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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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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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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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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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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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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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Five Steps to a Successful NERC-CIP Low-Impact Assessment
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Recognizing the growing threat that cyber-attacks pose to the national power grid, the U.S. federal government is working to strengthen its protection of our critical infrastructure. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. utility sector faces millions of attempted cyber intrusions per day.
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Smart Infrastructure Can Unlock Water Efficiency in Mining
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Water management is a critical part of any mining operation, and the impact and cost of mismanagement are becoming increasingly high as miners are held to a stricter level of accountability by stakeholders. Missteps in water management not only increase a mine’s power and operational costs, but they can do irreparable harm to a mining company’s reputation.
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Asian Data Centres: Six Steps to a Successful Investment
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Asia accounts for a quarter of global data centre investments. The region is expected to be the fastest growing data centre market during the next five years. India is Asia’s second fastest growing data centre market, behind China. 
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From Drones to Senders: Innovation Gaining Sway Among Electric Utility Leaders
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With their infrastructure graying and renewable energy posing growing threats to their customer bases and bottom lines, electric utilities are awakening to the power afforded by dynamic advances in construction, from the deployment of drones to innovative construction practices.

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