Power utilities face continuous pressure to meet regulatory and infrastructure standards with competitive and financial factors always top of mind. To help utilities meet and exceed these expectations, EN Engineering provides expertise as a utility-focused management and consulting engineering company. Our expertise extends from points of generationto transmission and distribution across the entire power delivery spectrum of gas and electric utilities. We operate as a national firm with a regional focus, staffing offices and teams fully dedicated to serving client needs and demand. Our “bench strength” is also renowned, with many of the nation’s leading experts in the power utility field driving the strategy of client solutions and implementation. To provide maximal value, many of our professionals perform in collaborative roles within power utilities to engineer and consult on infrastructure, documentation, upgrades, new commissions, and long-term planning and development. As a result, a predominant portion of our business is repeat clients who benefit from our partnered approach in delivering effective programs, best practices, and safety protocols in the power utilities industry.
Planning for design or upgrades in electric distribution systems requires extensive knowledge of the infrastructure and systems involved in the power grid. Our expertise in distribution planning analysis tools, substation and feeder design, voltage control, and grid modernization programs emerges from decades of firsthand experience working for power producers, utilities, commercial or industrial facilities, and municipalities where power distribution fulfills its mission. Our engineering teams coordinate capacity expansion and delivery projects to improve system reliability including downtown networks, power lines, and underground planning, which includes inspections and permitting before commissioning. EN geospatial and data analytics provides support that concisely identifies the structure and condition of all distribution equipment and lines to comply with NESC and serve as design support for planning and upgrades. Just as importantly, our automation teams provide tools to deliver enhanced reporting and documentation across distribution routes from rural to urban locations.
Distribution utility companies need to establish plans for meeting increased customer demands for improved reliability and resiliency which typically includes implementing advanced self-healing power restoration equipment using operations technology. These communications based technologies can also enable such advancements as AMI, DER resource integration, electrification, and Microgrid integration as well as other customer choice and demand side programs for alternative energy. The technological challenges are significant for power delivery companies with aging infrastructure and outdated and obsolete equipment that is currently managing the grid. EN engineering specializes in defining these issues and bringing comprehensive expertise to bear on each aspect of functionality from the points of distributed generation to the interconnection and transitioning of smart equipment to the grid. Grid modernization requires the “big picture” understanding and knowledge of the leading technologies necessary to implement a reliable, safe, flexible and cost effective power grid. Your customers, regulatory environment and operational requirements are unique and EN Engineering can provide tailored solutions to navigate those complexities and help execute the actions necessary to transform the grid for your customers.
Network protection and grid engineering for downtown electrical supply depends on a plan to calculate loads and position infrastructure to handle system disturbances with network isolation where power is redirected without interruption of service. That consistency and reliability emerges through a series of preventative measures of equipment responding to system abnormalities. These begin with a data-driven assessment of existing equipment and infrastructure to determine real-time expected load conditions at every spot of the network. With that data picture in hand, EN engineers develop recommendations and set up utility grids linked with network protectors. These include breakers, relays, fuses and other means of sectionalizing and isolating parts of the grid to redirect power following isolation and prevent a larger collapse in service to the broader grid.
Transmission and Distribution (T&D) teams managing extensive networks often require support to stay ahead of maintenance programs and collaborate with key partners. The commitment to those agreements and associated responsibilities can overwhelm even the most competent staff and field service technicians. EN engineers provide direct leadership planning and support to give utilities and their telecommunication partners assurance that these assets get managed for safety, compliance, and optimal performance. With a nationwide presence structured around regional offices, our joint use program management teams offer expertise in requirements aligned with national, state, and local statutes. EN engineers are there when you need them, including remote communications technologies, to troubleshoot and deliver solutions in every circumstance.
