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As Electric Vehicles Gain Speed, Utilities Power Up
The vroom of idling delivery trucks and revving sports cars, so familiar up to recently, will soon be a distant sound. What noise, then, will children make when they race their toy cars and trucks down driveways and across colorfully printed cityscape rugs?
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The Economic Impact of COVID-19 for Utilities
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to upend markets around the world, our clients are facing a landscape of increasing uncertainty that will be challenging to navigate. While utilities are resilient, having experienced and weathered crises in the past, the unique and unprecedented nature of this pandemic and its consequences are creating an entirely new experience.
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Gas Utility Regulatory Responses During Recessionary Periods
The world is experiencing new and unprecedented challenges – both economically and socially – due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The industry has experienced cycles of ebbs and flows before, but the unprecedented nature of COVID-19 is setting the stage for a recession that will impact the regulatory and ratemaking activities of gas distribution utilities in the U.S. To offer gas utilities a path forward, the industry needs new ratemaking solutions and regulatory policies that address the unique challenges ahead.
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Demo Day Recap: The IgniteX Class of 2019
“We have a lot to build.” That was the recurring theme at the first Black & Veatch Ignitex Demo Day. Held on November 13, 2019, at the Gallery Event Space in downtown Kansas City, the event was the culmination of the 12-week cleantech accelerator program conducted by Black & Veatch and supported by LaunchKC. 
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Mohawk Valley EDGE Substation Powers Economic Growth in Upstate New York
Mohawk Valley EDGE Substation

The completion of a new electrical substation will help power economic development in Oneida County, New York, by supplying electricity to a new $1 billion state-of-the-art, highly-automated world's-first silicon carbide wafer fabrication facility that is expected to draw more than 600 highly-skilled jobs to the region.

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In Race to Sustainability, Technologies and Trusted Teams Can Help You Break the Tape
When Kenyan marathon great Eliud Kipchoge crossed the finish line at 1:59:40 in Vienna in late 2019, crashing through one of sport’s once-unbreakable barriers by covering the distance in less than two hours, skeptics pounced. He had help, after all: There were no competitors. He picked just the right day, with just the right conditions. Handpicked world-class pacesetters ran the road with Kipchoge, forming a protective bubble around him to thwart drag. Nutrition was handed to him in stride.
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EPA’s ‘Navigable Waters Protection Rule’ – What it Means for Sustainable Infrastructure
In the world of all things water, there has been a persistently murky issue for landowners: Which surface water features on their property are subject to federal regulation? After decades of such uncertainty, a final rule proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing a definition of which waters are subject to Clean Water Act Section 404 permitting that will guide business owners who are exploring infrastructure development.
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EUCI Fiber Training

As utilities begin and continue fiber optics deployment, business processes and protocol require essential structure and planning for investor owned and large municipal utilities.

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With the March of Renewables, Electricity Sector Latest Industry to Undergo Transformation
For all the positives, renewable energy and applications that change how and when energy is used — from electric vehicles (EVs) to energy storage technologies — are rattling the conventional power industry, propelling its transformation to clean energy technology. But headwinds, including rigorous regulations and consumer expectations of reliability, may make the process feel like a bridge too far instead of a once-in-a-century opportunity.
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Utilities Must Constantly Be on Offense in Cat-and- Mouse Game Against Hackers
For power suppliers wanting to be vigilant about the threat that hackers pose to the grid, a March 2019 intrusion may have been a benign warning about vulnerability. When hackers disabled a Utah-based renewable energy developer’s control system for about a dozen solar and wind farms in the West, the grid’s operators were left blinded for more than 10 hours to those 500 megawatts of generation sites. Thankfully, no outages resulted.
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Creating a lower carbon future in the Lower Aire Valley
Knostrop Energy & Recycling Facility

Yorkshire Water’s £72 million Knostrop Energy & Recycling Facility turns sewage into energy, generating sufficient electricity to power 7,600 homes. The project, according to local member of parliament Hilary Benn, “is helping to create a lower carbon future in the Lower Aire Valley.”

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5G Implementation Comes Down to Communication, Collaboration
There’s no doubt that the lure of 5G digitalization is strong. This wave of next-generation connectivity is expected to usher in exciting new opportunities such as wide-scale adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT), along with all its innovative new technologies that promise to change how we live, work and play.
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The Call Is Coming from Inside the House: Private Utility Networks Bring Efficiency, Control and Reliability
Reliable communications networks are crucial to allow utilities to deliver an uninterrupted supply of power to customers. With high-speed wireless technology at the fore, and the addition of hundreds of new field applications that require communications networks — including Long-Term Evolution (LTE) — a digital utility is built on communications that extend to the edge. Converged networks employing IP-advanced private wireless networks enable these systems to become more efficient and extend deeper into the distribution system, where they’re most needed.

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