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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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A Roundup of NERC CIP V5 Comments for Power Utilities

by Michael C. Johnson November 10, 2015

The comment period has ended for modifications to the Critical Infrastructure Protection Version 5 Standards — also known as CIP V5. The North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) and other industry stakeholders had until Sept. 21, 2015, to submit comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) on Docket RM15-14-000. […]

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Giving Utility Ratepayers a Voice through Public Involvement

by Ted Kelly August 10, 2015

When it comes to operating a successful electric cooperative, public involvement and community outreach are essential elements. Through a cost-of-service study for the Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC), Chris Deffenbaugh and I demonstrated how the integration of a rate design study and a public involvement effort can help give ratepayers a voice. PEC is both the […]

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