Overhead grid assets, including utility poles, lines for electrical and communications wiring, and supply space equipment, stand at perpetual risk from a wide range of harmful or threatening conditions. From dry heat and fire to soaking rains, sudden washouts, and devastating winds, the weather is a perpetual challenge in every region. Utility poles fall prey to wood rot for a host of reasons. Pole testing using Resistograph System technology is employed by EN Engineering to measure wood resistance and conditions accurately to detect and measure cracks, voids, cavities, and decay inside a utility pole that visual or traditional sound and bore examination misses. Resistograph technology eliminates the guesswork in detecting wood decay even from below ground level, including poles set in concrete and asphalt. EN engineers also inspect supply space equipment, line condition, and performance factors to provide complete documentation of every asset in use. That level of detail is why our partners trust EN Engineering for complete utility pole and line inspection.
Distribution overhead or underground line design involves factors as diverse in scale from regional climate trends to local soil compositions. Tapping into that level of expertise is why clients of EN Engineering turn to our nationwide company with its network of regional offices. We offer broad-based knowledge and a local familiarity gained from designing and implementing overhead and underground line design in every setting from the urban environments to backcountry wilds. We help you gain a deep understanding of overhead versus underground design options using data-driven financial and risk assessment to determine successful preventative and crisis management tactics such as fire hardening, storm response, and regional variables affecting line design. Our industry-tested line design teams dedicate their expertise to the long-term success of our clients/partners.
In an ideal world, power generation utilities maintain a reliable communications network to measure, manage, and document performance output in real-time. Yet aging infrastructure and outdated telecommunications equipment are often the reality, and it can require a significant investment in time and money to bring support technologies up to speed. Identifying critical opportunities for equipment and strategy upgrades is a vital first step. EN Engineering serves as a partner with utilities nationwide to bring practical and strategic insight to bear on upgrades including fiber design in utility telecommunications. EN is a leading source of automation technology for power generation and delivery markets, providing direction in infrastructure upgrades, software development including SCADA design, substation relays, and implementation across networks and enterprise systems.
The distribution grid is rapidly changing with the integration of innovative smarter technologies that continues to transform the grid of previous generations. Our team of industry experts offers decades of direct utility analysis and consulting experience spanning a wide range of services from the complexities of downtown secondary networks to grid modernization and the emergence of alternative energy resources such as DER, EV, BESS, and microgrids. Whether supporting power flow, voltage Arcflash, or protection analysis for interconnections, capacity or reliability studies, or complex ‘self-healing’ distribution automation scheme development, EN Engineering partners closely with our clients to optimize solutions at the planning and analysis phase to ensure the most robust and cost effective solutions are developed for our clients and their customers.
The future of electricity use in the transportation world is a flexibly-managed grid where energy spreads and flows. That means the electrical grid is taking on an entirely new business model that functions as a massive exchange system. This new model is data-driven and multiple-sourced and is preparing to replace the static, traditional distribution network pushing power to users for generations. This modernization trend aligns with emerging energy demands just as the transportation industry becomes a source of use and exchange in the power grid. Increasing demand presents opportunities and challenges for everyone connected to the network or operating microgrids. That includes energy developers, utilities, transportation managers, municipalities, and emerging technology providers such as wind, solar, and battery storage providers. To navigate this new universe, EN Engineering offers vital data capabilities to drive analysis for planning and design, grid modification and modernization, and syncing emerging technology with the traditional grid. While no one can predict the future, the economics of the energy industry eventually point to a future where electricity fuels the transportation industry.
Power distribution facilities looking to improve operational performance and effectiveness are increasingly turning to insights provided by data analytics to improve productivity, efficiency, and safety. EN begins the process by identifying the real-time function of critical assets and how effectively they connect. These assessments include geospatial engineering measurements to identify, measure, and analyze all assets’ locations and real-time conditions. Once this picture develops, data is available from the functionality of specific machines to measure the performance of entire enterprise systems and the assets they manage. Data maturity provides the ability to troubleshoot in real time or generate predictive models useful in management decisions. These analytics provide the intelligence necessary to map and perform upgrades either in stages or comprehensively, including all-new systems. EN’s commitment to data democratization means your organization owns everything generated in these processes. Our role is to help you set up and leverage these capabilities to achieve superior results now and in the future.
