Grid Resiliency

Hurricane Maria and other natural disasters reinforce the importance

of electric grid efficiency and resiliency.

By Zolaikha Strong

If the power goes out because the electrical infrastructure in the region has failed, who would you call? As the number and severity of natural disasters continue to affect different parts of the world, we – as a nation or communities or as individual citizens or businesses – must invest in the resiliency of the very infrastructure that enables our own survival.

Puerto Rico’s ongoing humanitarian crisis – a culmination of what is being called the largest blackout in U.S. history – is just the most recent example of this.

Energy Trends

What does the White House 2018 infrastructure plan hold for the power sector?

By Joshua Belcher

Improving critical infrastructure in the United States was an important topic of the 2016 election. More than a year into the Trump presidency, more concrete proposals are beginning to surface from his administration.

In his Feb. 13 "Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America," the president proposed a series of measures to boost investment in energy infrastructure, including electric power generation and transmission. In line with traditional conservative policy, many of the proposed measures de-emphasize federal government involvement, promote state and local public-private partnerships and even complete privatization of certain assets.

In the Boardroom

Making the journey: Five questions for energy and mining executives

to ask about their organizations’ digital strategies.

By Andy MacRae and Brian Bayne

Energy and mining companies are among the early adopters of digital technologies. However, many organizations have only scratched the surface when it comes to harnessing the full potential of digital. The most important investment for companies looking to move from digital awareness to full digitization is finding the right executives to lead the transformation.

Regulatory climate

Keep your eyes open in 2018, a year in which some regulatory impacts

will be reduced even while new ones will take effect.

By Michael Prokop and Paul Campbell

The energy regulatory climate was in for a great deal of change in 2017 under the new administration, and those changes will continue taking effect throughout 2018. Regulatory reform and deregulation will continue to be the focus at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), even though those commissions are struggling to come back to full leadership strength.

Investment strats

Four ways digital infrastructure investments can energize an oil and gas business.

By Benjamin Beberness

During a week dominated by news of a resurgent U.S. oil and gas sector disrupting the world’s oil production hierarchy, it would have been easy to overlook a visit to New York in January by a contingent of Danish trade officials to talk with their American counterparts about developing wind farms off U.S. shores.

Internet of Things

In the digital economy, what happens when a platform can’t connect?

By Brent Potts

Oil and gas exploration has gotten more expensive as companies are drilling in deeper waters further off shore. In fact, the average price for offshore oil-drilling rigs is approximately $650 million and can reach into the billions. On top of cost, ultra-deep offshore drilling is more complex with difficult topography and geologic challenges.

Energy Trends

How electric utilities can respond to the growth of legal cannabis.

By Joshua Belcher

As the legalization of cannabis continues to expand in the United States, smart utilities are actively taking steps to engage these unique users and help them to develop strategies to manage their current and future energy consumption. Why? Because the cannabis industry, especially indoor grow operations, is a voracious consumer of electricity with potentially significant impacts on grid infrastructure.

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