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Water Infrastructure Repair & Replacement during Emergent Times

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Utilities and public works organizations that manage large infrastructure replacement, repair or maintenance jobs are trying to dramatically reduce the amount of time it takes to complete their tasks. So much so, that a recent list of priorities created by the American Waste Water Association mentions “the renewal and replacement of aging water and wastewater infrastructure” as the number one priority facing water companies in 2021. This aspect of the business is so important, it outranks finding financing for capital improvements and securing long term water availability. 

Don’t just take our word for it – Cheryl Porter, Chief Operating Officer of the Great Lakes Water Authority, says:  

“The aging infrastructure of Great Lakes Water Authority continues to deteriorate, raising maintenance and repair costs. To build resiliency, we are simultaneously working to meet stringent standards for safe and clean drinking water while investing in the maintenance and renewal of critical infrastructure that is vital to our community.”  

This also raises the challenges of compliance with current and future regulations surrounding the water industry and the costs associated with the task. 

Facing the Challenge

The top recurring challenges reflect the complexity of how water utilities address and pay for the replacement of aging infrastructure. The water community, along with public and private partners, continues to develop and refine innovative solutions, but there is still widespread trouble with handling the process as a whole. These can range anywhere from securing financing for capital projects and improvements, to emergency preparedness and even trying to raise public awareness of the importance of the entire water infrastructure system. This understanding of the importance of clean water is critical in securing the future funding needed to fix these infrastructure problems and to address the myriad of other issues facing the water industry today. 

However, help is coming – the Biden Administration’s infrastructure plan’s early proposals include $56 billion in grants and loans to upgrade and modernize water systems, $45 billion for lead service line replacement and $10 billion for other improvements and upgrades. Congress introduced several bills in early 2021 aimed at increasing federal support for upgrading and maintaining the nation’s water infrastructure. 

With this financing becoming available to the nation’s water and wastewater companies, there are solutions out there that make it easier to inspect, repair and replace the nation’s aging infrastructure systems and recover some of the costs. ARCOS is a proven partner to water companies and can help you mitigate and recover what is spent. Check out how ARCOS can help with storm cost recovery and be a partner in your success. 

Wildfire Contractor and Utility Service Provider Management at a Fraction of $536 Million

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In April, the State of California passed a bill to spend $536 million on wildfire prevention. The money is earmarked for forest and vegetation management, clearing brush around rural homes, and retrofitting older buildings in high-risk areas with fire-resistant materials. Lawmakers rushed the bill ahead of the normal budget process since reservoir levels are at an all-time low and drought conditions are seeing no end in sight.  

What does Senate Bill 85 mean for California utilities? It means an uptick in the use of contractors and utility service providers, especially vegetation removal teams. To stay ahead of potential danger and property loss, the fuel on the forest floor must be cleared and trees trimmed. There’s no other way to get the job done than rely on outside help. But how do you manage an increasing number of external crews? How did you keep rosters straight between contractor and utility? How do you get crews to the right areas and job sites? And just who documents it all?  

With solutions like ARCOS Resource AssistResource Assist LiteCrew Manager and Mobile Workbench, the daunting task of managing contractor and utility service provider crews becomes a snap. How can each app help?  

  • ARCOS Resource Assist removes the bottleneck of communication between utilities and USPs. It allows USPs to submit rosters quickly in an agreed upon format while providing utilities a pre-approved list of contractors that can be quickly matched to any work ticket and job specifications. Utility Service Providers can sign up here 
  • ARCOS Resource Assist Lite is a free version of Resource Assist. Some functionality is removed, but it’s still a strong application that can connect everyone together so they can speak the same language.  
  • ARCOS Crew Manager can work hand in hand with Resource Assist. It can help quickly identify which crews, vehicles and equipment are available for work and improves the ability to assign, manage, and track these resources. It provides full situational awareness and allows users to know who is available, where they are and how much money is being spent.  
  • ARCOS Mobile Workbench can help send crews where they need to be. It’s a powerful work ticket/order and job management system. It’s designed to get daily jobs done more efficiently by combining the ability to manage both people and work in one system, improving work completion and reducing operations and & maintenance costs.  

And one of the best features of the ARCOS Resource Management Platform is that it keeps a record of everything. Documentation for regulators, FEMA, auditors, or state envoys are easily retrievable from ARCOS’ one source of historical truth.  To find out more, contact ARCOS and better mitigate the 2021 wildfire season.  

