With the new administration talking about a trillion dollars of infrastructure investment, the time for the intelligent utility of the future is now. Political pressure and climate change are going to drive massive investments in renewable and clean energy and smart grid technology. These investments will empower customers through the launch and adoption of demand response and energy efficiency programs.
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January 1, 2009
A little over a year ago, the challenges facing the global energy and utilities market were driving a significant wedge between utilities and their customers. In Western European markets, price increases across gas, electricity and water, combined with increased corporate earnings, left many utilities in the uncomfortable position of being seen as profiteering from customers unable to change suppliers for significant benefit.
January 1, 2008
THE CHANGING DYNAMICS OF CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIPS
The utilities industry is in transition. External factors – including shifts in governmental policies, a globally felt sense of urgency about conserving energy, advances in power generation techniques and new technologies – are driving massive changes throughout the industry. Utilities are also under internal pressure to prevent profit margins from eroding.
January 1, 2008
The great American philosopher Yogi Berra once said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, chances are you will end up somewhere else.” Yet many utilities possess only a limited understanding of their call center operations, which can prevent them from reaching the ultimate goal: improving performance and customer satisfaction, and reducing costs.
Utilities face three key barriers in seeking to improve their call center operations:
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As the global economy has become more interconnected and âflat,â the pressure to increase performance has accelerated. The demands for new market share, new revenues, new levels of efficiency and new levels of accountability â already intense â have become an urgent reality in executive suites on every continent. Yet for all of these demands, […]
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