Digital electricity, however, is anything but easy. The connectivity we crave as customers and electricity providers is constantly reshaping and testing today’s electric grid, and it’s changing the way we plan for tomorrow. Aging infrastructure, higher amounts of renewable power entering the energy marketplace and emerging customer demand for more information about their consumption habits are pushing utilities to the limit. To help navigate this revolution, Black & Veatch today released its new new ebook, “Digital Electricity.” It analyzes the changing landscape and offers a roadmap for utilities seeking to harness this new energy culture. In the free download, Black & Veatch explains how we’ve arrived at a digitally-driven grid, and considers the factors that shape how utilities serve customers – from the data that informs the monthly bill to the next-generation automation devices that will help grid managers accommodate the rising influx of green power sources. The latest in a series of ebooks aimed at fast-tracking information on trends affecting power providers, “Digital Electricity” explores how utilities that use monitoring and automation technologies can unlock new efficiencies while maintaining security, and how utilities can profitably digitize their systems. With sections on communications networks, meeting customer expectations, distributed generation, distribution automation, operations, and data science, the book offers perspective that power providers can use to shape a grid that’s resilient and revenue-friendly, and capable of meeting customer demand. “Change is happening across industries, but the electric grid is undergoing its most transformational shift in history. Utilities are replacing conventional generation with flexible energy resources,” said Jeff Mehlin, Associate Vice President of Private Networks for Black & Veatch’s telecommunications business. “This requires a dynamic, reactive network to respond to fluctuating power requirements in real-time, while ensuring reliability, efficiency, and security.” Editor’s notes: Please click here to download “Digital Electricity” Black & Veatch’s other ebooks examine 5G networks and autonomous vehicles. Media Contact Information: CHRISTOPHER CLARK | +1 913-458-2778 P | +1 816-674-0572 M | clarkca@BV.com24-HOUR MEDIA HOTLINE | +1 866-496-9149 0 About Black & Veatch Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building critical human infrastructure in Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Government Services. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management. Our revenues in 2018 were US$3.5 billion. Follow us on www.bv.com and in social media. Related Insights With Grid Modernization, Utilities Poised For Most Visible Transformation 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. Designing Mines with Water in Mind Climate change, a growing global population and accelerating urbanization are deepening concern over the world’s water security. FLNG Solutions Prove To Be Much More Than Potential It was roughly a decade ago when the initial introduction of floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) solutions sought to help bring uneconomic gas reserves offshore, such as those in remote locations, to the market. Over the past few years, however, we’ve watched as offshore FLNG capabilities have moved closer to the mainland, offering a very flexible and economical solution to operators looking to offload their supply around the world. Four Big Trends in Gas-to-Power Hold Promise for U.S. Market Major energy shifts are afoot, and the United States will play a critical role going forward. The EIA projects that by 2022, the U.S. will become a net energy exporter, according to its newly released Annual Energy Outlook 2018. For natural gas, this shift will happen even earlier, around 2020, the EIA says. Market Strives to Deliver Over Pipeline Challenges As if the persistent low-price environment wasn’t enough, rampant natural gas production in the Appalachian and Permian Basins is ramping up concern that pipeline take-away capacity can’t keep up. This comes as the United States natural gas industry prepares to enter one of its strongest growth periods to date, driven by increasing global demand for low cost natural gas supplies and growing domestic demand for cleaner energy sources.