Ameren, Black & Veatch, Collins Aerospace team passes key milestone for maturing UAS inspection technology
NEWTON, Ill., December 3, 2018 /3BL Media/ – With thousands of miles of high-voltage lines, Ameren Corp. wanted a better and safer way to monitor its assets spread over rural territories beyond manual or helicopter inspections. The St. Louis-based energy company worked with Black & Veatch and Collins Aerospace to identify a solution: Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone flights. The team now has proven they can inspect more miles of transmission lines faster and safer than ever envisioned.
Free download explores creating a digital grid, data science, distributed generation and other issues to help utilities plan a resilient power supply
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., November 15, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Intelligent devices and super-fast networks have turned electricity customers from isolated spectators to engaged players in a culture of energy transformation. With clicks on a smartphone or a finger-swipe on a tablet, the lights come on, the heat turns up, and our lives are put on a kind of energy cruise control. Sounds simple, right?
Indonesia continues to chase full electrification and grid stability
Indonesia, a nation of three time zones, thousands of islands and 250 million people, continues to experience major industrial and economic growth. Boasting vast untapped resources that include copper, gold, tin, nickel and coal, the mining sector will continue to play a significant role in the country’s development.
What if a cost saving opportunity existed in your facility, but was hiding in plain sight? In assessing nearly 100 global facilities over the past few years, Antea Group identified cost savings in every facility evaluated, without exception. Our secret? Knowing where and how to look at utility expenditures. Read about our 5 steps to reducing your utility costs.
Prepay energy services have emerged as a viable alternative to traditional utility services, with notable benefits for both the utility and the customer.
The concept of prepay, even in the utility space, is not new. Historically, these solutions have been viewed as very utility-centric by nature, focused on solving very specific challenges that were seen as problematic or negative. It was challenging for customers to keep track of their balances, and they had to put forth a relatively high level of effort to make payments and recharge their accounts. The result is that prepay was seen as complex and cumbersome.
For years, utilities have struggled to define the more responsive operational systems and customer-centric performance models that would trumpet the arrival of Utility 2.0. Lacking a singular event marking the shift, it seems more likely a steady, incremental advance through technology deployments, analytics and a focus on customer engagement represents the path towards a continually evolving future state. As we have seen with the progress to date, further advances will require continuing coordination within utilities, their regulators and customers to ensure a sustainable path forward.