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Topics span power generation, transmission, distributed energy and asset management, all designed to help you stay informed on the latest trends and topics influencing the dynamic industry we work in every day.

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Considerations for Hybrid Renewable Generation Plus Battery Energy Storage Projects

Considerations for Hybrid Renewable Generation Plus Battery Energy Storage Projects
 

Hybrid power generation systems integrate renewable electricity generation with energy storage as a grid asset. However, the path to an optimal technology balance can be complex and very project-specific. Developers of these projects must navigate through a wide variety of locational criteria and technology options to achieve a best-fit design and operational strategy. This session will review the current market and development trends in wind, solar and energy storage technology; then discuss the advantages, technical considerations and future implications for the addition of battery energy storage to solar and wind-based renewable power generation projects.

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The Distribution System Battery Energy Storage System (BESS): Planning and Applications

The Distribution System Battery Energy Storage System (BESS): Planning and Applications
 

Distributed Energy Resources (DER) such as customer sited generation and electric vehicles are rapidly changing the landscape of utility distribution systems. This webinar will discuss the application of BESS at the distribution system level, and illustrate, with case studies, what a BESS can and can’t do. The discussion will also include planning and design studies needed for BESS implementation.
 

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Offshore Wind - Industry Overview, Challenges and Lessons Learned

Offshore Wind - Industry Overview, Challenges and Lessons Learned
 

Offshore wind has now become a mature commercial sector and is growing exponentially in many markets. The World Bank recently reported a technical potential of 15.6 TW of offshore wind power. This would be based on operations at a capacity factor of 50% and would satisfy half of the world's energy needs. As the world recovers from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, the "new normal" cannot be business as usual with respect to carbon emissions. Given its commercial viability and ability to be deployed at scale, offshore wind power will play a meaningful role in delivering the recovery from the current crisis.
 

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The Quest for Savings & Sustainability Through On-Site Solar

The Quest for Savings & Sustainability Through On-Site Solar

Over the past decade we’ve seen how on-site solar has become an efficient, low-risk approach to achieving energy and sustainability objectives. This webinar uses real-time audience responses to discover how investing in on-site power programs, and alternative project and program types, help cut operational costs, improve the health of a business, and engage with all stakeholders. Each audience choice leads to real-world examples from projects with a variety of corporate and utility clients.
 

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EPC Best Practice Before, During COVID-19 and Beyond

Those energy project leaders involved with Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) practices are dealing with a myriad of issues brought on by the coronavirus: Schedule delays, workplace distancing issues, supply chain impacts and new ways of writing contracts. Contractors and their utility partners must deal with the cybersecurity challenges, considering the remote nature of planning work in this new era. Beyond COVID-19, EPCs and utilities are navigating new paths and new types of generation projects. How do RFPs for utility-scale wind and energy storage projects address gaps between full and partial wrap? Summer weather-fire dangers? What are key differences between EPC for renewables vs. conventional thermal plants? And, with the former, how do contractors and project leaders handle reverse flow issues?

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zeroing emissions

Zeroing on Emissions
 

Explore the decarbonization technology solutions that play key roles in the management of carbon emissions and when specific technologies are projected to go mainstream. This webinar also explores how the industry can better utilize existing and new technologies to meet the growing demands of the “green and clean” future, and touches on related value-add opportunities. Each of these topics is considered in the context of solar, wind, microgrids, distributed networks, energy storage, low carbon fuels (e.g., RNG and hydrogen), point source carbon capture, direct air capture, carbon utilization and sequestration, tax credits, and more.

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Renewable Integration for Transmission Systems

Renewable Integration for Transmission Systems


A review of the process of interconnecting renewable generation to the transmission system, planning and execution considerations to meet interconnect requirements, anticipated transmission grid constraints with additional renewable generation and planning considerations as they pertain to renewable plant equipment. 

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State of the Grid in America

State of the Grid in America
 

We teamed up with the McChrystal Group to discuss the state of the utility industry, both within a COVID-19 context and beyond. This webinar features a keynote from GEN (Ret.) Stan McChrystal, as well as a panel of industry leaders that includes our own Vice President and Global Head of Distributed Energy Jeremy Klingel.

The webinar addresses the uncertainty in the distributed energy space caused by the COVID-19 outbreak and how the industry is adapting to remote and disrupted work-flows to provide reliable, resilient electricity.

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Best Practices for Remote Monitoring and Data Analytics

Best Practices for Remote Monitoring and Data Analytics


Joseph Lauth, Asset Management Engineer for Black & Veatch’s Global Distributed Energy business, and William (Buddy) Lemasters, Electrical Support and ASSET360® Monitoring Manager at Longview Power, cover best practices for a successful Monitoring & Diagnostics Program and share a few of the “good finds” identified from their work at Longview Power, one of the newest, most efficient and cleanest coal-fired power plants in the United States.

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Hot Topics When Considering Solar PV and Battery Energy Storage Projects

Hot Topics When Considering Solar PV and Battery Energy Storage Projects

 

A discussion on current topics that are being considered when planning, developing, and implementing solar PV and battery energy storage projects. Specifically, they will be diving into considerations for the adoption of bi-facial PV module technology on solar PV project design and performance, and the addition of battery energy storage to solar-based renewable power generation projects.

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Site Analysis in the Cloud

Site Analysis in the Cloud
 

Black & Veatch is working in new ways and forming new partnerships to exceed client expectations. We won't allow the current conditions to slow us down. And, we’ll continue to deliver high quality work. Through our partnership with technology vendors such as Pivvot, we’re finding new and innovative ways to meet client needs. During our webinar, we share best practices for site analysis, address common pitfalls, and demonstrate how we’re conducting “virtual site analyses” for new transmission routes and distributed energy sites.

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Responses to the EPA's Affordable Clean Energy Rule

 

An analysis of Heat Rate Improvement (HRI) as the Best System of Emission Reduction (BSER), and review the six “candidate technologies” and several recommended operating practices to achieve the BSER.
 

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Planning Considerations for Underground Transmission Lines

Planning Considerations for Underground Transmission Lines

 

An analysis of the planning process for underground transmission lines, critical considerations that affect project budget and schedule, the permitting process, procurement approaches, and risk arrangement. 

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