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Michael Kelly, Research Analyst

Michael Kelly

Michael Kelly is a research analyst contributing to Navigant Research’s Digital Grid research service within the Utility Transformations program.  He also maintains a lead role in the development of Navigant Research’s Global Grid Infrastructure data service, and specializes in smart grid IT systems and data analytics, as well as advanced metering infrastructure.

Prior to joining Navigant Research, Kelly worked as a research analyst at Energy Acuity, where he researched renewable energy projects and transmission planning dockets. In this role, he also contributed to the development of annual reports on solar and wind markets and analyzed public planning documentation. Kelly holds an MS in geography and environmental science, with a focus on geospatial analysis, from the University of Colorado Denver, and a BA in environmental studies from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Recent Reports

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  • Market Data: Utility Customer Information and Relationship Management Systems

    CIS, CRM, and Customer Operations Analytics:

    Billing/customer information system (CIS) solutions are fundamental to the electric utility industry’s meter-to-cash process, essentially serving as the cash register, and are thus critical to a utility’s cash flow. While legacy systems perform that function, the modern systems available today offer many more capabilities. In th...

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  • Communications Technologies for DER Integration

    Distributed Generation, EVs, Demand Response,

    The global energy business faces unprecedented challenges—and opportunities—as distributed energy resources (DER) proliferate. This emerging paradigm shift in power generation and grid operations has also brought about the threat of grid instability and complicated grid management processes for utilities. To date, utility effor...

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  • Global AMI Tracker 4Q17

    Smart Meter Projects: Project Tracking, Regional Analysis, and Market Shares

    The smart electric meter market remains strong as developed markets continue to mature through a mix of new deployments and second-generation upgrades. Meanwhile, developing markets are showing promise as new pilot- and commercial-scale projects continue to emerge. Since the release of Navigant Research’s Global AMI Tracker in 2Q ...

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  • Machine Learning for the Digital Utility

    It is hard to escape the hype surrounding artificial intelligence (AI). Blockchain is possibly the only other technology to command as many headlines as AI. Yet, there is a tangible difference between what is written about the two technologies. On the one hand, despite plenty of issues with blockchain, many in the media still effusi...

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Recent Blog Posts

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  • From Ownership to Outsourcing: An Evolution of AMI

    April 10, 2018

    More than a decade after the earliest models of smart electric meters were deployed, the market for advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) is undergoing a major shift. Utilities have historically preferred to acquire their own physical assets and any software required to manage these assets, store all related data in house, and use ...

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  • China Cements Its Role as the Undisputed AMI Leader

    November 30, 2017

    In terms of volume, China continues to preserve its status as the undisputed global leader in advanced metering infrastructure (AMI). Since 2012, State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) has been deploying smart meters to each of its customers at a feverish clip. SGCC has installed more than 400 million smart meters across China over ...

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  • Harvey and Irma Highlight the Need for Advanced Outage Communications

    September 14, 2017

    The impacts are devastating. Across Houston and larger parts of the Southeast, citizens are reeling from the extensive damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. Meanwhile, across the gulf, Florida was just hit by Irma—one of the strongest hurricanes on record. For utilities, the wave of powerful storms not only means a rush to restore po...

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  • Five Key Smart Meter Markets to Watch

    June 27, 2017

    The adoption of smart electric meters by utilities is part of a long-term technology transformation to create a more intelligent grid. While the rate of adoption will vary by region, over time, smart meters will become the norm. In the advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) landscape today, some countries already have nearly full pe...

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Recent Press Releases

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