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 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. When Water is the Product, How Do We Afford Sustainability? Regardless of industry or product, the effective use of water carries huge weight for plant operators and other decision-makers who must pit emerging social calls for sustainability against the money on hand to make it happen. Renewables Surge, Changing Policies Expected to Drive Investment in Transmission Surging growth in renewables and efforts to increase resilience will drive millions of dollars in new transmission investment over the next five years, according to Black & Veatch’s 2019 Strategic Directions: Electric Report survey. Survey results found that 37 percent of respondents see renewables as the top driver in new investment, followed by resilience and reliability (28 percent). As More Fleets Electrify, Standing on the Sidelines Not an Option for Utilities As electrification of fleets emerges as the next frontier in the EV market, Joe Halso — legal counsel for the environmental advocate Sierra Club — lauded Minnesota regulators and electric utility giant Xcel Energy for refusing to stay on the sidelines. Executive Summary Rising demand for clean and sustainable energy has made this one of the most dynamic and exciting moments in the history of power supply. It's also one of the most vexing: Across diverse geographies, and even more diverse stakeholders, there are both opportunities and deep challenges to meeting the social and economic goals tied to the reliable, resilient supply of quality power.