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UI says it invests in its employees and gives them access to advanced technology..

streamline interconnection standards that benefit all
parties. That is a major factor in getting DERs into the
system. An increase in volume can strain resources, so
technology investments will help with enrollment and
interconnection efficiency.
Part of that process involves new thinking. Traditional investments from utilities to resolve reliability
and capacity issues have always been with wires, base
generation and substations.
UI sees opportunities to work with other providers
and to offer other solutions to find ways that DERs can
help solve capacity and reliability issues.
"This is another tool to help solve capacity issues and
renewable energy goals," Thomas says. "We are supporting partnership creation while getting customers and
suppliers to work together to meet energy goals and objectives. That is a big shift, so we are evaluating the use of
energy storage. Renewables have to be available to meet
capacity needs during both peak and off peak periods
while leverage energy storage to effectively meet customer and system operational requirements. The best way to
do that is for utilities to work with public utility commissions, legislators, customers and suppliers to determine
challenges while finding solutions and getting them
deployed. We must always be mindful of safety, reliability
and the prudence of all investments."
Vendors play a critical role in UI's operations. In
evaluating potential partners, the company looks for high
quality of products and services as well as a record of
accomplishment in the areas of safety and innovation.
"We have aligned ourselves with vendors that have
helped us be successful. Such as WESCO for distribution
equipment, SAP and others," Thomas says. "Our core ven-

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dors have worked closely with us to be sure we are getting
the best solution and value for our customers. We do our
due diligence to be sure everything is in the best interest
for all stakeholders."
Looking to the future, UI will focus on maintaining
and improving infrastructure. As part of the state's comprehensive energy strategy, UIL's natural gas utilities
continue to invest in and expand our gas distribution
system. This is important to ensure that our region
has energy options that support both economic development and consumer demands. Technology will be
critical for all UIL operating companies so they can integrate, streamline operations and reduce cost. Technology will also offer customers better information about
their energy use.
"What makes UI successful is our employees," Thomas
says. "We invest in employees to make sure they learn
new skills, and access to the latest technologies. Most of
our employees work and live in the area we serve. UIL
employees express their commitment to the community
through volunteer efforts as well as an annual employee
giving campaign. This contributes to our success.". EMI

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