Hydropower projects must be licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), a process that can be time consuming and costly without the appropriate expertise and guidance. For facilities in complicated geographic locations, relicensing can present even more challenges.
For midstream operators, market conditions for natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGL) dictate the approach to gas processing. For plants located further from the U.S. Gulf Coast, transportation and fractionation (T&F) fees associated with NGL can be significant, resulting in very low or negative netback prices.
Utilities, cooperatives and municipalities have experimented with pre-paid energy service over the years, with varying degrees of success. Today, what was once a service focused on addressing the needs of the utility has shifted to offer a balanced set of benefits that address the needs of both the utility and the customer.
Procurement for land mobile radio (LMR) systems that provide emergency communications usually follows a standard process, whereby agencies, like municipalities and federal and state entities, prepare a single request for proposal (RFP) that covers all phases of the project.
The UK's capacity market auctions are intended to ensure security of electricity supply. The most recent auction, while successful in awarding contracts for new generating capacity, was far from the giant leap that many were expecting. Peter Hughes, Black & Veatch`s Director of Business Development for energy in Europe, considers what is necessary to ensure the system creates a more robust energy supply.
Contracting with an energy services company can be a wise way for water and wastewater utilities to implement efficiency improvements. Performance contracting is a powerful tool, but success usually happens only when both parties fully tap the specific knowledge each participant brings to the project, and apply best practices.