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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.
2020 Strategic Directions: Electric Report
Buildout of Renewables Drives Effort to Harden, Digitize Transmission Assets
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As the U.S. electric industry increasingly is being driven by decarbonization and its related impacts on the traditional grid, the expansion of renewable energy is changing how investment dollars are allocated across the system. With it comes a particularly challenging issue: how does this change ripple back to the multibillion-dollar buildout of renewable generation?

2020 Strategic Directions Electric Report
Executive Summary: As the Power Sector Transforms, Opportunities Rest with Embrace of Renewables, Modernization
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From the Atlantic Coast of the U.S. to Asia and all parts of the world, evolution of the global electric industry has been rapid, relentless and most certainly complex.

Build the Fourth Utility
Build the Fourth Utility
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The “new normal” has become a common phrase during the current COVID-19 pandemic. As individuals are forced to move their lives online, the pandemic accelerates the trends that are already driving the digital economy. As Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently observed, “We’ve seen two years’ worth of digital transformation in two months.” 
Is better, integrated planning the global water industry’s emerging challenge?
Is better, integrated planning the global water industry’s emerging challenge?
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As we face a new decade, hampered by the maelstrom and uncertainty of COVID-19, and inspired by a renewed drive to create a more sustainable world and circular economy, will integrated water planning emerge as the most pressing issue facing the global water industry? In a recent webinar poll attended by almost 500 water leaders from every continent of the world, integrated planning emerged as the top issue facing us today.
Future-proofing Gas Generation on the Road to Decarbonization
Future-proofing Gas Generation on the Road to Decarbonization
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Based on its emissions profile and flexibility, not to mention its cost, natural gas will remain a component of the fuel mix in the United States for the foreseeable future. Not only does it effectively complement solar and wind power, but as technology continues to improve, we see natural gas becoming even more efficient and as a result, is destined to become even cleaner in the future.

Five Reasons Why Battery Storage Will Take Off
Five Reasons Why Battery Storage Will Take Off
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One of the noticeable effects of worldwide efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has been improved air quality, particularly in urban areas. Stay-at-home orders and a decrease in global travel have been cited as driving down emissions and pollution but attributing all these improvements to behavioral changes can be somewhat misleading.

Decarbonization
If Decarbonization is the Moon Shot, How Do We Build the Rocket Ship?
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In the early 1960s, life was pretty simple, continuing much the same as it had for decades. There were shiny new automobiles and new music, airplanes flew nonstop across the oceans, and new buildings became taller and more impressive. But few people had yet dreamed of space travel. Going to the moon was the stuff of popular science fiction, albeit a fascinating idea.

Powering Data Centers with Natural Gas Whitepaper
Powering Data Centers with Natural Gas: A Report on the Benefits of Natural Gas for Data Center Backup Power
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Increasingly dynamic and reaching monumental scale in size and complexity, data centers are using record levels of power. Resilient, sustainable alternatives for emergency backup power is one way data centers are working towards greener operations.

One alternative, natural gas, is gaining attention.

Bolstering LNG
Bolstering LNG bunkering capabilities to support rise in LNG-powered marine vessels
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For those in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) business, the term “bunkering” has been a relatively recent addition to our vocabulary, but we’re hearing it a lot.   In the past year, Black & Veatch has worked on three different projects, at different stages of development, to support new LNG bunkering infrastructure.
Navigating Decarbonization in Mining
Navigating Decarbonization in Mining
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Mirroring the evolution of the Industrial Revolution, the journey of scientific exploration of climate change issues began in the early 19th century. A hundred years later, in the 1930s, Thomas Edison voiced concerns about climate change and highlighted the need for renewable energy. Another century later, the need for action to address global climate change is as pressing as ever.

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