When the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revealed its Clean Power Plan, nuclear energy advocates were greatly puzzled – the proposal called for crediting only 6 percent of existing nuclear power output toward a state’s carbon emissions improvements. That figure has resulted in a wave of protest during the comment period, a point EPA has acknowledged.
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.
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 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.
In January 2014, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published ISO 55001, the new international asset management standard. This new standard is the result of more than three years of development and collaboration among 30 participating countries, including the United States, led by ISO Project Committee 251 (ISO/PC251).
Sustainability – have you ever heard the term and wondered, exactly what does that mean?
The answer, it seems, depends on who you ask. Most definitions describe sustainability in terms of the “triple bottom line” of achieving the proper balance between social, environmental and economic needs, and the ability of our society to meet these needs without impeding the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Smart city collaborations will be shaped or stymied by the formal and informal rules that govern multi-stakeholder partnerships. In the absence of a common vision for smart infrastructure, municipal and federal regulations can be at odds with proposed investment strategies.
The mining industry is increasingly leaning on technological innovation to improve safety, operational efficiencies and performance. With that comes the requirement for extensive and intelligent communications networks, all laying the foundation for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
As water and wastewater utilities are challenged to minimize rate increases while balancing limited budgets – complicated by deferred maintenance, chronic underinvestment and compliance mandates – one solution to consider is the public-private partnership (PPP) model.
Traditionally, mining companies have built their own infrastructure at greenfield sites, and due to necessity, constructed their own supporting “pit to port” infrastructure, including power and water supply schemes, roads and railways. However, as a result of growing cost pressures and increasing capital to build new greenfield operations, a trend is developing, whereby mining companies are seeking opportunities to share resources to save on expenses.
Thermal hydrolysis is an advanced wastewater solids conditioning process that boasts both financial and sustainable environmental advantages. With the process in wide usage across the UK, it is now starting to gain traction in the U.S., as wastewater utilities analyze whether their facilities would make a good candidate.
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