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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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  • Global AMI Tracker 2Q18

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

    The global smart electric meter market is in a period of growth, but has not yet reached the maturity stage. Developed markets continue to grow as late adopters embrace advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and second-generation smart metering propagates among the early adopters. Meanwhile, emerging markets are showing signs of sma...

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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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  • Improving Transmission Efficiency with Carbon Nanotube Technology

    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been a hot topic in the international science and technology industry since their discovery in 1991. A quick glance through nearly any mainstream technology publication around the world will yield dozens of articles and commentaries on the potential applications of CNTs in just about all industries. Thes...

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  • Smart City Communication Networks Market Overview

    Wired, Wireless, Public, and Private Networks for Smart City Applications:

    As the global smart city market moves into a period of increasing maturity, a growing focus on the underlying communication networks will enable this next stage of development. The communication networks that connect the sensors, controllers, cameras, and other hardware infrastructure capturing valuable data from the city environmen...

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Recent Blog Posts

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  • It's Time Critical Infrastructure Had a Standardized, Licensed Spectrum Band

    June 12, 2018

    US power utilities are grappling with challenges ranging from growing distributed energy resource (DER) penetration (e.g., solar and EVs), business model disruption, and low to no load growth. Navigant Research has covered the utility business model extensively in its Energy Cloud thought leadership series, and has found that it wil...

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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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Recent Press Releases

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