Currently, more than 30 percent of utilities say they are not sure how to implement their smart distribution plan. Source: 2018 Strategic Directions: Electric Report Developing a Tailored Grid Modernization Plan A grid modernization roadmap must consider business drivers, societal, environmental and financial objectives, and stakeholder risks. Regulators, investors, operators and customers are all seeking different values from grid investment. The increasing complexity of distribution operations created by the widespread deployment of distributed generation and storage requires new and innovative approaches to planning for the modern grid. New tools, techniques and expertise are all essential to defining a resilient grid that can handle the complexity of evolving customer demands. Contact us to learn more about what we can do for you. 0 Related Insights Amid Climate Change Worries, the Question: What to do With Too Much Water? Unprecedented floodwaters submerged farmlands, wastewater plants and federal Superfund cleanup sites, and more than a million private wells from the Canadian border south to Kentucky were threatened with chemicals, sewage and pathogens. The Data to Water Connection 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. From Internet of Things to Internet of Water: How Integrated Data Can Help Stop "Day Zero" The taps are flowing more freely in Cape Town, one of the world's premier tourist destinations and a cultural center of South Africa. In 2018, Cape Town residents stared down "Day Zero," the moment when the water system – jeopardized by the combination of population growth, drought cycles, aging infrastructure and deferred system improvements – was predicted to literally run dry Water Utilities Urged to Exploit Data, Use Less Guesswork For decades, car manufacturers recommended that vehicles have their engine oil changed at least every 3,000 miles without fail. This was never proven practical, given that such decisions should be based on individual driving style, the conditions and climate – even the type of oil used. But these real-world conditions don't tend to factor into the carmaker's original guidelines. Water Meets "New Energy": Surging Renewables Has Utilities Eyeing Alternative Power Sources As the nexus of water and "new energy" becomes more common in the water sector's lexicon, Black & Veatch's 2019 Strategic Directions: Water Report survey shows that water and wastewater plant operators are embracing "master plans" meant to optimize their energy use. Collaborate with our Grid Modernization Planning team. Complete a short form to request more information and a specialist will contact you.