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Black & Veatch: Our Commitment to a Sustainable Future

A Letter From Our CEO: Accelerating Sustainability
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The beginning of a new year is always a great time for reflection, even more so when it’s the beginning of a new decade. At Black & Veatch, we design and build projects to operate for decades, so the long view comes naturally. It was with this spirit that in 2019 we undertook a series of initiatives to embrace the world we see today and prepare for the world we want in the years ahead.

Enabling Higher Standards of Living by Connecting Underserved Communities to Affordable Internet

BLUETOWN provides low-cost internet solutions to connect the unconnected and bridges digital divides.
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COPENHAGEN, Denmark, January 30, 2020 /3BL Media/ - Internet service provider BLUETOWN has joined Business Call to Action (BCtA) with an aim to reach 230 million people in underserved communities globally with affordable internet access by 2024.

Utilities Must Constantly Be on Offense in Cat-and-Mouse Game Against Hackers

Facing increased risk by hackers, utilities are ramping up cybersecurity
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For power suppliers wanting to be vigilant about the threat that hackers pose to the grid, a March 2019 intrusion may have been a benign warning about vulnerability. When hackers disabled a Utah-based  renewable  energy  developer’s control system for about a dozen solar and wind farms in the  West, the grid’s operators were left blinded for more than 10 hours to those 500 megawatts of generation sites. Thankfully, no outages  resulted.

For Utilities, the Road Map to Resilience Must Be Focused, Holistic

With greater technological dependency comes greater responsibiilty
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As climate change continues to flex its catastrophic muscle, a storm is brewing for U.S. utilities. The scourge of extreme weather events — prolonged droughts, pounding hurricanes and deluges blamed for unprecedented flooding — are joining wildfires as challenges that have utilities scrambling to harden their assets to provide the resilience that consumers and regulators demand. Unrelenting threats of cyberattacks and the rising number of technologies that increase the load and strain on infrastructure assets add to the complexity.

The Call Is Coming From Inside the House: Private Utility Networks Bring Efficiency, Control and Reliability

Private Networks Promise Utilities Giant Step Towards Reliability
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Reliable communications networks are crucial to allow utilities to deliver an uninterrupted supply of power to customers. With high-speed wireless technology at the fore, and the addition of hundreds of new field applications that  require  communications  networks  —  including  Long-Term Evolution (LTE) — a digital utility is built on communications that extend to the edge. Converged networks employing IP-advanced private   wireless   networks   enable   these   systems   to   become more efficient and extend deeper into the distribution system, where   they’re   most needed.

'Manager of Managers': Rise of Distributed Devices Drives Call for Network Management Solutions

Are utilities keeping up with the proliferation of distributed devices?
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Millions of devices are measuring and sometimes controlling the health of our utility networks, and millions more are coming. As distributed resources drive rapid, increasing demand for data-intensive grid management to ensure high-quality, reliable and resilient power delivery, ask yourself this question: How are you keeping up?

Grid Modernization Goes Mainstream, Reliability Is Primary Goal

Utilities are doubling down on distribution investments to boost resilience
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Power sector players got a jolt in January 2019 when Virginia utility regulators rejected the $6 billion grid modernization rate case proposed by Dominion Energy. This “no” followed similar decisions in Kentucky and North Carolina from the previous year. Despite such setbacks, results from Black & Veatch’s 2020 Strategic Directions: Smart Utilities Report survey show that utilities are “all in” on grid modernization plans, and it looks like regulators are moving that way, too. 

Communication Networks Are Key to Delivering the Grid of the Future

New Black & Veatch Smart Utilities Report analyzes major trends reshaping the grid
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Distribution modernization is inevitable as advances in energy production, storage and control give rise to a new energy marketplace happening at the local distribution level. This evolving landscape leaves utilities questioning how they can maintain the reliability, efficiency and security of their operations, while managing two-way power flows and the influx of digital devices and distributed energy resources (DER).

Sustainable Product Design at Qualcomm

Protecting people and the planet
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  • We focus on creating products that positively influence and impact individuals and society. We’re achieving this by ensuring our direct operations integrate principles of sustainability and responsibility and by working closely with our supply chain. 
  • We want our products to be distinguished by their intelligence and by the care and attention we take in designing them. 
  • To date, we have reduced our greenhouse gas emissions by 15.6 percent.
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  • We focus on creating products that positively influence and impact individuals and society. We’re achieving this by ensuring our direct operations integrate principles of sustainability and responsibility and by working closely with our supply chain. 
  • We want our products to be distinguished by their intelligence and by the care and attention we take in designing them. 
  • To date, we have reduced our greenhouse gas emissions by 15.6 percent.

Carnival Corporation's Costa Cruises Welcomes LNG-Powered Costa Smeralda to Fleet

Italian brand of world's largest leisure travel company takes delivery of its first vessel powered by marine industry's most advanced fuel technology
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MIAMI, December 12, 2019 /3BL/ – Costa Cruises, the Italian brand of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), the world's largest leisure travel company, officially took delivery  recently of Costa Smeralda, the brand's first ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), the marine industry's most advanced fuel technology.

The handover ceremony was held at the Meyer shipyard in Turku, Finland, where the brand's new flagship was built. Costa Smeralda becomes Carnival Corporation's fourth new ship of 2019 and its second LNG-powered ship.

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