Free download offers key benchmark information to help utilities plan for resilient systems
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., November 14, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Stormwater management is gaining greater attention with climate change, infrastructure capacity challenges and financial pressures pushing systems to their limits. As utility managers and other decision makers take longer, more programmatic views of stormwater management and cost recovery, Black & Veatch today released the 2018 Stormwater Utility Survey to help utilities better understand program planning, best practices and regulatory requirements to meet these challenges.
Gas producers in U.S., overseas markets scurry to satisfy surging demand for cleaner, greener power
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., November 13, 2018/3BL Media/ – Demand from increasingly thirsty energy markets is stoking near-term optimism for natural gas investment, as plentiful supply and innovative liquified natural gas (LNG) solutions help governments elevate the energy source to the center of their clean power goals.
ASSET360® portfolio optimizes infrastructure from planning and building through operations
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., October 25, 2018 /3BL Media/ – The role of data analytics is evolving. No longer just a way to measure and inform plant operators about established systems, data is now an end-to-end solution – guiding an organization across the entire infrastructure and asset lifecycle: Planning. Building. Operating.
CHP technologies will continue to evolve and progress, driving development and adoption
The benefits of combined heat and power (CHP) generally are well established, and the technology is recognized as having great potential to improve large industrial process efficiencies while contributing to grid resilience.
Conventional electricity generation systems waste a great deal of energy through the discharge of heat into the atmosphere, and even more is wasted when electricity is distributed to distant industrial and commercial end users. CHP, on the other hand, makes productive use of the waste heat that is generated as part of the thermal processes.
The game has changed and utilities must address capital allocation in a different way
The electric utility industry is in the middle of a transformation that has no precedent. Historically speaking, delivering electricity was relatively simple; utilities generated power and provided it to customers over a one-way delivery system. Companies requested, and utility regulators granted, periodic rate hikes to cover infrastructure upgrades while providing a reasonable rate of return on that investment.
Utilities are adapting to the new energy grid under threat of significant economic challenge
To effectively map out the current and future states of power delivery, it’s imperative to discuss what the landscape looked like in the past. Understanding the evolution of any industry typically requires a healthy dose of historical context, and making sense of today’s energy grid is no exception.
EVs are speeding ahead, even as questions persist over charging infrastructure
Separated by decades of progress and technology’s endless march, it’s easy to think electric vehicles share little heritage with their internal combustion forebears. But even as they bookend the automotive spectrum, today’s EVs are much like the first automobiles in one important respect: When the first cars were made, they had an outsized dependency on infrastructure. Without a robust system of roads (let alone highways), what was the incentive to buy?
The renewable power boom has spawned a growing need for robust energy storage
Bolstered by decreasing costs and strengthening regulatory support, demand for renewable energy is increasing as wind and solar photovoltaics continue to become more prominent contributors to utilities’ generation and revenue mix. As enthusiasm for renewable energy grows, wind and solar remain hampered by how much energy can be stored when generated to be used subsequently when energy is needed.
New scenarios are emerging that pair storage with conventional gas turbine generation
The cost of energy storage has fallen to the point where the power generation industry is moving from demonstration projects to full deployment. Driven by demand and a federal order designed to nurture broader adoption of storage capabilities, practical applications of energy storage are emerging that are competitive with conventional solutions.
In addition, continued annual reductions in the cost for storage will reveal more and more applications where energy storage makes economic sense. A great example can be found in the performance optimization of gas turbines.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, October 5, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Black & Veatch has been tasked by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) to implement an electronic system that enables the inventory and management of biological materials at Kruger National Park in South Africa. In partnership with the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), Black & Veatch will support the Office of the State Veterinarian in preventing and controlling animal diseases.