Chicago, Illinois -- Faced with aging transmission and distribution systems and limited O&M budgets, utilities are being pressed to maximize the lifespan of their current equipment while facing heavy scrutiny from both internal and external stakeholders. This conference will provide attendees with clear strategies for managing classifying and prioritizing the repair and replacement of their aging T&D systems. Focusing on real experiences from leading utilities, attendees will be equipped with tools to address problem components and justify their maintenance decisions to management, regulators, and external stakeholders.
New AEE Report: Utility Earnings in a Service-Based World
A recent report from the Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) shows electric utilities can reduce costs for customers without hurting profits for shareholders by considering service-based alternatives to capital investments, utilizing one of several mechanisms that could be considered by state regulators. The authors of this report considered two types of service-based solutions: cloud computing services, which take the place of utility investments in computers, servers, and propriety software; and distributed energy...
AWWA announces new edition of water utility management publication
The third edition of the American Water Works Association’s M5 Water Utility Management is now available. M5 reflects knowledge from water industry leaders who have solved utility management challenges that new and experienced managers can benefit to learn from. Regulatory concerns, strategic planning, workforce issues and infrastructure management are all covered in this manual. The third edition of M5 has been updated on the latest strategies and information on emergency preparedness, customer health...
Integrated Drone Solution Enhances Utility Asset Data
Black & Veatch and Aeryon Labs announced recently (10/24) that they have launched an end-to-end asset management inspection solution leveraging drone technology for global energy clients. Aeryon`s commercial unmanned aerial system (UAS) hardware, software and services enable the capture of critical infrastructure condition data that is integrated by Black & Veatch into a utility`s existing enterprise asset management (EAM) systems. This streamlined solution is designed to speed inspection times, reduce...
NREL Evaluates National Charging Infrastructure Needs for Growing Fleet of Plug-In Electric Vehicles
A new study from the U.S. Department of Energy`s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) quantifies how much charging infrastructure would be needed in the United States to support various market growth scenarios for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). Sales of PEVs which include plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and all-electric vehicles (EVs) have surged recently. Most PEV charging occurs at home, but widespread PEV adoption would require the development of a national network of non-residential...
Cybersecurity in the Energy & Utility Sector
IBM recently released an IBM X-Force report highlighting analysis of energy and utility (E&U) customer data. The E&U sector is responsible for critical infrastructure that keeps society running, including fuel, electricity, drinking water, and more. The key findings reveal that: Although the sector was not one of the top targeted industries among the client security environments monitored by IBM X-Force in 2016, data shows it being targeted increasingly in 2017, falling just shy of the top 5 at...