Global power business expanding U.S. decarbonization expertise through appointment of advisor to Department of Commerce’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee
Black & Veatch has further expanded its contribution to global decarbonization, and the export of U.S. renewable energy expertise, through the appointment of Sean Tilley to the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (REEEAC).
Tilley is the company’s Global Technology Portfolio Manager for Renewable Energy within Black & Veatch’s Power Business. REEEAC is the U.S. Department of Commerce committee advising Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondon on the development and administration of programs and policies to expand the export competitiveness of U.S. renewable energy and energy efficiency products and services.
“Decarbonization is highly skilled and technology led; a move away from the commoditization of power engineering seen in recent years. This makes it an arena in which the U.S. can have a strong presence,” said Mario Azar, president of Black & Veatch’s global power business. “As a global provider of decarbonization solutions; with expertise in established technologies including wind and solar – as well as nascent decarbonization pathways like energy storage, hydrogen and ammonia – we feel ideally placed to support REEEAC’s goal of extending U.S. renewable energy skills and technology to markets around the world.”
The committee’s advice and recommendations function at the strategic level, encompassing areas including:
- Trade policy development impacting the competitiveness of U.S. renewable energy and energy efficiency exports
- U.S. Government policies and programs that directly impact the competitiveness of renewable energy and energy efficiency exports
- Priority export markets for the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries
In January 2021 Black & Veatch joined the Hydrogen Council – a global initiative of leading energy, transport and industry organizations with a vision for hydrogen’s ability to foster the energy transition; in April this year the company joined the Low-Carbon Resources Initiative.
“Technology is at the leading edge of the energy transition towards net-zero. We are joining an increasingly wide network of groups and organizations, such as REEEAC, to apply our global experience as we share the goal of proliferating technologies which enable this,” added Tilley.
Black & Veatch brings insights and experience to REEAC from projects including:
- Working with Long Ridge Energy Generation to retrofit a 485-megawatt (MW) combined-cycle power plant making it the nation’s first large gas turbine plant to transition operations to hydrogen fuel and the Intermountain Power Renewal Project, an 840-MW combined-cycle gas facility in Utah.
- Helping Rocky Mountain Power integrate renewable energy and electricity storage onto the grid; by executing a 650-kilowatt solar power generation and 1-MW, 5 MW-hour battery storage system engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) project.
- Delivering the Cardinal Point EPC Wind Project to create a new 150-MW onshore wind facility for Capital Power.
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