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.
There is no doubt that advanced communication networks are changing how we interact with data, technology and one another. New levels of connectivity are giving us the ability to create, share and analyze information, creating layers of input and insight that deepen our experiences, making them richer, more tangible and more valuable than ever before. This has never been more apparent than during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is driving entire communities to move their lives online, from classes to doctor appointments to the 9-5 workday.
Today’s changing energy landscape is driving organizations to reexamine how they approach, use and manage electricity. With renewables playing a rising role in the power mix, we’re seeing sweeping changes in how electricity is produced, introducing new opportunities for stakeholders to embrace low- or zero-carbon energy systems.
Amid climate change and growing urbanization, Asia Pacific’s water networks are getting more complex and extensive. Increasing incidences of extreme weather that changes rainfall patterns, affecting rainfall availability and distribution, are one aspect of climate change that regional water leaders are addressing.
How will Southeast Asia’s* electric utility market evolve as it emerges from the fall out and impact of COVID-19 on the global economy? Already facing what was predicted as moderate GDP growth rates and a slowdown in the growth of demand for electricity, the region could also be coping with increased pressure to lower electricity rates and sustained pressure to broaden the energy mix, transitioning to cleaner forms of generation.
In mid-February 2020 Nick Ellins, then chief executive of Energy & Utility Skills, wrote that the UK utility sector “faces the tightest labour market and competition for talent on record in what is deemed a time of ‘economic full employment’ by HM Treasury.”
Transportation in the U.S. is rapidly becoming more sustainable, competitive and innovative. Encouraged by new advances in electric trucks, vans and buses, fleet and sustainability managers are turning away from the combustion engine, lured by the promise of zero emissions, cost savings on maintenance and fuel, and improved driver safety.
It’s an exciting time with digital transformation gaining pace, a renewed appetite for innovation, and the opening up of the sector to tech start-ups. Against this backdrop, is there a chance that customers of bigger water companies — with more to invest in innovation — enjoy better outcomes, better customer experience, than customers of smaller, less affluent water companies?
Black & Veatch’s 2020 Strategic Directions: Smart Utilities survey polled more than 625 qualified utility, municipal, commercial and community stakeholders to investigate the issues and complexities of the changing utility landscape. Now, this survey data is being made available to the public.
Finding more water sources is no longer enough. The future rests in smart strategies that reuse what we’ve already got. Faced with the specter of climate change and increasingly extreme weather events, an expanding portfolio of water reuse strategies as a sustainability goal is becoming the norm for water utilities.
Communities and service providers across the globe are working to manage challenges associated with the global pandemic. Although the construction of critical infrastructure and facilities are generally deemed essential, project managers are experiencing an uptick in noise complaints as more professionals work from home. To foster stronger community relationships and keep projects on schedule, here are some common complaints and guidance you can use to mitigate them:
The EPA describe excessive nutrients in our waters as one of America’s most pervasive, costly and challenging problems. Responses to Black & Veatch’s 2020 Strategic Directions: Water Report survey show that wastewater utilities are actively working to improve effluent quality and meet regulatory requirements.
Southeast Asia is set for a new phase of solar power development, driven by a convergence of low interest rates and available liquidity as we emerge from COVID-19, alongside decreasing costs of technology and new opportunities to leap forward through advanced engineering.
To further the development of tidal energy as a commercially viable source of renewable power, lessons learnt from MeyGen Phase 1A are being shared in a new assessment authored by Black & Veatch’s marine energy team. This article shares some of the findings of overall significance to the maturation of tidal energy.
Electric utilities are turning towards advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) technology as they work to transform and enhance utility operations, asset management and customer service. The benefits of AMI are well-known. But today, utilities now face a myriad of choices when it comes to evaluating their AMI investments.
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