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Richelle Elberg, Principal Research Analyst

Richelle Elberg

Richelle Elberg is a principal research analyst contributing to Navigant Research’s Utility Transformations program and heading up the Smart Grid research services, including Connected Grid, Digital Grid, and Dynamic Grid. Her primary focus is on communications networks for utility applications, including AMI and substation and distribution automation applications. Elberg has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, including an extensive background analyzing and writing on the wired and wireless communications industries from operational, financial, strategic, technical, and regulatory perspectives.

Prior to joining Navigant Research, Elberg served as director and senior analyst with JSI Capital Advisors, a boutique investment bank focused on the communications, digital media, and information technology industries. She has also held senior positions in analysis and management with Kagan World Media and KPMG. Elberg speaks French, Spanish, and Russian, and she is the author of two novels. She holds a BA in international business and marketing from the University of Colorado.

Recent Reports

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  • Customer Management and Experience Technologies

    Web, Call Center, Billing, and Outage Notification Technologies:

    Utilities today are facing the most competitive environment that the electric power industry has ever seen. They are facing regulatory disruption, stagnant load growth, financial pressures, and competition from distributed generation (i.e., solar) and other third-party service providers. At the same time, their customers have come t...

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  • Drones and Robotics for Transmission and Distribution Operations

    Ground-Based, Line-Suspended, and Aerial Robotics and Applications:

    A pivotal transition in the utility landscape is rapidly approaching. The electric grid will no longer simply be a system of power lines and structures. Rather, it will be a data-rich network equipped with autonomous sensors, connected asset management platforms, and a constant flow of critical infrastructure information. Drones and...

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  • Utility Digitization Strategies

    It is difficult to avoid the current hype surrounding digitization. Industry press, conferences, and webinars are all showing a tremendous amount of interest in digitization. And that is no surprise, as the end goal of a digital transformation is the complete overhaul of a business—not just IT infrastructure, but entire business p...

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  • Navigant Research Leaderboard: Power Utility Low Power Wide Area Networking Vendors

    Assessment of Strategy and Execution for 15 LPWA Equipment and Service Providers

    Low power wide area (LPWA) technologies make up a relatively newer set of communications protocols designed to fulfill the promise of the Internet of Things (IoT). Characterized by very long range, battery life, lower data transfer capacity and speed, and low cost, LPWA networks promise to make monitoring and—in some cases—contr...

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Recent Blog Posts

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  • Mapping Smart City Applications to Smart Street Lighting Platforms

    June 28, 2017

    City managers interested in smart street lighting applications today can choose among a multitude of technologies and vendors. Questions such as cost, functionality, useful life, and ability to accommodate other applications over time, however, can make the decision-making process overwhelming. To provide guidance, Navigant Researc...

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  • Clearing the Data Hurdle for Effective Asset Performance Management

    June 9, 2017

    Few in the utility industry today disagree with the notion that technical advances in terms of sensing and analytics are yielding powerful new solutions for asset performance management (APM) and predictive maintenance. Many would also agree, however, that there are challenges for utilities ready to digitize their asset management p...

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  • First (Nearly) Nationwide LPWA Network Now Available for Utility Applications

    April 4, 2017

    On March 31, Verizon launched the first commercial LTE-Cat-M1 network across 2.4 million square miles in the United States. LTE-Cat-M1 is a cellular-based, low power wide area (LPWA) network designed to support the burgeoning Internet of Things (IoT) industry. Other LPWA solutions include ultra-narrowband systems such as SIGFOX, RPM...

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  • Utilities, Public Safety, and Telecom Concerns Fight IoT Startup Higher Ground

    December 7, 2016

    Electric utilities and their advocate organization the Utilities Technology Council (UTC) have joined communications and public safety concerns in opposing satellite messaging startup Higher Ground LLC. The California-based company first filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 2015 for permission to use 6 GHz spect...

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Recent Press Releases

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