ARCOS Mobile: What’s New?

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Callout is the app that started the Resource Management Platform for ARCOS. Before its existence, it could take operations managers, dispatchers, and supervisors hours, and hundreds of phone calls to put together a crew to respond, restore and report to an electric outage, event, or a daily work challenge. Now, it literally can take seconds.  

As time progressed, so did ARCOS Callout. ARCOS took Callout and made it mobile with ARCOS Mobile. This innovative app release gave users easier access to Callout via a tablet or smartphone. It also empowered crew members by giving them the ability to change their callout availability for after-hours work and visibility of their callout performance and contact information.  

And as we hit the middle point of 2021, enhanced functionality is coming to this time and money saving solution. Get ready for Mobile Callout Create and Mobile Check-In.  

The Future Goes Wherever You Are 

Mobile Callout Create has the same functionality contained in the web version of Callout, adapted to a four-step process that fits a mobile device’s screen. Mobile Callout Create is active for all current mobile customers and only needs to be added to security settings to use. Some callout types and attributes are not yet supported, but those are on track to be added soon.  

Mobile Check-In is currently in development. This feature will add QR based scanning for tracking resources through your organization. It groups all checkpoint activity by Event and is viewable in the web application Checkpoint Dashboard providing timestamped details about the resource, the checkpoint, and the person scanning. All activity is filterable and searchable which provides forensic level visibility into the movement of resources within your organization.  

Other Mobile Check-In features that are being worked on include rule validation (which will display notices in the mobile and web applications and can even be set to allow a successful checkpoint scans with warnings), custom notifications, reusable checkpoint templates for quick instantiation, lists of anticipated resources, and definable subsequent actions that can update application data or statuses.  

How can Mobile Callout Create and Mobile Check-In be used?  

The Use Cases are endless, but here are few ideas of how both new features can be utilized by utilities:  

  • Batch Check-in hundreds of resources into a basecamp in minutes 
  • Gate Security can verify that ARCOS sMART convoys have permission to enter 
  • Dispatchers can be alerted on scan if employee training has expired 
  • Indication in ARCOS Crew Manager when employees arrive on site 
  • One QR code assignment can track access, meals, lodging, status, etc. 
  • Employees can self-scan which allows unmanned checkpoints 
  • Resource flow data can be analyzed to optimize efficiencies 

If you would like to know how ARCOS Mobile, Mobile Callout Create and Mobile Check-In could benefit your specific operation or would like to find out more ideas, contact ARCOS now. We would love to work with you.  

Platform Integration – The Power of the ARCOS API

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Data. It runs everything. It is often used to determine employee performance, audit business operations, and report on resource utilization during major events via historical metrics.​ In just the ARCOS Resource Management Platform alone, our utility partners can work with real-time data on the go, such as responders being notified by ARCOS Mobile that they have a pending work opportunity, and managers seeing their acceptance immediately right in the app; crew leaders using ARCOS Crew Manager to view and record the status and attributes of their crews;  and the ability to have external resource tracking options based on real-time location data in ARCOS sMART.​ But, how do you tie it all together?  

There is a real critical need for operations to maintain and report on the vast amount of data points coming in, especially during an event. However, for most organizations, data is in a myriad of systems that do not communicate or play well with each other. Not everyone has the full ARCOS suite of solutions. Critical Infrastructure industries need a way to connect legacy, outage, work management and EAMS systems. With ARCOS, platform integration is possible through a powerful API. 

The ARCOS Application Programming Interface, or API, allows third-party programs and data sources to interact directly with the data in ARCOS. ARCOS has made an industry leading bridge that connects your systems together. How does it work? Through three possible methods of integration: 

REST – The first way ARCOS can integrate platforms is through the industry standard Representational State Transfer API, commonly referred to as REST. The core ARCOS Resource Management Platform offering is deeply integrated with REST and offers many exciting opportunities.​ Rest is just like visiting a website. ARCOS is provided with a URL and method that contains all the instructions and data detailing what should occur, and that action is executed in real-time – and rest assured your API and operational data are secure and locked tight.  

