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Strategic Directions Reports

The annual Strategic Directions Report series offers analysis and insights into key issues and trends facing the smart cities and utilities, electric, natural gas, and water utility sectors. Drawing insights from industry leaders from around the globe, we dive into immediate and long-term market needs ranging from asset management and infrastructure financing to resilience planning and data analytics. This annual examination allows Black & Veatch to continually measure industry progress, market shifts and emerging challenges to drive infrastructure transformation, continuing our mission of Building a World of Difference

Featured Report

2019 Electric Report

13 August 2019

It’s one of the most dynamic times in the history of power supply, given such things as rising demand for clean, sustainable energy and electric vehicles. Across diverse geographies, utilities are facing opportunities – and deep challenges – in meeting social and economic goals linked to the reliable, resilient supply of quality power. With expert analyses and results of a survey of nearly 900 electric industry stakeholders, Black & Veatch’s coming 2019 Strategic Directions: Electric Report dissects the changing face of power and why the industry must be nimble and begin in planning necessary upgrades.

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2019 Water Report

Black & Veatch’s 2019 Strategic Directions: Water Report finds that a new culture of data science can extend our water supply to drive sustainability and resilience. Just as manufacturing and industry have embraced the Internet of Things to connect technologies and add value to our daily lives, data “has woven itself into the central fabric of our water economy.”

2018 Water Report

Black & Veatch’s 2018 Water Report dives into issues affecting water providers around the globe. We explore how data and digital analytics are giving operators more actionable information capable of optimizing efficiencies and cutting costs.

2018 Electric Report

The annual Black & Veatch Strategic Directions: Electric Report explores progress made throughout the year across the electric utility landscape. 

2018 Smart Cities & Smart Utilities Report

Black & Veatch's 2018 Smart Cities & Smart Utilities Report shows that the large majority of respondents believe in the transformational power of data to raise quality of life, though questions persist about affordability and planning.

2017 Natural Gas Industry Report

Black & Veatch’s 2017 Strategic Directions: Natural Gas Industry Report explores how organizations are a taking proactive, longer-term approach to planning as projections push a price rebound further into the next decade.

2017 Electrical Industry Report

Black & Veatch’s 2017 Strategic Directions: Electrical Industry Report explores how significant investments in T&D are aimed at meeting demands for renewable energy and shoring up aging infrastructure.

2017 Water Industry Report

Black & Veatch’s 2017 Strategic Directions: Water Industry Report analyzes how political leadership and collaboration can overcome concerns about costs and customer demand.

2019 Natural Gas Report

The annual Black & Veatch Strategic Directions: Natural Gas Report explores the complexities and market dynamics impacting today’s natural gas landscape.

2019 Smart Utilities Report

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.

Current Reports

Our Strategic Directions Reports have been conducted since 2006, working to capture the industry’s viewpoint concerning ongoing issues facing our clients and business partners. In addition to graphical interpretation of survey results, our full reports provide expert analysis, recommendations and actionable intelligence for overcoming the growing challenges facing each industry.