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Mitigating Risks in Utility Ratemaking
Mitigating Risks in Utility Ratemaking
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Throughout their lifetimes, a vital activity for utilities is the periodic filing of rate cases. The key word here is “periodic,” as utilities may go several years or even a decade between rate cases. That can make it a major ordeal when the time does arrive for the utility to approach the state utility regulatory commission or municipal board and plead its case. In short, it can be a very intense and nerve-racking process.
Reservoir Storage Needs Will Increase as World Population Grows
Reservoir Storage Needs Will Increase as World Population Grows
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With thousands around the globe, dams play an integral part in providing the world with irrigation, hydropower, flood control and water supply. In tackling water scarcity challenges, the role of dams and the reservoirs they create is intertwined with the broader portfolio of solutions for watershed planning and water management.
Electric Utilities Must Prepare for New Roles in the Smart City Transformation
Electric Utilities Must Prepare for New Roles in the Smart City Transformation
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Electric utilities are facing a need and opportunity to transform their business due to the bidirectional nature of distributed generation and energy storage. This is just one of several fundamental changes that the smart cities movement is driving to reshape how fundamental services are delivered and managed.
Three Common Myths about Public-Private Partnerships
Three Common Myths about Public-Private Partnerships
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In the recently released Strategic Directions: U.S. Water Industry report, Black & Veatch reported three myths that surround public-private partnerships (PPPs):  
EPA's Efforts to Combat Climate Change Moving to the Oil and Gas Industry
EPA's Efforts to Combat Climate Change Moving to the Oil and Gas Industry
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan, which seeks to curb carbon dioxide (CO2 ) emissions from power plants, has gotten considerable news coverage recently
Conversion to LNG Necessary For Marine Industry
Conversion to LNG Necessary For Marine Industry
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Efforts to convert shipping vessels to LNG are advancing rapidly across the marine industry. There are approximately 40 marine vessels (not counting LNG dual-fuel carriers) in use today currently powered by LNG. This number is expected to grow exponentially, to 1,800 vessels by 2020. While emissions regulations are the primary catalyst for the change, the bottom-line benefits of LNG as a fuel source are also propelling the switch.
The Risks of Aging Infrastructure and the Value of Asset Management
The Risks of Aging Infrastructure and the Value of Asset Management
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IT’S NO SECRET – infrastructure in locations around the world isn’t getting any younger. Population growth and migration, urbanization and climate change put further strains on the assets required to deliver clean water, dispose of wastewater and provide needed electricity.
ISO Certification Delivers Tangible Benefits
ISO Certification Delivers Tangible Benefits
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Earning ISO certification is a major accomplishment for a company. The designation instills confidence that the ISO-certified supplier provides services that meet wide international acceptance and can back up its claims about quality. After all, ISO 9000 is a globally recognized standard for quality management systems that is maintained by the International Organization for Standardization.
How to Evaluate Manufacturer Throughput Claims for Wireless Radio Data
How to Evaluate Manufacturer Throughput Claims for Wireless Radio Data
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Wireless data radio manufacturers are not unlike data networking equipment manufacturers in that they all claim to have the fastest data transmission speeds and lowest latency. Each will boast their unique design is superior and faster than everyone else’s. But experienced networking professionals know that such performance claims are based on artificial laboratory conditions using minimally configured boxes, fed with simple, repetitive data streams
Sweating The Smallest of Details In COLA Submissions
Sweating The Smallest of Details In COLA Submissions
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When the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) first published regulations to combine the construction license and operating license of nuclear new-build plants into a single permit, the process of preparing a submittal represented a moving target, to say the least.
Utilities Should Incorporate Asset Management into PPP Models
Utilities Should Incorporate Asset Management into PPP Models
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Water and wastewater utilities considering the use of public-private partnerships (PPP) often express concerns that such arrangements could lead to rate increases and diminished service. However, it is possible to provide ratepayer safeguards and allow reasonable returns on private investments under PPP models through the implementation of an asset management framework.
Is Biomass Conversion Becoming More of a Reality?
Is Biomass Conversion Becoming More of a Reality?
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With the recent EPA proposal concerning strict carbon levels from existing power plants, owners with facilities out of compliance generally have three options – retrofit to meet emissions standards, convert to an alternative fuel or close the plant. While natural gas conversion is a strong option for some plants, another alternative is either biomass co-firing or making a complete biomass conversion. 
Utilities Turn to Fuel Hedging to Reduce Price Risk
Utilities Turn to Fuel Hedging to Reduce Price Risk
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Energy price volatility is the bane of gas and electric utilities. Price spikes will trigger howls of outrage from customers, often with the attendant political fallout. If there is one thing that customers and regulators do not like, it is nasty surprises on the gas or electric bill.
Implementing Pre-Construction Best Practices in Asian Power Projects
Implementing Pre-Construction Best Practices in Asian Power Projects
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Pre-construction best practices should be implemented from the earliest stages of a power project, even when putting together financial packages. In fact, an owner’s or developer’s most important decision in the entire process may rest with the selection of the EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contractor. Experienced owner’s and lenders’ engineers can guide developers in Asia through the financing and bidding process.
Harnessing Asia's Potential to Generate Power from Water
Harnessing Asia's Potential to Generate Power from Water
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A common misconception is that hydropower is limited to schemes that include large-scale dam developments.

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