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Epic Investment Trends in Smart Distribution Systems

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For more than 100 years, electric utilities worldwide made relatively few investments to electric distribution networks; focusing primarily on generation and transmission infrastructure. As such, the traditional electric distribution system—comprised of a passive network of poles, wires, transformers and capacitors— delivered power to commercial, industrial and residential customers in largely the same manner for decades.

Shifting to a Digital Grid Forces System-Wide Grid Modernization

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We are at the dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, defined by its velocity and volume, scope and scale, and systems impact. The foundation of this new era is squarely built upon the success of the "digital grid." The first three revolutions—defined by the introduction of steam and mechanization, electricity and computing, respectively—all had profound societal impacts, but they lacked the exponential rate of technological breakthroughs and complexity that define the fourth.

Shanghai Tower | Tallest Building in China Serves as Benchmark for Sustainable Design

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Located in Shanghai’s Luijiazui financial district, the award-winning Shanghai Tower rises 632 meters (128 stories), making it the tallest building in China. Shanghai Tower & Construction Co., Ltd selected Cosentini, A Tetra Tech Company, to help create a towering structure that is a benchmark for sustainable design and technological innovation in China.

EPA Recognizes Eastman with 2017 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award

Eastman celebrates sixth consecutive ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award
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KINGSPORT, Tenn., April 6, 2017 /3BL Media/ – For the sixth consecutive year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes Eastman (NYSE: EMN) with an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award for continued leadership and superior energy efficiency achievements. This year marks Eastman’s fourth consecutive ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award, EPA’s highest ENERGY STAR honor.

Green Mountain Energy Sun Club Partners with Evelyn’s Park to Establish Community Space as Sustainable Leader

Sun Club® Donation to Help New Park in Bellaire Achieve “Net Zero” Energy Status for Park’s Daily Operations
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HOUSTON, March 29, 2017 /3BL Media/ – Evelyn’s Park, a new five-acre community green space in Bellaire, Texas, is set to become one of the most sustainable parks in the nation with a $313,500 grant from the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club.

Four New Solar Plants to Deliver Clean, Cost-Effective Energy for Florida

Black & Veatch providing EPC project services for Florida Power & Light renewable expansion program
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OVERLAND PARK, Kan., March 28, 2017 /3BL Media/ – Black & Veatch has been selected to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services on four solar energy projects for Florida Power & Light (FPL). The plants are part of an extensive renewable energy program designed to help deliver additional electric supplies to meet increasing population and business growth in the region.

Prepay Energy as a Gateway for Customer Engagement

Prepay energy services have emerged as a viable alternative to traditional utility services, with notable benefits for both the utility and the customer.
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The concept of prepay, even in the utility space, is not new. Historically, these solutions have been viewed as very utility-centric by nature, focused on solving very specific challenges that were seen as problematic or negative. It was challenging for customers to keep track of their balances, and they had to put forth a relatively high level of effort to make payments and recharge their accounts. The result is that prepay was seen as complex and cumbersome.

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