Power utilities face challenges ranging from resource limitations of managing large infrastructure programs to high demand for unique experiences to help support technical projects and complex program implementation. Proper project planning demands more precise cost and schedule development and controls for system upgrades, installations, and commissioning. More complex work scopes in Grid Modernization program management include aspects of real time communication, metering, and controls integrating equipment into advanced utility distribution management systems. More detailed documentation is necessary for infrastructure change control, collaboration with the team following a detailed work break down structure to determine critical paths that ensure interrelated complexities are known and managed through permitting and implementation. These processes often require on-site and managerial collaboration within the Project Management Office and strong communication plans with the client and stakeholders to plan and achieve the best results. In response to these needs, EN engineers provide the capability, depth of knowledge, and progressive industry insights to guide power utilities through every step and scale of operational improvement, safety, and performance. Best practices are implemented throughout the program management process to provide unmatched excellence from project initiation to close out.
Routing, siting, and permitting power delivery projects has evolved into a data-driven process to position assets for optimal safety, maximized efficiency, and value. Routing line assets and siting substations benefit from data gathered through tools such as GIS data analytics. Furthermore, we have depth of experience navigating requirements from the Department of Transportation, railroad, waterway as well as overcoming environmental challenges. We identify potential conflicts early in the process and have a depth of experience coordinating with the agencies and organizations to garner buy-in during the conceptual phases of a project. Our ability to identify challenging easement conflicts and engage in critical customer communication in siting phases of projects can also be a way to save the utility many heartaches and later schedule delays. These insights enable power delivery projects to define viable prospective paths, calculate routing impacts, and target the optimum connection points that conform best to the targeted schedule. EN Engineering brings this level of expertise to life from concept to completion, guiding developers or existing facility networks through the physical and financial processes of determining the best approach to implement their assets. EN also leads client partners through the regulatory and permitting processes required for traditional utilities, emerging technologies, owner engineers, and industrial or private customers.
The technology driving power transmission to transmit power from plants to distribution substations is evolving as new power sources connect to the grid. Electric transmission now connects of a mixture of different intermittent sources such as renewable solar and wind resources, energy storage, as well as coupled systems of renewable and storage hybrid facilities. With the influx of these emerging technologies from non-traditional generation sources comes a larger degree of power production variability than traditional power plants would require. This introduces planning, operational, and regulatory process challenges associated with the system upgrades necessary to meet the evolving power needs of the system. We partner with clients on planning studies, facilities engineering and design, owners engineering and commissioning, geospatial data and analysis, environmental/jurisdictional permitting, as well as project and construction oversight. Our teams analyze relay control systems and deploy software technology where appropriate to improve facility operational performance, including real-time reporting for troubleshooting. Our NERC compliance consulting area provides technical support for all reliability requirements to provide evidence of your facilities’ compliance. Our goal is to help our clients fill gaps in expertise or periods of high workload to support companies that maintain transmission reliability.
Power utilities face challenges ranging from resource limitations of managing large and complex infrastructure projects to high demand for unique experiences to help support technical projects through coordination implementation. Proper project planning demands more precise cost and schedule development and controls for system upgrades and new greenfield infrastructure installations. Complex work scopes in transmission project management include aspects of routing, siting, and permitting of transmission line structures, substations, or underground facilities traversing congested areas. More rigorous evaluations, regulatory processes, outage management, and construction sequencing often require on-site managerial collaboration using communications plans for coordinating client expectations with project stakeholders to lower overall project risk and assure the best results. In response to these needs, EN engineers provide the capability, depth of knowledge, and progressive industry insights to guide power utilities through every step and scale of infrastructure improvement, safety, and performance. Best practices are implemented throughout the program management process to provide unmatched excellence from project initiation to close out.
