Hydroelectric, wind, biomass, wood, geothermal, and solar renewable energy sources generated about 13 percent of U.S. electricity in 2013. - U.S. Energy Information Administration
“[RETTEW] has always been our most responsive survey contractor. They are great to work with.” - New York Department of Environmental Protection
The U.S. Department of Energy is investing more than $10 million in projects to improve the reliability and resiliency of the U.S. electric grid. – U.S. Department of Energy
Much of the light we count on every day would not be possible without the dedication of utility companies and renewable energy efforts.
Utility companies are entering a new sphere of existence: deregulation leading to more funding, complicated security issues, an aging infrastructure, and retirements of long-term employees. Upgrades continue to improve the reliability of the grid, but decentralization hovers as an ongoing concern. As these improvements occur, utility companies are facing regulations they haven’t previously functioned under. Much of the development includes transitioning to less reliance on coal to meet regulatory requirements and finding more cost-effective generation practices. And while these changes are made, the mentality of consumers wanting to use energy without seeing or hearing its source or transmission sometimes hampers development.
Alternative energy sources are also moving forward with upgrades and improvements – wind power, solar, and geothermal. In many cases, state legislation has been finalized to meet certain renewable energy outputs in the next decade. These energy sources have significantly lower carbon footprints and extreme reliability. However, installation of such projects is heavily affected by tax credits. As renewable energy generation picks up speed, operators must be aware of the significant effort that goes into staying environmentally conscious through materials and construction.
RETTEW provides valuable services to the energy industry, from preliminary survey work guaranteeing the precision of improvements to environmental investigations and delineation during project planning. Our site investigations find the right location for utility or renewable energy development. RETTEW’s expertise in energy permitting regulations, energy use goals, and technology such as co-generation lets utilities remain a key player in today’s energy formula.