Shell Microgrid Doubles as Research Lab for Testing New Energy Solutions Houston, TX - U.S.A. Black & Veatch designed and constructed a microgrid that brings together battery energy storage technology and other elements to create a sustainable, resilient, flexible microgrid system, used to generate power and serve as a working test lab to explore advancements in renewable energy. Learn More Microgrid with Energy Storage System Promotes Reliability and Sustainability Overland Park, KS - U.S.A. To help clients realize greater levels of sustainability and to ensure reliable operations, Black & Veatch constructed a microgrid to power the company’s Innovation Pavilion at its World Headquarters. The microgrid system uses renewable energy, natural gas and a 100 kW lithium-ion battery energy storage system (BESS). Learn More Scalable, Plug-and-Play Power Solution Provides Resiliency to Hurricane-Affected School Yabucoa, Puerto Rico A coalition led by Black & Veatch donated tens of thousands of dollars in technology along with the manpower to provide a new, solar-driven power source for the SU Manuel Ortiz in Yabucoa, ground zero of Hurricane Maria. The modular "SunCrate" uses solar PV panels, inverters and batteries to store and provide electric power. Learn More Featured Insights Energy Storage Evolution Electrifies Renewables Learn More Energy Storage to Follow Renewable Energy's Growth Learn More Storage- and Demand-side Management Learn More Large Complexes Benefit as Battery Costs Decline Learn More Emerging Technologies Challenge Energy Landscape Learn More Energy Storage Delivers Natural Gas Advantages Learn More Strategic Directions Reports The annual Strategic Directions Report series offers analysis and insights into key issues and trends facing the smart cities and utilities, electric, natural gas, and water utility sectors. Drawing insights from industry leaders from around the globe, we dive into immediate and long-term market needs, allowing us to continually measure industry progress, market shifts and emerging challenges to drive infrastructure transformation. 2018 Electric Report Today’s energy ecosystem is changing, spurred by a global movement dedicated to clean energy technology and innovation. Traditional grid systems and business models are evolving, building pressure on the electric industry to seek new opportunities for revenue in an increasingly competitive market. Meanwhile, cities, states and large corporations are making plans to invest in renewable energy in a bid to declare their energy independence. Black & Veatch's 2018 Strategic Directions: Electric Report explores the progress made by the electric utility industry as it slowly adapts to this new power landscape. Learn More | Download Now 2019 Smart Utilities Report As generation, transmission and distribution technologies continue to rapidly evolve, Black & Veatch’s 2019 Strategic Directions: Smart Utilities Report finds that utilities are on the cusp of their most visible transformation in more than a century. Expert analyses of a survey of hundreds of utility operators – shows that grid modernization efforts such as deploying smart devices, predictive analytics and active network management strategies can overcome the pitfalls of aging infrastructure. Along the way, such modernization also can meet rising customer demand for reliability, green energy and a lesser carbon footprint. Learn More | Download Now Our Strategic Directions Reports have been conducted since 2006, working to capture the industry’s viewpoint concerning ongoing issues facing our clients and business partners. In addition to graphical interpretation of survey results, our full reports provide expert analysis, recommendations and actionable intelligence for overcoming the growing challenges facing each industry. Learn More 0 Related Insights Wholesale Markets: Decentralization Abounds, More Customer Focus Needed Utilities traditionally have followed load, investing in assets when demand required it. Today’s wholesale markets are starting to push them in a different direction. Instead of load, utilities are being forced to follow their customers, and load doesn’t always come along with them. That’s leading to a wholesale market that’s becoming as decentralized and disaggregated as generation itself. The Business of Electricity: Will Distribution Markets Dominate? Imagine customers, third parties and perhaps even utilities participating in a market in which their investments in renewable energy and other forms of DERs could be monetized. The uptake of clean energy would dramatically accelerate, creating new opportunities for innovation and an open, inclusive energy economy. Energy as a Service: Power Without the ‘Plant’ When ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft began disrupting the taxi business a decade ago, taxi operators scoffed and said consumers weren’t ready for such a radical approach to their entrenched business model. Finding the Right Power Generation Mix As ratepayers continue to seek more renewable energy integration, the electric industry is struggling to create the optimal mix of fuels that will economically meet sustainability goals. Boosted by a slew of factors – including decreasing costs, advancing technologies, new carbon-reduction policies, consumer pressure and regulatory support – renewables show no sign of slowing down. But their ability to provide reliable, consistent baseload power remains firmly in doubt because of the inherent intermittency of wind and solar photovoltaic. Distribution Planning: More Twists and Turns Ahead Planning for today’s distribution networks is a little like driving down a foggy road at night. Knowing what’s ahead and having more visibility makes a ride like that easier, but the clarity those two conditions provide is lacking for utilities and other players in the power sector as they travel toward a modernized grid. Collaborate with our Energy Storage team. 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