Modernization is the vehicle to the digital grid and is defined not only by analog conversion, embedded computing and communications but also by a holistic disruption of all aspects of the energy landscape. Business models, governance and societal interaction converge in a socio-technical future that has as much opportunity as risk. The dependence of all other industries on electricity further embodies the need for strategic approaches to ensure the digital grid’s success.
The implications of this converged state are far-reaching and can offer insight to utilities, new energy players and technology innovators.
Three paradigms begin to emerge that can provide clarity to achieving an effective grid modernization strategy:
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.