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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 Natural Gas Report

13 November 2018

As the world continues to invest in the adoption of greener energy options, the outlook for natural gas has never been more positive. This year’s Strategic Directions: Natural Gas Report explores the progress made by the industry as natural gas broadens its footprint around the globe. Shifts in the global market are influencing production, while complex geopolitics impact operations. Developers are ramping up investment in liquefied natural gas, but more infrastructure is needed to support this growth. Learn more in this year’s report.

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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.

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.

2017 Smart City/Smart Utility Report

Black & Veatch’s 2017 Strategic Directions: Smart City/Smart Utility Report measures the progress made by communities and utilities on the path toward smarter and more livable cities.

2016 Natural Gas Industry Report

Black & Veatch’s 2016 Strategic Directions: Natural Gas Industry Report reflect a convincingly positive outlook for future growth and details how the industry is tackling challenges both new and evergreen.

2016 Electrical Industry Report

Black & Veatch’s 2016 Strategic Directions: Electrical Industry Report examines how electric industry services providers are applying lessons from the past to identify and manage emerging challenges and opportunities.

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.

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.

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