A Natural Gas and Electric Power Distribution Company implemented Opex and Capex reports using Power BI



VNB implemented Opex and Capex reports using Power BI for a Natural Gas and Electric Power Distribution Company. These reports were designed to enhance operational efficiency and cost management. By providing comprehensive insights into financial and operational performance, the Opex and Capex reports enabled data-driven decision-making. They covered areas such as capital actuals, vendor payments, work hours, and key performance indicators, among others. The implementation of these reports aimed to optimize spending, identify areas of improvement, and increase overall operational efficiency.

Customer Profile

Customer provides a wide range of products and services related to energy and utilities. They offer natural gas, electricity, propane, and related products to residential, commercial, and industrial clients. They also provide energy-related services such as energy efficiency solutions, renewable energy, and Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) services. Their goal is to provide reliable, affordable, and sustainable energy solutions to their clients.

Customer Situation

The customer faced several challenges in managing their financial data and tracking expenses. The absence of proper Opex and Capex reports made it difficult for them to analyze the financial performance of projects, activities, engineers, and vendors. They lacked visibility into actual and forecasted spending for both operational expenses (Opex) and capital expenses (Capex). This hindered their ability to effectively control costs, optimize resource utilization, and track labor expenses. Furthermore, they experienced delays and additional costs due to insufficient insights into inactive meters, locates, main leaks, and other critical areas.

VNB Solution

To address the customer's challenges, VNB provided a comprehensive solution by creating Opex and Capex reports. These reports enabled the customer to gain real-time financial insights, effectively manage expenses, and optimize resource allocation. The Opex reports focused on tracking operational spending, employee hours worked, and other key performance indicators. Meanwhile, the Capex reports provided visibility into capital project expenses, vendor payments, and important project milestones. Both sets of reports were designed to be easily understandable and accessible to various stakeholders, including project managers, engineers, and financial analysts. VNB also customized the reports based on the customer's specific needs and requirements.

Customer Benefits

  • Improved visibility into financial performance of specific projects, activities, and costs, leading to better decision-making and resource allocation.
  • Ability to track actual spending and forecasted spending against budgeted amounts, helping to control costs and avoid overruns.
  • Enhanced accountability for project managers and engineers through tracking of their financial performance.
  • Increased efficiency and accuracy in managing and paying capital vendors.
  • Improved tracking and reporting of capital and opex hours, leading to better resource management.
  • Better management of open CWIP, allowing for more accurate forecasting and management of in-service dates.
  • Increased visibility into inactive meters and other areas of potential cost savings.
  • More timely and accurate reporting, reducing the risk of errors and increasing the speed of decision-making.
  • Better tracking and management of capital expenses, allowing for more accurate forecasting and planning.
  • Overall reduction in costs through better management of financial performance, vendor payments, and resource allocation.

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