Business Consulting

How Online Anger Pollutes Public Sentiment

by Chris Deffenbaugh February 6, 2017

Bill Gates once said, “In this industry, by the time you realize you’re in trouble, it’s already too late.” And while he was referring specifically to the technology and software sectors, a parallel can also be drawn to the U.S. energy industry: By the time you realize you’re facing a public opinion deficit, it’s likely […]

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It Doesn’t Matter Who Is President; Shutdowns Are Inevitable

by Jeff Kopp January 23, 2017

What is the future of the Clean Power Plan? This is one of the industry’s biggest concerns as Donald Trump settles in as the 45th president of the United States. Many are speculating whether Trump will uphold the plan, actively work to undo it, not fight to uphold it in court or simply not enforce […]

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Burns & McDonnell Helps Kansas City “Keep Out the Rain”

by Brian Hiller December 5, 2016

Although rain is typically a good thing, when an abundance of stormwater makes its way into Kansas City, Missouri, the impacts on the city’s more than 1,700 miles of sewers can be devastating. In Kansas City, excess stormwater creates an average of 6.4 billion gallons of wastewater overflow each year. Kansas City is among more […]

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Applying TOTEX to Electric Gas Transmission & Distribution Assets

by Mike Beehler April 4, 2016

With the pace of transformation in the transmission and distribution industry, there’s no shortage of relevant and interesting topics. Today’s growing demand for resilient, reliable and sustainable energy at an affordable price suggests that we may need to look for new ways to plan and analyze capital investments in power assets of the future. That’s […]

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Challenges and Strategies for Partial Power Plant Decommissioning

by Jeff Kopp December 23, 2015

As the nation’s electric industry prepares for upwards of 90 gigawatts of coal-fired power plants to be retired in the near future, careful planning is required for these facilities to be decommissioned safely, successfully and cost-effectively. Many of those slated for retirement are part of larger, multi-unit facilities where some units will continue operating during […]

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