Engineering new power delivery facilities takes insight and personnel experience to deliver success from the owner or developer perspective. EN Engineering specializes in providing engineering, design, project management and support services to help deliver safe and reliable solutions for transmission and substation projects for electrical and telecommunication clients. We excel at eliminating risks through identifying engineering error before they are issued for construction and potentially impact commissioning. We also excel at taking the guesswork out scheduling and sequencing construction outages requiring complex work sequencing to ensure schedule tolerances are managed alongside any other public, environmental, or regulatory management considerations. The result is a far more predictable and secure owner’s engineer process from beginning to end. From feasibility studies and detailed design to project management and construction support, EN Engineering is a trusted provider of expert engineering services in the electric utility and telecommunication industry.
Consulting on project development can begin at many points along the path from a conceptual screening to commissioning. Typically the process begins with establishing the framework for sound decision-making, especially on new initiatives and technologies or those proposed for competitive solicitation. EN Engineering guides project development for interconnection projects seeking to plan and assess project viability, constructability, engineering effectiveness, capital cost, potential alternatives, and to expected timelines for commercial service and start up schedules. To achieve these aims, our engineering experts conduct reviews of the guiding principles of the project design, regional policy considerations, environmental, permitting, and regulatory requirements, as well as the financial analysis in the form of a business case to determine each project’s market potential. All these factors combine to predict the project’s probability of reaching the expected outcome so you have the information necessary to decide ‘what, whether, when, and how’ to proceed forward. EN encompasses the expertise at a national level guiding the development of hundreds of power deliver projects while maintaining the perspective and understanding of the underlying regional level policies to perform the project development role in localized and custom way to meet your specific goals.
EN Engineering offers a suite of comprehensive transmission system analysis and planning services that analyze, identify, explain, and solve complex technical issues for transmission owners. Our team of industry experts has decades of former utility transmission network modeling and analysis experience, including RTO level transmission analysis as well as NERC reliability standard required analysis. Our expansive team covers a range of services, from system-wide grid assessments to interconnection study support. We also assist our clients in navigating complex RTO policies affecting regional grid planning and competitive solicitation processes. Whether it is traditional steady-state analysis for capital planning and project development or investigating grid stability under an array of system conditions, the EN Engineering team has the expertise to perform robust and comprehensive system analysis on any portion of the transmission system.
Examining the viability of a power delivery development project requires due diligence on the type and compatibility of the infrastructure, equipment, paths, and interconnection strategies proposed for the project. EN engineers act in a consulting role for both technical and financial assessments. The breadth of this analysis extends to procurement, where industry connections and insights can save clients millions of dollars through intelligent sourcing. That level of insight extends across all areas of due diligence services, with EN acting as an independent inspector and advocate through all aspects of project assessment. Our high rate of client retention in all business sectors is a key indicator that our due diligence processes earn long-term relationships with our clients.
Routing, siting, and permitting power delivery projects has evolved into a data-driven process to position assets for optimal safety, maximal productivity, and interconnection value. Routing line assets and siting substations benefit from data gathered through tools such as GIS data analytics. These insights enable power delivery projects to define existing assets and identify prospective paths, calculate routing impacts, target interconnection points, and plan protection and power relays. EN Engineering brings this level of expertise to life from concept to completion, guiding developers or existing facility networks through the physical and financial processes of determining the best use of assets. EN also leads client partners through the regulatory and permitting processes required for traditional utilities, emerging technologies, owner engineers, and industrial or private customers.
The developing market in High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) and Flexible Alternating Current Transmission Systems (FACTS) requires technical expertise and planning capacity that frequently exceeds the knowledge and availability of in-house resources. EN Engineering delivers the technical and design resources needed to drive projects from concept to completion. Our experts lead the way in HVDC development, improvement of control and protection systems, integration of FACTS systems, and the essential groundwork of environmental assessments, permitting, commissioning, and ongoing management services.