SOAP – The second is another industry standard called Simple Object Access Protocol or SOAP. SOAP is primarily used for ARCOS RosterApps but has strong integration capabilities.​ 

SOAP is like sending someone a letter in the mail. The integration will prepare an envelope that explains what methods you want to use to retrieve or input information. Inside the envelope, we’ll place additional instructions and data that needs to be handled during the transaction. ​ 

MULTISPEAK​ – Finally, the most recent technology ARCOS offers is support of the MultiSpeak standard for our Cooperative customers. MultiSpeak essentially allows ARCOS and customer systems to naturally speak the same language. MultiSpeak is an exciting new ARCOS integration on any project our utility partners would like to undertake.​ 

So, what does all this mean? What kind of data are we able to manage via the API? Some of the most common integrations ARCOS has seen and supported are:​ 

  • Sending and receiving Work Order information from ARCOS Crew Manager or Mobile Workbench, such as automatically loading in Work Orders generated from an Outage Management System.​ 
  • Time and Availability data, such as loading accrual data to ARCOS Callout for sorting roster lists.​ 
  • Scheduling data to and from ARCOS, such as keeping a Click, Workbrain, or SAP scheduling system synchronized with the ARCOS schedule.​ 
  • Transferring historical callout data so it can be extracted for reporting and business intelligence analytics.​ 
  • The exciting capability to create and manage callouts from drafting to fulfillment. This means you could have the ARCOS API create, initiate, and track responses to callouts occurring in ARCOS in real time.​ 

ARCOS also supports the integration of people data, such as employee demographics, hierarchical information, and contact device. This allows customers to maintain their staff in ARCOS based on Active Directly, ADP, and other Employee data systems.​ ​The same applies to resources in ARCOS Crew Manager and ARCOS Mobile Workbench. The ARCOS Resource Management Platform API allows the creation and full management of all resource data.​ 

Last but not least, let’s not forget about reporting. The data you can access in the ARCOS Web UI or Mobile Application can be retrieved programmatically though the API, enhancing business intelligence across any enterprise.​ It enables trends to be spotted, service gaps to be identified, and historical records to be fashioned for easy analysis and retrieval. 

If you would like to know more about these products and ARCOS’s exciting platform integration capabilities, contact ARCOS now. We’d love to tell you more. 

Hurricane Season 2021: The Tale So Far

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The 2021 Hurricane Season has been a dynamic one, but has it matched up to forecaster’s predictions as being one the most active seasons in history? Do we need to worry about dodging bullets or putting contractors, utility service providers, and mutual assistance partners on stand-by? Let us review the season so far and put the storms into perspective. 

Tropical Storm Ana 

Technically, this year’s hurricane season started a week early. On May 19th, radar and satellite imagery discovered the first 2021 tropical storm tracked by the National Hurricane Center. It formed near Bermuda and by May 22, developed into a named storm called “Ana”. However just 24 hours later, Ana weakened while at sea and was downgraded. Ana made 2021 the seventh year in a row that a named stormed has formed before the start of the season. 

Tropical Storm Bill 

The National Hurricane Center started tracking a new tropical storm off the North Carolina coast on June 13th. It was named “Bill” a day later and brutalized the northeast Atlantic coastline with 45 mph winds before moving out to sea. In more than 70 years, Ana and Bill mark only the eighth time that two named storms have developed this early in a season.  

Tropical Storm Claudette 

On June 11th, the Gulf of Mexico was being watched by the NHC and sure enough, they saw Tropical Storm Claudette mass into her final form on June 19th. When she made landfall, Claudette aimed for New Orleans and then traveled northeast. As she traveled through the south, the torrential downpours and winds caused massive damage in Alabama. Claudette eventually lost her energy but started to refuel as she crossed over North Carolina before quietly dissipating. The damage she caused is estimated to be at $100 million.  

Tropical Storm Danny 

Savannah, Georgia was the next locale for a storm to form. The NHC started watching a tropical depression on June 27th, and 24 hours later, they found it had increased enough to be named Tropical Storm Danny. Danny blew into Hilton Head, South Carolina with 40 mph winds. Danny weakened quickly and was gone after another 24 hours.  

Hurricane Elsa 

Hurricane Elsa has been the biggest storm of the season so far. The NHC started tracking her on June 30th. As she gathered strength, Elsa became a named storm on July 2nd. She moved between Haiti and Jamaica a day later, then on to Cuba, the Florida Keys and Tampa Bay. Elsa was particularly pesky because she kept losing and regaining power, which fueled flooding in the Mid-Atlantic and northeastern United States. Elsa lost strength over New England after delivering around $290 million in estimated damages.  

