DERs are becoming a key component of the modern power grid, affecting all aspects of utility operations and business processes from resource planning to customer service, regulatory requirements and distribution system needs. As DERs proliferate and many customers begin to exercise more control over how and where their energy is produced, utilities have a responsibility to plan ahead and ensure that they make appropriate infrastructure investments to optimize benefits for all stakeholders.
As more DERs are interconnected and become more active participants in providing grid services, traditional radial utility distribution systems must evolve into more dynamic and integrated networks capable of handling two-way power flow and rapid exchange of information. However, this evolution will take time and coincide with the logical replacement of aging infrastructure to create a more decentralized, interoperable and intelligent network of systems within the “smart city” construct. To be successful, smart city planning and execution of distributed infrastructure must involve collaboration with utility leaders in power, water and telecommunications.
DoD facility managers also are faced with similar challenges to water utilities including limited funding, regulatory pressures and aging infrastructure. Fortunately that means that many bases can take lessons learned from industry leaders and adapt best practices to address budgetary restraints, meet compliance mandates and deliver long-term value.
Heavy water users, from power plants to oil and gas refineries, chemical plants, data centers and more are recognizing that they need to manage water differently.
Change is afoot for water utilities in England and Wales. For the past 30 years these private companies 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, however, new assets are likely to be the solution of last, rather than first, resort.
Direct potable reuse (DPR) — when wastewater is treated to the extent that it meets drinking water standards and then is added into the drinking water supply — is coming up in the ranks as a subject of research and development.
Big Data and the complicated algorithms that help translate that data into intelligence can be difficult concepts for any organization, regardless of industry, to swallow.
The Ulu Pandan Wastewater Treatement Demonstration Center has a treatment capacity of 12,500m3/day, and serves to test advanced water treatment technologies before deploying them on a larger scale at Tuas Water Reclamation Plant in the future.
A large utility located in the Midwest needed to build a low volume wastewater (LVW) treatment system to improve to two of its coal-burning plants necessitated by the Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) rule.
Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) is serious about their commitment to safe and reliable operations. To bolster their residential natural gas meter protection efforts, BGE partnered with Black & Veatch on an integrated plan to relocate and safeguard meters for more than 16,000 natural gas customers in the Baltimore, Maryland, region.
Canadian utility group Fortis Inc. owns a number of gas and electric utilities across North America. Two of these utilities faced ratemaking challenges that were impacting the level of rates paid by certain customers and the utilities’ future financial health.
Black & Veatch designed and built the world’s largest nutrient recovery facility at the Stickney WRP. The plant is providing an environmentally progressive solution to support the larger goal of reducing Gulf hypoxia.