether analytics could help locate future culprits or possible areas of risk in such a scenario. Most fires are set by planters hoping to clear land for plantations.

Re: SAS a leader in utility industry analytics
  • 7/11/2014 7:29:28 AM
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Phoenix writes


 I hope the utility companies and everyone else who has the opportunity to reduce emissions and pollution take action today. And using analytics seems like a good starting point. What do you think?


 

According to the article on Oklahoma Gas & Electric I linked, much of the SAS analytics/big data technology for OG&E is aimed at helping the company understand and better manage the energy demand of its user base.


The company uses SAS® Analytics to forecast energy demand, plan for future changes to its energy portfolio and optimize programs that encourage wiser use of energy. OG&E can now work with large volumes of smart meter/smart grid data without outsourcing the analysis and with a dramatic increase in speed.

"We're changing from getting [customer] data once a month to getting data every 15 minutes," explains Brian Eakin, Load Forecast Analyst. The utility expects the smart meter data to help it price energy, assess the value of new conservation technologies and plan for the future. "We have a company goal to avoid building additional fossil fuel power generation until 2020 or beyond."


 

Better power conservation is an important component of ensuring a sustainable energy supply to maintain current quality of life. And also to avoid the gas-mask scenario...

 

Re: SAS a leader in utility industry analytics
  • 7/11/2014 2:04:32 AM
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That really is good news Lyndon. We really need to focus on reducing our carbon foot print like Beth mentioned. Many cities are now battling crippling air pollution and I myself have experienced it first hand. I can't imagine a world where we have to wear gas masks just to go out. Specially with my eyes watering. I hope the utility companies and everyone else who has the opportunity to reduce emissions and pollution take action today. And using analytics seems like a good starting point. What do you think?

SAS a leader in utility industry analytics
  • 7/10/2014 10:39:27 PM
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Beth writes


Unfortunately, we can't count on too many utilities to be data-fueled eco-warriors anytime soon. The utility industry, as a whole, suffers from an immaturity in the use of analytics.... 


 

Fortunately, SAS (an affiliate of the corporate sponsor of AllAnalytics.com) seems to stand out as a leader in the deployment of analytics in the nation's utilities industry. I've just happened to discover this while doing Google research on analytics in the electric power industry.

Here are a couple of examples:

Utilities closing analytics skills gap with SAS® software, research grant

Oklahoma Gas & Electric Company forecasts energy demand, optimizes energy-saving programs with SAS® Forecast Server

 



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