500 MW San Vicente Energy Storage Facility Would Increase Renewable Energy Capacity, Accessibility
SAN DIEGO, January 22, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Black & Veatch has been selected to serve as owners’ representative for an energy storage facility at the San Vicente Reservoir near Lakeside in San Diego County, California. The project owners, the San Diego County Water Authority and the City of San Diego, are assessing the potential to develop the 500 megawatt (MW) San Vicente Energy Storage Facility (SVESF) to increase the availability and efficiency of renewable energy for the region. It will provide enough stored energy to supply approximately 325,000 homes annually.
Water Criteria Phase 2: Nature-Based and Hybrid Water Infrastructure Opens for International Consultation
October 19, 2017 /3BL Media/ - The Climate Bonds Initiative on behalf of the Water Consortium has released Water Criteria Phase 2 Nature-based and Hybrid Water infrastructure for public consultation.
The Water Criteria is part of the overarching Climate Bonds Standard which provides investors with a verifiable, science-based screening process to evaluate bond investments bringing climate mitigation, vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning to the fixed income investment space.
Bruce Duff named new Managing Director of Design-Build for water business
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., September 11, 2017 /3BL Media/ - Black & Veatch, a leading provider of design-build project delivery services for the water industry, today announced that Bruce Duff has been named Managing Director of Design-Build within its water business. Duff will be based in the Company’s Toronto metro area office.
Many water leaders face a conundrum – they know massive system investments are needed, but have a steep hill to climb to gain necessary approvals and rate recovery for such investments. Stand-alone, multimillion dollar technology programs often take a back seat to repairing and replacing aging distribution system assets.
Customer engagement will play a significant role in bridging the gap between costs and customer expectation. Communicating the need for rate increases and securing the public’s acknowledgment of their importance—and thus securing requests—will be one of the biggest challenges facing many utilities this year.
Ann Bui, Managing Director for water services in Black & Veatch management consulting, describes how utility leaders are taking advantage of opportunities to further educate end users about how their services benefit the community.
If America’s water infrastructure was a carton of milk in your fridge, you would have thrown it away a long time ago. If it was a student, it would be getting barely passing grades. So what’s gone wrong? Impeller spoke with Joe Vesey, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Xylem, to learn about the problem and how it can be fixed.
“A lot of America’s water infrastructure was constructed over 100 years ago,” Vesey says. “Installations peaked between 1925 to 1940. Most of that infrastructure has a useful life of 50 to 75 years, so on average we are well past that.”
Cindy Wallis-Lage, President of Black & Veatch’s water business, discusses the importance of industry collaboration for more sustainable water systems. Adapting to climate change, exploring integrated planning and engaging with ratepayers are just some of the ways water leaders are evolving in their "new normal."