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create their own energy savings plans.
Another challenge is related to coastal storms such as Irene and Sandy.
Those storms shed a harsh light on
issues with coastal substations and the
ability to withstand strong storms and
flooding. "Our reliability is very good,
and we strive to at least maintain our
reliability levels but always find ways
to improve," Thomas says.
In many ways, UI has always sought
to be ahead of the curve. The organization has utilized mobile technology on
the customer side since 1996 and it has
had fixed metering since the late 1990s.
It has been upgrading those systems
to current technology and it is looking
for more integration opportunities that
will benefit customers.
Recent initiatives include advanced
metering, a two-way mesh communications network, new customer

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information systems and using SAP
tools. UI is also investing in a new
Outage Management System (OMS)
and Graphical Information System
(GIS). "We have a solid foundational technology and are now looking
improve integration between systems
for better efficiencies for us and the
customer," Thomas says.

NEW DIRECTIONS
One of the trends that UI is focused on
is the increase of distributed energy resources (DERs) like fuel cells,
solar farms, rooftop residential solar
systems and municipal micro grids.
These two-way power flow systems
are still relatively new to the industry. Most utility distribution systems
are one way and don't easily accept
renewables. "Our focus is on technology solutions that will enable DERs so

customers can easily connect while the
system can still be safe and reliable,"
Thomas says.
UI works with state and utility stakeholders as part of an ongoing effort to


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