Electric Power Generation
Environmental Compliance for Power Generation
Electric power infrastructure requires a significant investment. Scrutiny of those investment decisions — from internal sources, boards, public utility commissions and consumer advocates — requires detailed analysis and a strategic plan.
Taking the time to develop a plan consumes time, money and resources — both internal and external. Yet making investment decisions without a comprehensive and robust market assessment and planning effort can compromise business decisions and customer experiences for years to come.
Our resource planning team performs studies for cooperative, municipal, investor-owned utilities and other power companies globally. Our professionals can independently review previously developed integrated resource plans and processes or develop an integrated resource plan for you. We provide analysis to support investment decisions such as new power plant facilities, existing facility upgrades for emission control systems or efficiency improvements, and asset valuation for existing unit transactions. We also support our clients by providing financial analysis services, including predictive cost estimates relating to energy markets and assets.
The power industry faces uncertainties ranging from technology impacts and capital investment strategies to volatile commodity prices and regulatory uncertainty. An integrated resource plan (IRP) is your road map to navigate those uncertainties and define a path that benefits your utility customers.
The IRP reflects the costs associated with serving customers over a longer time and requires input from a range of utility business functions. We turn those data points into sophisticated optimization models, including:
When considering the decades-long investments required for development of power infrastructure, utilities must remain nimble in the face of evolving market conditions. Our team provides and supports a range of risk analysis techniques that help you minimize your potential for future regrets.
We provide an integrated consulting, design and construction perspective based on experience successfully supporting and implementing plans approved by public utility commissions, federal agencies, utility boards of directors and city councils. We leverage our local knowledge gained from offices around the country in combination with our national perspective to offer sound decision guidance from every angle. We have specialists focused on how such advancing technologies as microgrids, rooftop solar, energy storage, electric vehicles may affect customer demand as you move forward with your plans.
You have many options for the clean, reliable, cost-effective power you supply to your customers. Whether you go with a self-build option or purchase, we can help you evaluate the alternatives and choose the one that best allows you to meet your power supply planning needs.
Our team helps electric cooperatives, municipal utilities, investor-owned utilities, developers, renewable energy companies and independent power producers weigh their options and complete power supply request for proposal (RFP) processes. We serve as an independent, third-party RFP consultant, complying with the principles of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Edgar Standards. From 20 megawatts (MW) to 2,000 MW, we have assisted with all aspects of the RFP process.
The evolving regulatory landscape is ever-present. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published more than 3,500 final environmental regulations, comprising more than 30,000 pages over the past several years, all addressing air and water quality. Many of these regulations have had significant economic and operational impacts on the U.S. power generation fleet.
Navigating this challenging landscape requires experience with the range of rules and regulations presented under the Clean Air Act (CAA) and the Clean Water Act (CWA). We understand the regulations, so that we can develop environmental compliance and risk strategies. We also know the utility business, power markets and electric utility industry, and we understand the technology solutions available.
Combined with our resource planning experience, we provide you with a team that can assess your options to mitigate risk, providing a solution that is based in real-life scenarios and considers life cycle costs. Your compliance strategy then positions your utility to provide clean, reliable, cost-effective power.