“The assessments cover all forms of renewable electricity generation in the UK: onshore and offshore wind, solar, biomass/biofuels, and includes off-grid sites as well as sites with energy storage. The depth, and distribution, of our UK renewables expertise makes us ideally suited to completing this diverse range of technical audits,” commented Robbie Gibson, Black & Veatch’s new director for renewable energy in the UK. As the UK continues to reduce coal and gas generation capacity, developing an ecosystem to foster viable renewable energy generation is vital. Ensuring that the RO and FIT schemes are functioning properly is central to this strategy – which is why the Renewable Electricity Generator Audits are important. Black & Veatch has been entrusted to deliver more than 900 audits for the last six years; the latest round is likely to encompass more than 500 sites throughout the UK. “Winning the latest Renewable Electricity Generator Audits contract demonstrates continued confidence in our capabilities across the renewable energy spectrum. Among the areas we see growing in significance are helping clients optimise performance of existing wind and solar assets,” added Gibson. Editor's Notes: Globally, Black & Veatch has supported the development of 25 gigawatts (GW) of solar energy and 26 GW of wind energy. Black & Veatch and MWH joint venture MBV Energy Recovery recently completed the design/build contract for a 21.5 MW (megawatts) waste-to-energy renewable energy plant at Ince Park, Cheshire. Media Contact: MALCOLM HALLSWORTH | +44 1737 856594 p | +44 7920 701764 m | HallsworthM@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. Global Renewables: From Utah to the United Nations, Renewables Power Up From C-suites and state capitals to international governments and the United Nations, leaders of the world’s most influential economies are codifying the role of renewables in an increasingly sustainable power generation mix. On the government side, leaders in China, Europe and elsewhere are on a growing list of American states in setting ambitious renewable portfolio standards (RPS) targets. 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.