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2020 Strategic Directions: Electric Report
From Wildfires to COVID-19 and Grid Instability, Challenges Impact Capital Planning, Plant Betterment
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COVID-19. Negative oil pricing. Wildfires. Grid instability. Rolling Blackouts. Global energy market shocks. These are just a few of the disruptive forces facing owners and operators of traditional power generation assets. For asset owners on the edge of the dispatch curve, rapidly changing regulatory requirements and consumer preferences further cloud capital planning programs as 2020 kicked off a market in transition. 

Converting LNG Import Terminals to Ammonia Import Terminals
Converting LNG Import Terminals to Ammonia Import Terminals
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From Black & Veatch's recently release Hybrid LNG & Ammonia Infrastructure: Key to a Green Economy eBook, this section discusses the optimum design for converting an LNG import facility to an ammonia storage, regasification and send-out facility with minimum required modification.
Grid Modernization: Private LTE Networks May Provide the Key
Grid Modernization: Private LTE Networks May Provide the Key
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There is no denying that rapid change is afoot across the power industry. Demand for energy continues to grow, generation techniques are increasingly efficient and cost-effective, and innovative practices are becoming the norm. Solar and wind continue to be introduced at accelerating rates to satisfy burgeoning global needs.

2020 Strategic Directions: Electric Report
Electric Transportation: Getting Out of First Gear
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Across the nation, the drive to electrify transportation is shifting into high gear, with further acceleration expected as market participants increasingly see electric vehicles (EVs) as a gateway to sizable business benefits.

Hybrid LNG & Ammonia Infrastructure: Key to a Green Economy
Hybrid LNG & Ammonia Infrastructure: Key to a Green Economy
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As the world continues to shift towards decarbonization in chemical production, and strong market demand drives the transition to carbon-free energies, ammonia’s role in the green energy economy continues to expand. Best known for its traditional role in fertilizer production, ammonia is gaining attention in other applications.

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.

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