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Whole-Systems Modernization: A Data-Driven Approach to Asset Performance Management
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Driven by a desire for increased monitoring, control and automation, improved reliability and efficiency, and a need to integrate DER, utilities are working to bring a massive new array of assets online in the distribution space.
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How are the Largest U.S. Cities Managing Rising Costs for Water and Sewer Services?
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Understanding key industry priorities and investment drivers can help stormwater utility managers balance the diverse and complex financial, regulatory and community needs involved in stormwater management.
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Private Wireless Networks: Catalysts for Grid Modernization
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The electric grid is undergoing the most significant transformation in its history, with digital technologies and devices being pushed to the edge to support dynamic, two-way power requirements in real-time while also ensuring reliability, efficiency and security.
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NERC CIP Low-Impact Compliance Drives Opportunity to Improve Operational Technology Security
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According to DHS, U.S. utilities face down millions of attempted cyberattacks every day. Recognizing the threat these attacks pose to the national power grid, federal regulators actively are working to strengthen protections.
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Modernization Plans Target DER-Ready Distribution Systems
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Here's a bit of irony: The key drivers of the investments that utilities are making in distribution system modernization stem from assets that utilities often don't own. In this case, we're talking about distributed energy resources such as rooftop solar arrays, electric vehicle sand battery energy storage systems.
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With Grid Modernization, Utilities Poised For Most Visible Transformation
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As generation, transmission and distribution technologies continue to rapidly evolve, Black & Veatch’s 2019 Strategic Directions: Smart Utilities Report finds that utilities are on the cusp of their most visible transformation in more than a century.
Utilities are under immense pressure in the pursuit of maximum uptime and resilience as well as enhanced power quality and lowered carbon footprints. New services are being demanded by customers and new and divergent forms of energy are testing the flexibility and capacity of their networks. Additionally, smart devices and cloud-based computing are creating and moving data in staggering amounts and speeds — all while creating numerous new pathways for cyber vulnerability.
Grid Modernization Will Require Active, Holistic Network Management
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Utilities are under immense pressure in the pursuit of maximum uptime and resilience as well as enhanced power quality and lowered carbon footprints. New services are being demanded by customers and new and divergent forms of energy are testing the flexibility and capacity of their networks.
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Grid Edge Becomes the Center of Next-Generation Utilities
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Digital technology and networks are breathing life into utilities’ aging distribution systems just as distributed energy resources (DER) and renewable energy are challenging traditional business models and centralized generation.
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Digital Water
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There's huge potential to reap the benefits of the digital water future, no matter what stage of the journey you are on. Leading figures in the industry discuss the possibilities and the pitfalls.
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Designing Mines with Water in Mind
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Climate change, a growing global population and accelerating urbanization are deepening concern over the world’s water security. From floods to droughts, too much water to not enough, there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight for the world’s continuing water woes.
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Four Big Trends in Gas-to-Power Hold Promise for U.S. Market
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Major energy shifts are afoot, and the United States will play a critical role going forward. The EIA projects that by 2022, the U.S. will become a net energy exporter, according to its newly released Annual Energy Outlook 2018. For natural gas, this shift will happen even earlier, around 2020, the EIA says.
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Southeast Asia's Journey Toward a Cleaner Energy Future
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Strong economic growth, low gas prices and environmental goals are transforming natural gas demand in Southeast Asia.
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FLNG Solutions Prove To Be Much More Than Potential
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Over the past few years, we’ve watched as offshore FLNG capabilities have moved closer to the mainland, offering a very flexible and economical solution to operators looking to offload their supply around the world.
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Market Strives to Deliver Over Pipeline Challenges
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As if the persistent low-price environment wasn’t enough, rampant natural gas production in the Appalachian and Permian Basins is ramping up concern that pipeline take-away capacity can’t keep up.
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Liquefied Natural Gas Continues Growth Trajectory While Challenges Linger
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In the United States, it’s become somewhat of a modern gold rush: drillers racing to free deeply trapped natural gas to quench rising global demand, fueled by an accelerating migration away from coal and the desire for cleaner-burning, greener energy options.

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