Public-private partnerships (P3s) are most commonly known for funding large-scale water infrastructure projects that a utility can’t support through traditional funding. However, other key attributes in the P3 model are often overlooked. In a P3, the private entity may provide the capital, but the true benefits go well beyond financing alone.
For more than 90 years, Caterpillar’s business has been about building better — better lives, better communities and, ultimately, a better world. Click here to learn more in the 2016 Sustainability Report.
Creating Energy Solutions for Information and Communications Technology
Nilmini Rubin, vice president for International Development at Tetra Tech, recently discussed the interdependence of internet access and affordable, reliable electricity on the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) blog. In her post, Nilmini explains the importance of both renewable and traditional energy sources and both grid-connected and off-grid energy to drive the connection of more than four billion people who do not have access to the internet.
Building an enabling framework to increase investment, transparency, and access to electricity across Africa
Ignacio Rodriguez, director for power sector and energy reforms at Tetra Tech, was part of a Tetra Tech delegation that attended the Africa Energy Forum (AEF) in Copenhagen, Denmark. Ignacio shared insights as part of a panel discussion of the importance of the regulator as an independent entity. All opinions expressed in this post are the author’s own.
SMUD forecasts customer DER adoption in first-of-kind holistic utility analysis
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 31, 2017 /3BL Media/ – Consumers could outspend utilities in the adoption of solar, storage, electric vehicles and other distributed energy resources (DERs), making it essential for utilities to track and integrate these DERs into their planning processes to benefit their customers and the grid.
In a time when landfills are reaching capacity and waste generation doesn’t appear to be slowing down, Craig Moeller sees opportunity. The director of advanced energy generation for Lockheed Martin is working to take unwanted materials and convert them into useful energy, without producing enormous amounts of greenhouse gases.
It has taken quite a while to read and absorb all the facts in Financial Times’ comprehensive article on the energy revolution. The report, titled “The Big Green Bang: How Renewable Energy Became Unstoppable,” lays out the evidence in great detail for an accelerating shift to clean power. Its sweeping thesis is simply stated: “After years of hype and false starts, the shift to clean power has begun to accelerate at a pace that has taken the most experienced experts by surprise.”
By Ed Walsh, President, Black & Veatch's Power business
Up and down the energy chain – from electricity generation sources to the light switch – power customers are compelling their infrastructure providers to further embrace sustainability. Utilities are working to add new forms of distributed energy resources (DER), and are meeting this challenge in exciting ways. They are evolving from traditional generation sources towards an era of highly responsive, low-emission, balanced power portfolios that showcase new technology.
At the dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, we are relying heavily on the impacts of a more digital grid. The previous revolutions had significant impacts on society – introducing steam, electricity and computing, but none that were so closely intertwined with technology.