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Let's Embrace Distributed Infrastructure to Decrease Power Outages
Data Center operators and businesses need predictability in their power supplies. Their infrastructure has to operate regardless of grid stability, weather conditions and other factors that threaten their systems. The biggest culprit remains interrupted power supply.
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Catalyst for Clean Energy
The annual Black & Veatch Strategic Directions: Natural Gas Report explores the complexities and market dynamics impacting today’s natural gas landscape.  As the world continues to invest in the adoption of greener energy options, the outlook for natural gas has never been more positive.
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Non-Traditional Third-Party Clients Impact Energy Distribution
Maturing technologies and a growing emphasis on energy efficiency and sustainability are leading organizations to manage more DER than in the past. Bolstered by more financial and mechanical flexibility behind the meter, companies are becoming increasingly energy independent and investing more in alternative generation, storage and energy efficiency.
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The New Energy Economy
The energy ecosystem is changing, driven by the advent of distributed clean energy, increased competition from new technologies and service providers, the evolving expectations of customers, and new opportunities for serving those customers.
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Data: The Art of the Possible
Communities and utilities explore smart city planning to evolve toward smarter infrastructure through data and planning.
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Digital Water is Smarter Water
We marvel at the way smartphones and data-rich applications have reshaped how we communicate with people. Now's the time to put that technology to work safeguarding our world's most precious resource.
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Cyber Threats to Physical Assets Demand a Proactive Approach
Intent on safeguarding the nation’s largest electric grids from potential mayhem, federal regulators have stepped up their oversight of the security of power utilities. Cyber threats linger, however, with operational technology (OT), including water systems that are far less centralized and, thus, more vulnerable.
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Smarter, Safer Cities: Improving Public Safety
Smart cities also can be “Safe Cities” through the integration of smart city and public safety initiatives. An estimated 20 Safe City pilot programs are underway across the United States, in addition to programs on nearly every continent, in cities such as Dubai, Singapore and London.
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Oil and Gas Asset Data Quality and Asset Integrity
From the HAL 9000’s chilling psychosis to the world-ending artificial intelligence at the heart of the Terminator franchise, the movie industry has created a perception that data-driven computing is a heartless force singularly focused on results. Yet it is this singular focus that is critical to understanding the challenge facing the natural gas value chain when it comes to enterprise asset data quality. Today’s approaches to managing application data do not provide the high-quality foundation necessary to drive new insights into improving operations, regardless of how much we may wish for it.
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Microgrids Can Significantly Lower Operating Costs for Water Utilities
Energy is one of the most significant operating costs for a water or wastewater utility. Microgrid implementation at certain water or wastewater utility sites can produce sustainable energy that provides significant long-term cost savings. A new white paper outlines these benefits, water utility microgrid design considerations and ideal facility criteria for utilities to get the most out of this innovative energy management solution.
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Utilities Should Move From Reporting to Automation and Analytics
Advances in technology, connectivity and software have made an increasing number of tools available to improve utility performance. The Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) deployments of the past decade demonstrate there is tremendous value to be found in the data generated across utility service networks.

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