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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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  • 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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  • Accessing Licensed Spectrum for Future-Proof Utility Networks

    When it comes to wireless connectivity for smart grid applications, utilities have predominantly utilized unlicensed spectrum bands rather than acquiring licensed spectrum. The reasons are many: licensed spectrum is expensive, many existing smart grid solutions use unlicensed spectrum, and to date these solutions have done the job w...

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  • From Smart Grid to Neural Grid

    Industry Transformation and the Top Five Technologies

    The Neural Grid represents more than Smart Grid v2.0—much more. Today, the smart grid implies the legacy mechanical power transmission and distribution (T&D) networks enhanced by pockets of automation, connectivity, and centralized IT systems. The Neural Grid implies a vastly more powerful platform of hard and soft assets leve...

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  • Enhancing Utility Operations with Augmented and Virtual Reality

    Augmented and virtual reality devices are among the most cutting-edge technologies in today’s consumer electronics landscape. Electric utilities have never been known as early adopters of such technology, but that does not mean they must always be late to every party. Innovative hardware improvements and progressive software appli...

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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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