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Today’s trending topics explored by key industry leaders.

Data Center and Utility Matchmaking for a Lower Total Cost of Ownership

It’s an indisputable fact — electric utilities need customers. Electricity sales in the U.S. have fallen five out of the past eight years, primarily due to improvements in energy efficiency. Here’s another essential certainty — data centers are excellent consumers of electricity, accounting for...

Bringing Data Centers into Site: Choosing a Strategic Location for Data Center Development

“Will this site work?”

Clients seeking assistance in strategic site selection for data centers will inevitably ask this. That question, however, fails to get to the real purpose of strategic site selection. Finding a site that “works” is important, but finding a site with specific strategic...

A Clear Line of Site: Using Strategic Site Selection to Bring Data Centers Online Quickly

Netflix and YouTube were responsible for over half of the world’s downstream Internet traffic in 2016, according to a report from Sandvine. By 2020, analysts expect bandwidth demand from online streaming services to grow even larger. This trend, coupled with a shift to the cloud, has created...

Solar PV Is Here to Stay

One of the trending questions in the power industry right now: Will the Trump administration continue policies that maintain the surging momentum of the solar power industry?

Future of Grid-Tied PV Systems

The North American power grid is the most reliable in the world, bar none. That’s the reason so many in the power industry are working hard to avoid any erosion in reliability as more megawatts of solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind generation are introduced to the grid.

Fueling Our Fleet

If solar becomes the main energy source in 30 to 50 years, how will it affect transportation?

The Price of Solar Energy

Solar energy is becoming more cost-efficient — and cost-competitive with its fossil fuel counterparts. This gives the solar industry, as well as utilities and consumers, an alternative energy avenue to consider.

Smoothing Out Solar Production

An oversupply of electricity passed onto the utility grid can damage mechanical components, stress generators and adversely affect market energy prices. Managing the potential for oversupply situations is a significant challenge for utilities adding renewable power — especially solar — to their...

5 Ways Technology Will Innovate Aviation Security

Mention “air travel regulations” and “technology” and many will instantly conclude these terms are mutually exclusive, at least within the realm of aviation security and airport screening. Long lines, particularly during peak holiday and seasonal travel periods, generally evoke thoughts of...

Proactive, Not Reactive: Staying at the Forefront of New Government Regulations

Regulations enforced by government agencies are not to be taken lightly. They’re put in place for a variety of reasons — to protect businesses, customers and the environment, and to promote a stable, friendly market. Regulatory changes, no matter how big or small, could significantly impact how...

Three Tips for Starting on the Right Track to Meeting New Regulation Standards

The water and wastewater industry is heavily regulated to protect our environment and prevent harmful pollutants from infiltrating drinking water sources or groundwater used for crop irrigation. Municipalities are responsible for making sure these regulations are taken seriously and put into...

The Pendulum Swings (Again): Changing Political Landscape Means New Questions for the Power Industry

A long-term view of environmental and energy policy is best visualized as a swinging pendulum. Currently, we find that environmental and energy policy has swung from a wide ranging plethora of regulations to a more business friendly, less-regulated environment.

Driving Natural Gas: Alternative Fuel for Our Mobile World

Using natural gas as a vehicle fuel certainly has its benefits. As the cleanest burning of all fossil fuels, it has fewer emissions, which helps reduce pollution. These factors give natural gas a higher octane rating, which can extend the time between vehicle maintenance. Additionally, natural...

CNG or EV? The Race Is On

What if public places tapped into their natural gas lines to allow patrons to refuel their cars while shopping and dining? Think about the opportunities this would this present, for consumers and the service industry.

Accelerating Natural Gas as an Alternative Fuel

Domestically produced, clean burning, lower emissions and abundant. Natural gas as a vehicle fuel would be an innovative and major initiative for consumers, the economy and the environment. But what would it take for natural gas to deeply penetrate the light-duty vehicle market?

Alternating Currents: Natural Gas for a Whole New Generation

To say that the electric power industry is experiencing a sea change is like saying that water is the most essential element of life. To those of us involved in the industry daily, this statement is obvious. However, when most of society looks at the electric power industry, they see calm...

Modular Data Centers: Strategy Over Building Blocks

Taking a modular approach to data center development is gaining more attention among data center operators, and it’s easy to see why. In an industry where even a highly accelerated schedule isn’t always fast enough, any strategy that increases speed to market is valuable.

Integrated Design-Build for Speedier Data Center Projects

Integrated design-build is the only form of project delivery that can keep pace with the high demands of the tech industry.

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