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2020 Strategic Directions: Smart Utilities Survey Results
Black & Veatch’s 2020 Strategic Directions: Smart Utilities survey polled more than 625 qualified utility, municipal, commercial and community stakeholders to investigate the issues and complexities of the changing utility landscape. Now, this survey data is being made available to the public.
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Learn from the Leaders - Alternative Funding Options in the Wake of COVID-19
Access to funding and financing options is more critical than ever. In the wake of COVID-19, municipal and utility budgets are expected to take a hit in the medium-to-long term because of a lower tax base, inability to collect debt, and inability to raise user rates, among other factors. Projects may be delayed or put on hold indefinitely without adequate budget capacity and/or the ability to issue general obligation (GO) or revenue bonds.
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Enhancing Infrastructure Asset Management through Business Intelligence
Aging infrastructure consistently ranks as one of the top challenges for water/wastewater utilities, according to surveys conducted by Black & Veatch*. Addressing the challenge in the context of finite resources and competing capital and operational priorities, utilities are increasingly applying asset management principles. This one-hour webinar will explore the power of digital tools and data analytics to optimize their maintenance and capital plans. What you’ll learn: This webinar will focus on specific case studies that highlight the use of dynamic and data-driven plans that increase transparency and streamline information for key decision-makers. The presentation will cover dynamic maintenance planning at Yorkshire Water and dynamic asset management plans at Hampton Roads Sanitation District.
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Advances in Biofilm Technology – Process Intensification Series, Webinar #2
Intensification of biological processes, made possible by advances in small-footprint biofilm technology, is opening the way to more energy-efficient operations at water resource reclamation facilities. This one-hour webinar focuses on the fundamentals, application and benefits of biofilms. This second session in Black & Veatch’s master course in process intensification covers practical considerations from the City of Hayward’s experience piloting a Membrane Aerated Biofilm Reactor (MABR) and considerations to potentially incorporate MABRs as part of its expansion plans.
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Renewable Energy Variability: Solutions for Grid Stability
Renewable electricity generation is the lowest cost form of new power production in most parts of the world and across many parts of Asia. Renewable resources, solar and wind, are by nature variable. This session will highlight the various renewable energy resources, the nature of variability, conventional and new flexible grid stability solutions, as well as sharing a few BESS Hybrid case studies in the region.
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Offshore Wind - Industry Overview, Challenges and Lessons Learned
Offshore wind has now become a mature commercial sector and is growing exponentially in many markets. The World Bank recently reported a technical potential of 15.6 TW of offshore wind power. This would be based on operations at a capacity factor of 50% and would satisfy half of the world's energy needs. As the world recovers from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, the "new normal" cannot be business as usual with respect to carbon emissions. Given its commercial viability and ability to be deployed at scale, offshore wind power will play a meaningful role in delivering the recovery from the current crisis.
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The Quest for Savings & Sustainability Through On-Site Solar
Over the past decade we’ve seen how on-site solar has become an efficient, low-risk approach to achieving energy and sustainability objectives. This webinar uses real-time audience responses to discover how investing in on-site power programs, and alternative project and program types, help cut operational costs, improve the health of a business, and engage with all stakeholders. Each audience choice leads to real-world examples from projects with a variety of corporate and utility clients.
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Webinar: Follow Up Discussion
With an influx of questions from a highly engaged audience in the 2020 Utility Dive webinar, How Utilities Can Support the Future of Electrification, presenters Paul Stith, Director of Strategy and Innovation, Black and Veatch; Rustam Kocher, E-Mobility Ecosystem Leader, Daimler Trucks North America; and Mike Roeth, Executive Director of the North American Council for Freight Efficiency, regrouped for an informal conversation to address the important topics.
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Webinar: How Utilities Can Support the Future of Electrification
In this webinar, recorded in May 2020 with Utility Dive, Paul Stith, Director of Strategy and Innovation, Black and Veatch; Rustam Kocher, E-Mobility Ecosystem Leader, Daimler Trucks North America; and Mike Roeth, Executive Director of the North American Council for Freight Efficiency, explore the current challenges and upcoming needs that utilities can help solve. They also tackle insightful questions from the audience of utilities and other EV stakeholders.
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State of the Grid in America
We teamed up with the McChrystal Group to discuss the state of the utility industry, both within a COVID-19 context and beyond. This webinar features a keynote from GEN (Ret.) Stan McChrystal, as well as a panel of industry leaders that includes our own Vice President and Global Head of Distributed Energy Jeremy Klingel.
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Site Analysis in the Cloud
Black & Veatch is working in new ways and forming new partnerships to exceed client expectations. We won't allow the current conditions to slow us down. And, we’ll continue to deliver high quality work. Through our partnership with technology vendors such as Pivvot, we’re finding new and innovative ways to meet client needs. During our webinar, we share best practices for site analysis, address common pitfalls, and demonstrate how we’re conducting “virtual site analyses” for new transmission routes and distributed energy sites.
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Renewable Integration for Transmission Systems
A review of the process of interconnecting renewable generation to the transmission system, planning and execution considerations to meet interconnect requirements, anticipated transmission grid constraints with additional renewable generation and planning considerations as they pertain to renewable plant equipment.
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Plant Modernization Services
Plant modernization is a cost-effective solution to extend the useful life, improve the efficiency, environmental performance, reliability and flexibility of operating power facilities. The modernization strategy is also viewed as an effective alternative to the construction of new power assets. This session will highlight critical operational challenges for power utilities’ today and offer major technical insights and operational best practices from 50+ plant modernization projects executed within Asia in the recent years.
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Non-Wires Alternatives
A session covering various types of Non-Wires Alternatives to traditional grid infrastructure projects. Elaborating how these types of technologies can help utilities and private enterprises, with a discussion of how to evaluate, execute and control in order to solve reliability and grid constraint issues and build a more flexible grid network. During this webinar, we also share several NWA success cases across US and Asia region; and highlight the types of key benefits for Asia.
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Monitoring Maintenance of Distributed Infrastructure
A session covering the different market offerings monitoring and maintenance provides leveraging on Black & Veatch’s ASSET360™ data analytics platform. How it helps to simplify asset performance management for asset owners; putting data to work to detect emerging risks, minimize unplanned downtime, enhance efficiency and improve planning effectiveness.
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Hydrogen Market Overview
Hydrogen is a versatile fuel, feedstock, and energy carrier for a host of different applications. Black & Veatch is currently involved in many aspects of the hydrogen value chain across the globe and has been involved as a consultant and engineering, procurement, and construction contractor for many projects that involve hydrogen. This session covers the overview and future market trends of hydrogen.
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Asia: Hot Topics When Considering Solar PV and Battery Energy Storage Projects
A discussion on current topics that are being considered when planning, developing, and implementing solar PV and battery energy storage projects. Specifically, they will be diving into considerations for the adoption of bi-facial PV module technology on solar PV project design and performance, and the addition of battery energy storage to solar-based renewable power generation projects.
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Energy Storage Plus Gas Turbines - Improving Grid Flexibility
With the increased introduction of variable renewable generation, compounding the traditional variability in electric loads, the need for generating assets that are flexible (fast starting and rapid ramping) is growing. Hybrid systems, pairing a generator with storage, are proven solutions that improve grid flexibility. This discussion covered battery energy storage coupled with gas turbines assets.   

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