Loading the Deck in Our Favor 

So far, this year’s Hurricane Season has seen an uptick in named storms but thanks to early forecasting, a group of experienced utilities, crews, and software automation, responding, restoring, and reporting has not been an issue. Solutions like ARCOS CalloutCrew ManagerDamage Assessment and Mobile Workbench have made sure that work is identified quickly by crews (internal, contractor, and USP), they are safely dispatched to where they need to be and work tickets are completed so they can move on to the next clean-up or restoration job. Contact ARCOS to learn more about this process and how the Resource Management Platform can also help with FEMA reimbursement 

Hurricane Season is with us until November 30th. Let’s hope the worst is already behind us. With four months to go, we’re proud to stand with utility crews who must be ready for anything.  

Pandemic Best Practices – What was Learned, Implemented, and Still Evolving

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What was normal is not so normal anymore. 2020 brought a slew of business challenges and changes that have become a healthy list of responding, restoring, and reporting best practices – even when we’re not in the middle of a pandemic. Utilities and critical infrastructure industries have stepped up and made the most of a trying time and found cost savings in the process. 

Safety is not negotiable 

The ability for employees and customers to be safe is and will forever be the best practice. Providing employees with proper PPE, hand sanitizer and making sure adequate protocols were in place in the case of crews entering a home or business built up and maintained consumer confidence and reinforced that employee safety really is the number one priority. Masks and social distancing went a long way.  

Also, listening to employees and providing better lanes of open communication with supervisors helped uneasy teammates eventually become more comfortable and productive. Once safety regulations and rules were explained thoroughly and became routine, crews shared their own ideas that turned out to be the most creative solutions to further COVID-19 safety protocols. Allowing crews time for understanding and the sharing of their own personal beliefs and viewpoints continues to be a best practice that is not going anywhere anytime soon.  

Bringing it Home 

One employee suggestion that had traction and was later adopted by many utilities was allowing first responders to take their vehicles home. Employees took pride in having the vehicles and bucket trucks parked in their very own driveways, and it unintentionally provided a way for energy providers to be more visible in the community. Wrench time was also amplified as those entrusted with fleet vehicles could drive directly to the job site from their front door.  

For those without vehicles to bring home, the best practice became to stage trucks in yards and letting employees drive right up to their work vehicles. The savings mounted quickly as the wrench time produced by this one item alone increased the daily work that was being accomplished. There was no lingering at the coffee pot as crews would get in and head right out to a job site. Utilities found that daily shift briefings were delaying exit times and that once you got out of your employees’ way and let them work, productivity margins were enhanced and exceeded. 

Remote working is another best practice. As noted above with work vehicles, when operation teams were allowed to work from home, the amount of increased productivity was notable. Brick and mortar operating centers are not always needed in the new normal and we rely on more tech to get the job done. 

In the cloud 

Many new opportunities during 2020 were identified that will change business for the better, such as using the processing power of the cloud to deal with fluctuating resource demand needs. The integration of SAAS platforms like the ARCOS Resource Management Platform into the daily resource routine has become an operating standard. ARCOS Crew Manager is an essential solution that was rapidly adopted to keep employees safe while continuing to get work completed. It was configured in new, unique ways. By using dashboards suggested by operation teams, it can display the availability of crews no matter if it is blue or grey sky making activation and notification a breeze across the company. Whether on a job site or virtual, it has become part of the resource transition solution that keeps crews aligned with work rules and business contracts. ARCOS’s Mobile capabilities are being used as a best practice to keep work pods and employee separation in place while still filling and completing work tickets.  

What’s Evolving 

The pandemic forced us to think out of the box in the way we conduct business. It made leaders get more comfortable with the virtual world. It’s shown that some positions can flourish by working from home. It’s reduced travel time. Now you don’t have to travel 5 hours for a 2-hour meeting in the territory you cover. You can sign on virtually and gain your travel time back while saving on gas and mileage.  

The pandemic has also helped culturize ICS and emergency planning – and made it top of mind. There has always been a question of if emergency management is needed in whatever is being done – from daily briefings to how a district may need coverage after an event. Utilities are seeing a strengthened bond of cross departmental coordination that is now approaching this dilemma as a single emergency and ICS management team.  

As work is being assigned electronically, job folders are becoming a thing of the past too. Working remotely is giving utilities the ability for an employee to immediately jump on a problem. You no longer must wait to come into the office before problems are remedied.  