Transmission facilities looking to upgrade operational performance and effectiveness are increasingly turning to insights provided by data analytics to improve productivity, efficiency, and safety. EN begins the process by identifying the real-time function of critical assets and how effectively they connect. These assessments include geospatial engineering measurements to identify, measure, and analyze all assets’ locations and real-time conditions. Once this picture develops, data is available from the functionality of specific machines to measure the performance of entire enterprise systems and the assets they manage. Data maturity provides the ability to troubleshoot in real time or generate predictive models useful in management decisions. These analytics provide the intelligence necessary to map and perform upgrades either in stages or comprehensively, including all-new systems. EN’s commitment to data democratization means your organization owns everything generated in these processes. Our role is to help you set up and leverage these capabilities to achieve superior results now and in the future.
By working with EN Engineering, the challenge of meeting regulatory standards and compliance in power delivery is complicated by factors such as aging equipment, employee turnover, and the pressures of conducting daily operations. Choosing EN Engineering as a compliance assurance and testing partner bridges the gap between available resources and pending deadlines for compliance. The insights of our direct experience subject matter experts help companies stay ahead of the NERC compliance curve while building a framework for the client to maintain a robust compliance culture. With decades of regulatory experience including NERC testing on which to draw upon, our team reviews your company’s internal controls, performs technical assessments, testing, power system studies, and produces the necessary reports and evidence as documentation. These provide the foundation for self-certification, spot checks, and regional regulatory audit preparation. Lean organizations benefit significantly from the planning insights and support provided by EN Engineering.
The demand for new and upgraded substation infrastructure never ceases. Nor do the challenges stand still, as the process of siting, design, and permitting for new facilities is a continually evolving proposition. Meanwhile, upgrading substations to bring infrastructure in line with regulatory and operational standards and achieve safe, efficient functionality is undergoing a digital transformation. Accomplishing these diverse tasks in the face of aging or outdated infrastructure often requires outside expertise. To help substations meet these demands, EN Engineering brings deep insight and progressive technology into play. With renewable and emerging technology taking on a more significant role in the power delivery market, it is vital to consider how a proposed or upgraded substation will function within the greater power grid, microgrids, and other purposes. We provide engineering support from concept to commissioning with a forward-thinking, national organization with regional offices across the country. From large industrial and utility customers to small municipalities and developers, EN Engineering provides analysis, consulting, and planning services in substation transmission and distribution. As always, the best plans begin with reliable cost estimates and insights on quality specifications and recommendations. That includes owner engineering, where siting assessment and the practicality of project execution are vital to understanding the potential success and functionality of planned substations.
Substation engineering often demands documentation on existing infrastructure status and performance to begin the program management process. Facilities lacking history or seeking to upgrade management processes benefit from automation. All these processes require on-site and managerial collaboration within the Project Management Office to plan and achieve the best results. In response to these needs, EN engineers provide the capability, depth of knowledge, and progressive industry insights to guide power utilities through every step and scale of operational improvement, safety, and performance for substations relaying energy from power generation to delivery. Our consulting services includes best practices designed to train managers and deliver better results for next-generation assurance.
Creating an optimal new electrical substation or modernizing an existing facility requires ‘big picture’ expertise combined with exceptional attention to detail from conceptual development to commission. The top priorities always include project scope and cost analysis, factors determined by examination and location of components, sourcing and procuring equipment, securing siting when necessary, and permitting for approval, all with aesthetic, regulatory, and environmental concerns in mind. Utilities, owner engineers, and renewable power sources all depend on EN Engineering for consulting, planning, and analysis of substation engineering. Our services include retrofitting and modernization, transmission and distribution interconnection, relay protection, and SCADA. This broad spectrum of expertise serves the needs of traditional power generation and delivery clients and progressive applications, including microgrids and downtown networks. As a national firm with strategically located regional offices, our clients choose EN Engineering for high-level competency supported with localized knowledge to smoothly guide the process of substation engineering through design, analysis, and construction. When it comes time to replace or shut down outdated infrastructure, EN engineers oversee projects for safe decommissioning.
