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Accelerating Indonesia's Electrification Rate with Smart Solutions
Access to electricity underlies national economic growth, higher living standards, and national security. Under President Joko “Jokowi“ Widodo’s leadership, Indonesia is charting a course to achieve a 96 percent electrification rate by 2019. For that to happen, it will require distributing electricity to villages in remote areas.
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Construction Safety Program Targets Zero Incidents
Zero is not commonly correlated with success. Zero revenue, zero backlog or zero repeat business would be disastrous; however, when measuring safety performance, zero is the ultimate goal. This coveted number is the paramount from which safety performance is gauged. And many times, safety performance can be a valuable indicator for predicting project success.
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ISO Certification Delivers Tangible Benefits
Earning ISO certification is a major accomplishment for a company. The designation instills confidence that the ISO-certified supplier provides services that meet wide international acceptance and can back up its claims about quality. After all, ISO 9000 is a globally recognized standard for quality management systems that is maintained by the International Organization for Standardization.
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Extended Tax Credits Provide Renewables with Strong Momentum Heading into 2016
The renewable energy industry is riding a strong wave of momentum going into 2016 due to major policy developments implemented in late 2015. The multi-year extension of federal tax credits, the enactment of a substantially higher renewable portfolio standard (RPS) in California, the Paris climate accord, and the final rules of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan all bode well for the sector.
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‘Heartware’ Challenge
Microgrids, hybrid generation, energy storage and renewable energy integration are disruptive forces that need appropriate and optimized management structures and human resources.
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Next Generation Mining: Incorporating Advanced Communications and the IIoT
The mining industry is increasingly leaning on technological innovation to improve safety, operational efficiencies and performance.  With that comes the requirement for extensive and intelligent communications networks, all laying the foundation for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
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Advances in Mobility & Data Promise to Transform the Future of Mining
Today’s mining industry has reason to be optimistic, with the global appetite for increased connectivity, mobility, smart infrastructure and low-emissions transportation driving demand for metal resources. Following the adage, “If it is not grown, it is mined,” the mining sector is playing a starring role in building this futuristic society of tomorrow by providing steel for driverless cars, copper for mobile devices, and lithium, nickel, cobalt and vanadium for batteries.
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FLNG Solutions Prove To Be Much More Than Potential
Over the past few years, we’ve watched as offshore FLNG capabilities have moved closer to the mainland, offering a very flexible and economical solution to operators looking to offload their supply around the world.
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The Price of Water
Water is the incredible common thread that connects our communities via food, power, manufacturing, environment and ultimately our health.
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Capital Maintenance Comes to the Forefront in the UK
Private companies in the UK have favored capital investment for the creation of new assets as the best way to achieve their service, environmental and quality targets. Looking to the future, new assets are likely to be the solution of last, rather than first, resort.
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Natural Gas Storage Operators Bracing for Regulatory Impact
Storage solutions continue to drive natural gas’s prominence as part of a balanced power portfolio. However, in order to realize natural gas storage potential, industry organizations will first need to manage the array of associated federal and state regulations.
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Hybrid Energy Systems, Microgrids Reduce Costs for Indonesia's Mining Industry
Indonesia’s mine operators face the challenge of powering critical operations in remote locations far away from an electric power grid.In areas such as Kalimantan, Sumatera and other eastern parts of Indonesia, operators often use diesel generation to fuel their operations. Fluctuating fuel costs, high consumption, unreliable delivery channels and risky storage tanks are common challenges faced.
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Mitigating Risks in Utility Ratemaking
Throughout their lifetimes, a vital activity for utilities is the periodic filing of rate cases. The key word here is “periodic,” as utilities may go several years or even a decade between rate cases. That can make it a major ordeal when the time does arrive for the utility to approach the state utility regulatory commission or municipal board and plead its case. In short, it can be a very intense and nerve-racking process.

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