Celebrating women’s achievements in tackling incredible challenges, global International Women’s Day raises awareness about bias and presses for a more gender-neutral world. It’s a mission central to the diversity commitment of Black & Veatch, which recognizes the value and contributions of its women professionals across its spectrum of services, most notably those in an engineering realm where women remain dramatically underrepresented.
Winter came to Texas. In February 2021, sub-freezing temperatures forced the largest power outage in U.S. history, leaving millions without electricity and millions more facing severely disrupted water service as outages crippled critical infrastructure systems throughout the state. The scale of the crisis grew so large that it has reverberated throughout the nation, dominating headlines and raising questions about grid integrity and the interdependence of infrastructure networks that extend far beyond the Lone Star State.
Electric cooperatives (electric co-ops) have historically been recognized as community-focused, working to improve the sustainability and wellbeing of their local and surrounding communities. The tradition of banding together to implement important infrastructure change to improve the life and health of individuals, small businesses and whole towns has been honored in agricultural communities for nearly three centuries.
As the adoption of electrified vehicles races on, Quincy Lee and Elliot Owen – entrepreneurs behind the startup enterprise Electric Era – figure they’re building a better mousetrap when it comes to answering the challenges of charging.
More efficient and sustainable operations have long been goals for utilities, but this has only become more challenging in the era of climate change. Utilities are being tasked with adapting faster than ever while also addressing more frequent extreme weather events, natural disasters, and regulatory structures that often do not keep pace with changing market dynamics. While utilities have varying ESG goals, decarbonization has emerged as a primary effort for many.
Asia’s energy transition is extensive and rapid. Google’s commitment to use excess renewable energy from rooftop solar panels of 500 public housing blocks to power its Singapore operations is a clear indication of the shift to sustainable development. Google has two data centers in Singapore and is constructing a third one.
Leveraging smart infrastructure to enable data-driven utility operations has long been a work in progress, and advancement has been uneven. While many utilities have access to vast amounts of data thanks to deployment of advanced metering infrastructure and sensors across new and legacy assets, only a few early adopters have operationalized the data in a significant way.
Renewable energy is critical to Asia’s future, but delivering on its promise will require a coordinated effort between the energy sector, regulators and other critical stakeholders. In fact, Black & Veatch’s Strategic Directions: Electric Industry Asia 2021 respondents place renewables second among the most-challenging issues facing Asia’s electric industry, just behind uncertainty of investment caused by financial downturn.
Reliable service always has been core to every utility’s mandate, but achieving this is becoming more complex in the face of aging infrastructure and increasingly frequent and intense extreme weather events. As this report was being drafted, the second major hurricane of November (Category 3 or higher) made landfall in Central America as a Category 5 storm, with wind speeds accelerating from Category 1 to Category 4 in just 24 hours over abnormally warm seas. Similarly, wildfires continued to burn in parts of Colorado, months after the historic end to fire season.