Related Insights The Data to Water Connection 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. Water Meets "New Energy": Surging Renewables Has Utilities Eyeing Alternative Power Sources 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. 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. Related Project Stories DIY Approach Makes Water Treatment Safer for Hong Kong Citizens The Hong Kong Water Supplies Department is bringing more clean drinking water to its citizens in much safer ways. Ultimately, the department set out to double the Tai Po Water Treatment Works’ production. Achieving that goal was an amazing feat in itself, but the department saw beyond the infrastructure to boldly address the equally complex challenge of safe and sustainable treatment. Lifting the Burdens of Capital Improvement Programs For more than 20 years, Black & Veatch worked with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utility Commission to upgrade its wastewater treatment system on a project-by-project basis. There were many short-term wins, but resilience dated master plan made the long-term a bit less clear. The real win, and biggest cost savings, required a different approach. Industrial Wastewater Treatment Keeps Power Facilities Compliant A large utility located in the Midwest needed to build a low volume wastewater (LVW) treatment system to improve to two of its coal-burning plants necessitated by the Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) rule. Pilot Plant Cleans, Repurposes Water from Oil Recovery Operations With water already at a premium in a stubbornly parched region of the United States, a global oil giant had sustainability in mind when it searched for ways to clean and repurpose water produced as a byproduct of one of its enhanced oil recovery operations. Integrated Waste Management Facility to set new Global Standards Innovative long-term planning and advanced engineering at the upcoming Integrated Waste Management Facility (IWMF) in Singapore will enable the island nation reap the benefits of energy and resource recovery maximisation for years to come.