All the above are best practices that are evolving and being defined by the pandemic lessons provided by 2020. The pandemic may have surprised the industry, but as always, we met it with thought, tenacity and ingenuity that will continue to provide even more best practices as we move through 2021 and beyond. Let ARCOS help 

FEMA Funding Before or After an Emergency

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As with anything in business, there are risks to your operation that can be mitigated before they disastrously impact your organization. Many times, however – the question is how? How do I prepare for emergent events so they do not disrupt my daily operations to a major degree and what tools can I use to prepare? The United States endured 22 separate weather and climate related disasters that EACH caused over $1 billion in damages, and if you take the total of all events the damage soars to nearly $100 billion dollars according to this White House Fact Sheet. 

FEMA Funding Before an Emergent Event 

The good news is, there are resources available to critical infrastructure companies to help them prepare for major weather events. This is especially important as we near one of the most tumultuous parts of the year when it comes to disasters. Not only do we have hurricane season in the Southern and Eastern parts of America, but there is also the impending wildfire season in the Western region of the country. 

There is hope if your critical infrastructure company is wondering how it can fund resources to help prepare for these events. President Biden, in a recent address from the FEMA headquarters, has enacted legislation to increase funds available to private and public sector companies from $500 million last year to a total of $1 billion in 2021. The funds that are now available are through FEMA’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program. 

FEMA Funding After an Emergent Event 

Most emergencies are handled at the local level, without assistance from the state or federal government. However, major disasters or emergencies that disrupt the normal functioning of critical infrastructure companies and communities are eligible for monetary assistance through FEMA. There is a wide range of categories that qualify for FEMA reimbursement, including: 

  • Debris removal for Utility and Public Works Companies 
  • Restoration and Reconstruction of Critical Infrastructure companies 
  • Funds for Critical Infrastructure Companies to mitigate future disasters 

How Can We Help? 

ARCOS has positioned itself as an industry leader to help critical infrastructure and utility organizations with disaster planning, mitigation and management. With ARCOS Incident Manager, you can develop an in-depth, agile restoration plan that keeps you informed of your available resources and personnel. Also, ARCOS doesn’t just focus on before the storm. With other available resources like ARCOS Callout and ARCOS Crew Manager, we can help ensure your response to an emergent event is organized and executed properly and quickly. With storm season on the horizon, get in touch with us soon to see how ARCOS can help your organization. 

How Automation Can Increase your Gas-Leak Response Rate

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For over 14 years, Central Hudson Gas & Electric has been at the top of their game when it comes to efficiency and response time. By using an automated callout system, the utility has responded on average to 99.8% of gas leak calls in 60 minutes or less since 2007. But if we were to visit Central Hudson Gas & Electric before 2005, it would have been a different story. 

The After-Hours Callout of Yesteryear 

In the early 2000s, Central Hudson dispatchers were manually handling emergency callout via a paper-based process: AKA, calling available employees one call at a time.  Dispatchers had to figure out who to call based on who was eligible for the job, what kind of workers they needed, and who was on vacation. As you can imagine, after-hours callout was a time-consuming and tedious process that took dispatchers’ attention away from focusing on many other critical tasks surrounding emergency management. 

When it comes to gas emergencies, time is of the essence. And with safety being your top priority, manual processes around emergency callouts (like phone calls, spreadsheets, or even whiteboards) can slow down your efforts to make it to the trouble as quickly as possible.

Welcome to 2021 and Beyond 

With the technology, innovation, and the ARCOS Resource Management platform at your fingertips, these struggles are far in the rearview mirror.  Once a pen and paper operation, Central Hudson now uses ARCOS Callout and Crew Manager for both daily operations and emergency events, leading to faster response times, and an increased focus on other essential aspects of emergency management.   

Are you currently using paper and spreadsheets to manage your after-hours callout and crews? What processes are holding you back? ARCOS offers a fully automated Resource Management platform to bring you into the world of automation, whether it is getting the right people to the job on time, managing crews, responding to and managing emergencies, and much more.  Check out our new Central Hudson Gas & Electric case study to learn more about their success with the ARCOS Resource Management Platform. 

Increasing Severity: Emergency and Incident Management Before, During and After Weather Events

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2020 was a historic year. While thoughts immediately turn to COVID-19, more danger was in the air than any facemask or PPE could possibly contain.  

2020 is notable for being the most active hurricane season on record. 30 total named storms rattled the Atlantic basin, including three that blew in before the official start of the season on June 1st. And unfortunately, data is alerting forecasters and weather experts that this trend is not ending anytime soon. Attributable to rising sea temperatures, the number of named storms and category 3 hurricanes or stronger have steadily grown year to year over the last three decades. Shattering the previous record of 28 named storms during 2005’s active season, there is real concern about emergency and incident management preparedness in this future of increasing weather events. 

