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.
2022 Water Report
A decade ago, Black & Veatch launched the first of its annual assessments of the U.S. water sector, reporting that aging infrastructure was the industry’s top challenges. That hasn’t changed, unlike so many other things in a sector that has grown increasingly complex. Data – so promising for utilities doing more with less – has gained more attention since 2012, but it’s still not used to its full potential. Climate change – unmentioned in the 2012 report but now driving more frequent wildfires, droughts and flooding that test utility resilience – joins evolving regulations and the race to safeguard assets from cyber predators as formidable issues.
Drawing upon expert analyses of a survey of more than 300 U.S. water industry stakeholders, the 2022 Water Report dives into these issues and many more, giving an overview of what’s changed – and what has not – in an industry with enormous potential to accelerate innovation in strategy, operations and funding.
2022 Megatrends in Power Report
In partnership with Clarion Energy, the 2022 Megatrends in Power report explores the sweeping forces driving a complete repowering of the American power industry and how the industry is addressing the issues that matter most to the communities we serve.
2021 Strategic Directions: Electric Report
The Black & Veatch 2021 Electric Report explores an electric industry continuing a sweeping transformation accelerated by the rising tide of renewable and distributed energy – and the pressing need to integrate them successfully into the grid.
2021 Strategic Directions: Water Report
Based on analyses by more than 200 stakeholders in the U.S. sphere of water and wastewater, the 2021 Strategic Directions: Water Report examines the complex issues and trends impacting today’s water industry. Aging infrastructure and workforce, intensifying natural disasters, and the global COVID-19 pandemic compounded the pressure on utilities to be resilient in their services.
2022 Asia Electric Report
Black & Veatch 2022 Asia Electric Report reveals the single biggest challenge the industry is facing: integrating renewable energy to maintain a resilient and reliable grid. The report also highlights the growing role of new stakeholder influences on the industry, what technologies will receive more investment, and, for the first time, brings in the perspective of large intensive energy customers in Asia.
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.
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