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 From Drones to Senders: Innovation Gaining Sway Among Electric Utility Leaders With their infrastructure graying and renewable energy posing growing threats to their customer bases and bottom lines, electric utilities are awakening to the power afforded by dynamic advances in construction, from the deployment of drones to innovative construction practices. Amid the prospect of a continued shift to decentralized, digital grids and the broadening appeal of increasingly affordable solar power systems, electricity suppliers no longer have the luxury of resisting change or delaying the adoption of next-generation power delivery. Catalyst for Clean Energy In this year’s 2019 Strategic Directions: Natural Gas Report, we explore the sector’s weightiest topics and offer insights driven by survey input from hundreds in the industry and our decades of experience serving the natural gas marketplace. Old Capital Allocation Strategies Require New Thinking The electric utility industry is in the middle of a transformation that has no precedent. Historically speaking, delivering electricity was relatively simple; utilities generated power and provided it to customers over a one-way delivery system. Companies requested, and utility regulators granted, periodic rate hikes to cover infrastructure upgrades while providing a reasonable rate of return on that investment. Transforming Southeast Asia's Energy Sector: Opportunities and Challenges Nations in Southeast Asia are working to balance energy security, environmental sustainability and economic competitiveness at a time when the financial sector is looking for bankable energy projects in which to invest. The region’s industrial growth in recent years has encouraged economic growth and urbanization that has expedited its consumption of energy. The New Power Grid: Obligations In The Era of Change To effectively map out the current and future states of power delivery, it’s imperative to discuss what the landscape looked like in the past. Understanding the evolution of any industry typically requires a healthy dose of historical context, and making sense of today’s energy grid is no exception. Ready to Learn More? Complete a short form to request more information and a specialist will contact you.