With the amount of these events compounding and the over-development of coastlines, utilities have done a great job keeping up with restoration efforts, but there are still three emergency and incident management efforts that the industry is looking to master: 

  1. Calling up of ICS or other emergency management protocols
  2. Assigning and accounting for crews, contractors, and mutual assistance providers
  3. Post-event reporting for storm-cost recovery and FEMA reimbursement
     

Thankfully, there are software solutions for all three. 

Clickable ICS at your fingertips 

ARCOS Incident Manager was created as an answer to the industry’s request to speed up and better manage Incident Command Structures and emergency management hierarchies. Thoroughly tested by leading utilities since its inception, Incident Manager eliminates spreadsheets and binders as it effectively brings efficiency and organization for a quick and simple roll-out of any emergency management protocol. It saves valuable time as events escalate and is scalable as storms intensify or wane. 

Full Situational Awareness 

Working with utilities, ARCOS also developed Crew ManagersMART and Resource Assist. Crew Manager helps utilities to quickly identify which crews, vehicles and equipment are available for work and wherewhile assigning and tracking the resources. Resource Assist allows utilities to call on outside contractors and utility service providers quickly by utilizing ARCOS’s own contractor management matrix that standardizes rosters and removes confusing language, so bottlenecks don’t occur. sMART can then be used to expedite restoration efforts by providing mobile crew location data and logistics for the external crews tapped to help with mutual assistance. 

Fast Forward and Go Back to Any Point in History 

The best part of an integrated incident and emergency management system like ARCOS is the ability to travel back to any point in time. The ARCOS Resource Management platform provides one source of truth that is essential for reporting and future emergency planning. By date or using ARCOS’s event wrapper, reports can be generated for any stakeholders internal or external. Reimbursements from FEMA can be collected and dispensed quickly and any contractor data can be reviewed with an assurance that the reports are showing exactly what happened, by whom, when and where. The ARCOS Resource Management platform eliminates disputes while providing a faster way to recoup storm restoration costs. 

Disruptive weather events may continue to escalate but the way to manage and properly prepare for them is very clear. Find out more about the ARCOS Resource Management platform and how it can provide efficient opportunities for emergency and incident management. Our Automating the Foundations of Incident Management video series is a great place to start.  

Meeting the Sustainability and Emission Reduction Challenge

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In 2020, emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) by the U.S. electric power sector were 1,448 million metric tons, which accounted for about 38% of total U.S. primary energy consumption, and roughly 32% of total U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions. Breaking things down even further, coal accounted for 54% and natural gas for 44% of those CO2 emissions. Emissions from burning petroleum fuels and non-biomass waste (mainly plastics) in waste-to-energy power plants and emissions from some types of geothermal power plants accounted for about 2% of power sector CO2 emissions. 

Are utilities still on the path to reduce carbon emissions by midcentury?  

The Sierra Club doesn’t think so. Critical of pledges and what they see as modest reductions, they released a report at the beginning of the year suggesting the power sector must do more now to reach an 80% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030. They believe the proposed net-zero carbon emissions policy by 2050 is just a dream if utilities don’t take drastic action soon.  

But never count the utility industry out. This is a challenge that is being met head-on with meticulous thought, planning and care. By moving too soon and abandoning fossil-fueled power plants, the industry has demonstrated reliability disruptions would be prevalent across the country, and costs would rise immediately. Those costs would manifest as extreme price hikes passed on to customers. That is not the way the industry wants to address sustainability and green concerns.  

Companies like Duke Energy have outlined their long-term plans to reach the clean energy goals. The proposal is a stout and realistic view of what they need to do to generate and exceed the 23,200 megawatts currently produced before they retire coal-fired and aging natural gas power plants and replace them with wind, solar and other sustainable options – WHILE creating additional capacity.     

Other companies are rethinking current processes, the resources they have and retooling everything from the ground up. Using solutions like the ARCOS Resource Management Platform, they are finding quicker ways to build the bottom blocks of their zero-emissions goal foundation. Paperless and with one source of truth reporting capabilities in a single platform, efficient resourcecrewcontractor and work management is helping define their path to zero-emissions success.  

The incredible shift in energy consumption, generation, and distribution over the next 29 years has started. Let ARCOS help your organization reach your sustainability destination. Contact us to learn more.  

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