Here are a few of the top reasons why a utility should consider hiring a contractor to install AMI

Why You Should Outsource Your AMI Installation 

While much of the utility industry has changed and evolved over the years with the advent of new technologies, one facet that remains as true as ever, is that time is money. In an effort to work equally as efficiently as they do effectively–all while upholding exceptional customer service standards–most utilities find themselves consistently on the hunt for new ideas or processes that enable them to excel at all of the above. 

Often, as is the case with the installation of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), a wise option comes in the form of an outsourced specialist. Here are a few of the top reasons why a utility should consider hiring a contractor to install AMI over handling it themselves.  (more…)

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Near-miss Reporting: What is It, and Why is It Important?

You can call it a close call or a narrow escape, but the one thing you shouldn’t call a “near miss” is minor. In companies promoting a safety-first culture, these potential incidents are just as important to track as those that actually take place. In fact, to emphasize the importance of near-miss reporting, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides companies with a near-miss incident report form

Given the gravity of these events and the impact they can have on the business, we wanted to explore the topic further. Read on to learn more. (more…)

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Why You Should Partner with a Contractor Instead of Adding Staff

Companies in growth mode in every industry routinely face some of the same questions, touching on subjects like: “What direction are we heading?” “What are our competitors doing?” and “How can we maintain the same level of service with customers as we expand?”

But the question likely to generate the most discussion is, “Should we partner with a contractor or hire additional staff internally?” No matter where they stand in the debate, most people feel strongly about their position, which is probably why advocates for one side or the other have passionately pleaded their case in boardrooms and break rooms across the country for decades. While there are certainly advantages to growing your internal team, we wanted to talk today about the benefits of going with a contractor and the advantages outsourcing can bring to your business. (more…)

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Truths vs. Myths: A Closer Look at AMI

There’s no doubt that advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) is one of the most popular topics of conversation in the utilities industry today. And given the rapid rise in installations and use across the world, that shouldn’t come as a surprise. The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that nearly 70% of all electric meters have migrated to smart-enabled devices. Meanwhile, research from one analyst firm predicts the installed base of water utility AMI endpoints in Europe and North America will double between 2021 and 2027. 

Yet, despite its prevalence in the marketplace, much confusion still exists—particularly among consumers—regarding how AMI works and the benefits this emerging technology provides. That’s why we wanted to offer up a handful of AMI truths and myths to help clear up any lingering confusion. (more…)

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Top Reasons Why Utilities Should Convert to AMI

These days, it feels like smart-enabled devices are all around us. From our phones and speakers to appliances, doorbells and wristwatches, smart-enabled devices have revolutionized many different aspects of our daily lives as consumers. And while those device examples mainly benefit the consumer or end-user, plenty of smart-enabled devices—like advanced metering infrastructure (AMI)—offer a litany of advantages to both the consumer and service-providing business.

AMI modernizes the traditional act of utility metering with the help of smart-enabled devices, and utilities worldwide are switching to reap all the benefits this emerging technology has to offer. If you’re a utility considering a conversion to AMI but aren’t quite ready to take a leap, the reasons we detail below may be just the nudge you need to decide.


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Trust, But Verify: The Value of Quality Audits in Relationships, Safety and Work Product

Having their manager hover over their shoulder and check on their every move can be enough to drive an employee toward a new job or even out of the industry. And the reason why is simple: No one likes the feeling of being micromanaged. But there’s a stark difference between micromanaging and conducting regular quality audits, and most employees are perceptive enough to recognize that routine checks are actually beneficial. Read on as we detail a few ways that a “trust, but verify” mindset can help leadership illustrate just how much they care for their employees.


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Safety Training and the Benefits Beyond Keeping Workers Safe

The inherent dangers of working in industries like utilities and construction aren’t exactly fun topics of conversation—however, they are essential to discuss. Employees and contractors in these fields are often tasked with working at heights that would make the average person uncomfortable, using heavy machinery and harnessing the power of industrial-strength chemicals. But no matter their role or that day’s tasks, the reality is the safest workers on every jobsite are those who routinely receive in-depth safety training.

To help underscore the importance of this practice, we’ve put together a list of some of the top benefits (beyond just remaining safe from jobsite hazards) workers and utilities receive when safety training becomes an organizational priority. (more…)

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PPE: What is it, and Why Must it be Inspected?

When most of us think of essential equipment to have on the jobsite, tried-and-true tools like hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches and pipe cutters are the first things to come to mind. And while those are all critical for getting the job done, there’s another vital piece of equipment that can’t be overlooked: Personal protective equipment.

Also known as PPE, this equipment keeps workers safe from jobsite-related hazards, shielding them from potential injury or even death. But the reality is that the highest quality gloves, hard hats, respirators and safety glasses can all fail if the PPE is ill-fitting or in poor condition. Regular inspection of employee uniforms and PPE not only creates customer confidence but it keeps employees safer when on site. Here are a few of the top things you should know about PPE and PPE inspections.


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Top 5 Tips to Remember About Toolbox Talks

Every workday, utility construction jobsites around the country are buzzing with activity as workers and tradespeople toil away. But before the first meter is installed, the first pole is repaired, or the first underground utility is located, it’s not uncommon to see these hardworking employees and contractors gather for what’s called a toolbox talk. Also known as a tailgate meeting, these informal sessions are brief safety discussions in which jobsite leaders reinforce best practices for remaining safe while working.  


The concept of toolbox talks has been growing rapidly in popularity over the last few decades—which may be one of the biggest reasons why worker deaths, injuries and illness are down significantly since the 1970s, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration. If you want to start toolbox talks on your jobsites or you’re looking for a few tips to improve your ongoing sessions, read on as we recap our top five things to remember about toolbox talks


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Metering vs. Submetering: What’s the Difference?

Anyone who has spent much time around a utility company has likely heard the word “metering” thrown around a time or two. In fact, the term is so common that many utility customers have grown familiar with what it means and how metering affects them.—or so they think. But what customers, and even some utility employees don’t know, is that there is both metering and “submetering,” and the differences between the two are stark. 

To help clear up any confusion and provide context around what each is, we wanted to detail some of the biggest differences between metering and submetering.


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