IDC Energy Insights and Intelligent Utility Magazine Release 2011 UtiliQ Rankings Designed to Measure Utilities’ Progress to Intelligent Energy

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., November 10, 2011 – IDC Energy Insights and Intelligent Utility magazine, an Energy Central publication today announced the results of the annual UtiliQ rankings – a joint study designed to cut through the smart grid hype and provide benchmarks for measuring the progress utilities are making on the path to intelligent energy. For the third straight year, Sempra Energy's San Diego Gas & Electric is the most intelligent utility in America, according to the annual UtiliQ survey of U.S. electric utilities.

This year, the UtiliQ had the benefit of more comprehensive data sources including SNL Energy, AWEA, SEPA, NREL, FERC, the Consortium of Energy Efficiency, and the IDC Energy Insights Smart Meter tracker. As a result, the 2011 analysis is based on better data on renewable generation, as well as energy efficiency, smart meter implementations, and demand response, at the utilities.

According to the findings, while demand response (DR) programs are not new to the industry, utilities consider demand response a top initiative in the next five years. Those utilities that have had experience with DR programs have built their "intelligence" for the future, and FERC data on DR programs were incorporated in the evaluation process. Dynamic pricing programs were given extra weight as a relatively new form of DR.

"Utilities are continuing to increase their intelligence in some critical areas and we were fortunate to gain greater and more comprehensive access to reliable data on which to base our evaluations. For example, while demand response programs are not new to the industry, we believe demand response to be a top priority in utilities in the next five years so that is reflected in our intelligence ratings," according to Jill Feblowitz, vice president of IDC Energy Insights. "The intelligent utility is steadfastly and thoughtfully re-aligning their objectives, business processes and technology to prepare for the future."

The UtiliQ rated 78 American utilities based on five criteria: operational efficiency, commitment to renewables, smart energy initiatives, demand response/energy efficiency programs, and information technology investments in support of business process improvements. In addition, commitment to sustainability is factored into the results. All but three of the top 25 intelligent utilities received "near genius" scores in smart grid IQ, indicating the importance of smart grid developments for achieving utility intelligence.

The top 5 scoring utilities for the 2011 UtiliQ rankings include:

1. San Diego Gas & Electric

2. PG&E

3. Austin Energy

4. APS

5. Southern California Edison

In addition to the emphasis on demand response, this year's analysis also benefited from having access to more comprehensive and consistent data. Utilities featured in the top five were likely to have more renewables as a percent of generation. Of great benefit, the IDC Energy Insights Smart Meter Tracker data outlined the progress in implementation of smart grid initiatives, especially smart meters, rather than the existence of smart meter plans which, for some utilities, have been put on hold. In addition, this year's ranking took into account more granular data on investments in energy efficiency programs to help identify the most intelligent utilities on the market today.

A complete list of the top 25 utilities can be found on the Intelligent Utility Magazine website www.intelligentutility.com.

For additional information about this study, or to arrange a one-on-one briefing with Jill Feblowitz, please contact Sarah Murray at 781-794-3214 or sarahbethmurray@gmail.com. Reports are available to qualified members of the media. For information on purchasing reports, contact insights@idc.com; reporters should email sarahbethmurray@gmail.com

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