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Revamping Ammonia Plants for Lower Emissions & High Efficiency
Revamping Ammonia Plants for Lower Emissions & High Efficiency
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A large number of ammonia plants currently in operation are more than 50 years old. Given the technological advances over the last couple of decades, plant operators now have the opportunity to implement new technologies  to increase capacity and/or increase energy efficiency.
2020 Strategic Directions: Electric Report
Ratemaking, Capital Investments Reflect Growing Renewable Energy Trends
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The cost of solar and wind continue to fall while consumers demand more low carbon energy, driving U.S. electric utilities to broaden their portfolio of cleaner generation.

Engineering drives next-generation solar power in Southeast Asia
Engineering drives next-generation solar power in Southeast Asia
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Mitesh Patel, Business Development Director & Associate Vice President, Renewable Energy, Asia, speaks to Uma Gupta of  pv magazine about the key trends driving the solar market, especially in Southeast Asia, and strategies to improve the bankability of PV projects.

 

2020 Strategic Directions: Electric Report
As the Stack Tilts Towards Distributed Energy, Utilities Boost Investment
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There is no denying the rise of distributed energy resources (DER) as policy makers, regulators, environmentalists and the public sector press for decarbonization, resiliency, energy independence and sustainability. As this distributed market grows at an accelerating pace, both behind and in front of the meter, the electric utility industry faces questions around what a distributed grid landscape will look like and the challenges it presents in terms of their role, business model, revenue, margins and asset management as the market develops and matures.

Strategic Directions: Electric Industry Asia 2021
Resilient, affordable and green: Asia’s electric industry must balance multiple factors post pandemic
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"How" is the big question facing the electric industry across Asia as we look ahead to 2021 and a world post-COVID-19.

Over the past 20 years, considerable progress has been made towards achieving universal, reliable and affordable access to electric power. Whether the region will enable the transition to less carbon-intensive energy sources — principally through a step-change in the amount of renewable energy generation on the grid — is a question that will challenge all parties in the months ahead.

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Pre-Project Planning & Project Feasibility Identify Greater Efficiencies Across Ammonia Production
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As large consumers of power, water and other critical resources, fertilizer plants worldwide are searching for low-cost solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase usage of carbon-free technologies and minimize water consumption.
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How Data-Driven Solutions are Adding Scale and Speed to Environment Consulting
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Environmental assessment, permitting and planning processes are using big data to accelerate infrastructure development and significantly reduce project development costs.
2020 Strategic Directions: Electric Report
Coronavirus Presents New Challenges for Energy Sector’s Cybersecurity Implementation
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The COVID-19 pandemic threw a wrench into the power utility sector’s cybersecurity planning, leaving North American electric utility leaders facing the challenge of securing the grid against the growing threat of cyberattacks while meeting profound changes in energy use.

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Strategic Directions: Electric Industry Asia 2021
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Black & Veatch’s first-ever formal report dedicated to the Electric Industry in Asia explores how we are facing into uncertain times in 2021. The industry is challenged by concerns over financial constraints and operational disruption from a global pandemic while buoyed by opportunities to integrate more renewable energy and optimism around emerging sustainable technologies from battery energy storage to hydrogen power.
2020 Strategic Directions: Electric Report
A Rapidly Evolving Energy Landscape Paints a New Scenario for Distribution Needs
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The global energy landscape is changing rapidly, and the shift towards a smarter, more sustainable, reliable and resilient grid is occurring at an accelerating rate. Huge changes are needed in the nation’s power distribution infrastructure to deliver a modern network that is advanced enough to meet today’s rapidly changing expectations, yet flexible enough to one day enable a range of next-gen capabilities.

Prioritizing Data to Improve Asset Risk Mitigation
Prioritizing Data to Improve Asset Risk Mitigation
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The adage that experience is the best teacher is certainly true when it pertains to asset management and the need for risk mitigation. Unfortunately, in the case of utilities, learning from experience can be the result of one or more catastrophic failures that put people and property in jeopardy and interrupt normal service to customers.
2020 Strategic Directions: Electric Report
Electric Industry Rethinks its Generation Portfolios With Eye Toward Renewables, Hydrogen
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Illustrating how U.S. electric utilities are rethinking their power generation portfolio mixes, Florida Power & Light Co.’s corporate parent presented itself as a trailblazer in an evolving industry where once-dominant coal spirals out of favor, ceding to cleaner, greener options.

2020 Strategic Directions: Electric Report
As Power Industry Evolves, Regulatory Uncertainty Abounds
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In a perfect world, one of the power industry’s great advantages should be the degree of certainty in its business activities. This is readily acknowledged on the regulated side of the business, where a rate case — win or lose — results in greater certainty, at least in the short-term, for both electric utilities and their customers. And even in unregulated parts of the business, fixed costs are relatively stable and customer demand doesn’t materialize or disappear overnight the way it can in other industries such as retail or travel.

2020 Strategic Directions: Electric Report
With or Without a Regulatory Nudge, Decarbonization Planning Must Begin Now
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The soaring use of renewables and DER are reshaping the electric utility industry as consumers and other stakeholders clamor for cleaner, decarbonized sources of power. Power utilities around the globe are rethinking their generation portfolio with a keener focus on ridding their operations of planet-warming emissions.

2020 Strategic Directions: Electric Report
Emerging Technologies Gaining Mindshare in Power Generation
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A shift to increased distributed generation, efforts to modernize the U.S. grid, and a transition to reducing harmful emissions are posing the greatest challenges for the power sector, as the industry evolves in a market driven by demands for enhanced efficiency, reliability and cleaner power supply.

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