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Jill Feblowitz is a nationally recognized thought leader in the application of information technology to the business problems of the energy industry. Her understanding of the needs of the industry is grounded in experience over the last 25 years working as a consultant and in the field. Ms. Feblowitz has consulted professionals in the energy industry – working with all levels from traders and engineers to C-Level executives – representing Information Technology, Trading & Risk Management, and Wholesale Energy Supply.
As program director for Energy Insights, Ms. Feblowitz provides research-based advisory and consulting services that will enable energy executives to maximize the business value of their technology investments and minimize technology risk through accurate planning.
Specifically, Ms. Feblowitz will be managing Energy Insights' Energy Wholesale Strategies research program. This product covers the wholesale segment of the value chain and includes coverage of major application areas including energy trading and risk management, wholesale market operations, generation fleet optimization, and generation work and asset management.
Ms. Feblowitz’s most recent experience is as owner of Feblowitz Consulting advising power & gas companies on best practices. She also helped software and services companies understand their position in the market, shape their product strategy and hone their message. Through Feblowitz Consulting, she served as an affiliate analyst in META Group’s Energy Information Strategies group where she conducted a major study on energy trading and risk management technology.
As former Service Director of AMR Research’s Energy Practice, Ms. Feblowitz led coverage of business and software trends. She set the research agenda for a team of AMR analysts and contributed in specialty areas such as trading and risk management; enterprise asset management; generation fleet optimization; and forecasting, bidding, and scheduling. Prior to joining AMR Research, Jill held the position of Senior Consultant at XENERGY, Inc., focusing on the changes in business practices, processes, and systems required by new technology and deregulation.
Ms. Feblowitz is frequent contributor to trade journals such as Electric Perspectives, Platt’s Energy Business and Technology, Hart’s Energy Markets, and Public Utilities Fortnightly. She is a frequent speaker at trade shows within the industry, such as the Edison Electric Institute/American Gas Association Energy IT Conference. She also holds a master electrician’s license. Ms. Feblowitz received her B.S. in Urban Studies from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
With increased attention on climate change, utility and merchant generators are faced with the prospect of reducing their carbon footprint. Power generation is one of the largest contributors to GHG emissions.
Part 1 of this article discussed the concepts of fleet optimization, improving unit efficiency, right-sizing maintenance inventory and maintenance best practices as ways to more efficiently operating generation fleets. The article continues with discussions of workforce management and market participation.
High energy practices, aging assets and workforce, reliability and emissions considerations are driving energy companies to further develop strategies for increasing margins and reducing costs. One strategy that has emerged is operating generation as a fleet.
While every indication is that the massive blackout across North America that left more than 50 million people without power was caused by a cascade of catastrophic events, it clearly showed the North American power grid is extremely vulnerable.
Energy companies are spending more aggressively on internal integration than other service or manufacturing industries. Close to four
years ago, energy companies started to undertake external Business-to-Business integration (B2Bi) projects. Companies active in
energy trading needed to connect to online commodity exchanges.