Owners, managers, and operators of transmission and distribution substations recognize one of the most important sets of system components that allow the reliable and safe operation of an electric substation. Protective relaying and control systems are responsible for receiving and sending signals to major operating components in a substation such as circuit breakers and switches to quickly operate. Such systems also must coordinate and send signals to circuit breakers at other stations that may be hundreds of miles away to isolate a faulty transmission line facilities quickly before the short circuit causes incremental outages or damage to the grid. EN provides protection and controls engineering services to clients ranging from utilities seeking ways to overhaul aging systems at existing stations to clients seeking new designs or protection system studies to support their new substation facilities. Within the realm of substation engineering, EN delivers deep expertise in performing industry leading protection and controls design support for transmission down to distribution level voltages protecting and controlling a wide array of equipment from substation buses to circuit breakers, lines, capacitor banks, reactors, transformers, and generators. To ensure human safety performance, EN also provides arc flash evaluation and mitigation support for distribution and power generation facilities.
Planning new power generation facilities takes insight that is not always available from the owner or developer perspective. That is why clients turn to EN Engineering for consultation and direction for owner’s engineers. Our experts apply state-of-the-art analysis and assessment tools to generate valuable decision-making data for substation siting, development, and permitting. Our experts in finance, procurement, and implementation interpret those findings to provide a clear picture of the efficiency, safety, and profitability of substations, including gas-insulated switchgear and substations. We excel at eliminating guesswork in many categories, including testing, commissioning, interconnection, environmental and regulatory management. The result is a far more predictable and secure owner’s engineer process from beginning to end.
Testing the load and balance of a new electrical substation is a requirement before commissioning, but the quality of expertise brought to the task determines its near-term impact in terms of efficiency, system availability, and operational integrity. In support of our clients across the full scale of substations from large utilities to local microgrids, EN Engineering plans and executes the testing process of going live before customer loads enter the system. Our engineering teams provide support and direction to test current levels and distance, settings, relay functions, and metering. Determining the right methodologies for testing the components and design of a specific substation is the differentiator when moving a substation through the commissioning process. EN Engineering is a trusted resource offering national resources and regional offices staffed with leading experts in substation engineering.
High-voltage gas-insulated substations deliver compact performance in many applications. These facilities serve many purposes from an aesthetic and environmental standpoint. Yet these facilities are less subject to external damage from weather and chemical elements. For these reasons, gas-insulated substations and switchyards are highly suitable for high-voltage applications. Due to their compact size, they serve well in areas where space or neighborhood restrictions prevent traditional substations, and where extreme environments of heat or cold impact performance. As a national firm with wide expertise in cost analysis and planning for substation/switchyard engineering, we deliver insights few other firms can offer. Our staff in regional offices across the country also provide valuable state and local knowledge for every phase of substation development from concept to completion.
Substation project development involves an often-complex series of discovery processes leading to the design of a facility from the ground grid design up to equipment and systems necessary to deliver power safely and predictably. As consultants, our projects range from small scale microgrid substations to networks of substations servicing larger scale utilities and industrial operations. Our integrated approach to substation project development offers financial analysis and procurement advice to optimize cost savings and return on investment. But most of all, EN Engineering provides the services of leading experts in substation project development, trusted resources who are staffed in all parts of the country to guide our clients to successful outcomes in substation design and commissioning.
Routing, siting, and permitting power delivery projects has evolved into a data-driven process to position assets for optimal safety, maximal productivity, and interconnection value. Routing line assets and siting substations benefit from data gathered through tools such as GIS data analytics. These insights enable power delivery projects to define existing assets and identify prospective paths, calculate routing impacts, target interconnection points, and plant protection and power relays. EN Engineering brings this level of expertise to life from concept to completion, guiding developers, or existing facility networks through the physical and financial processes of determining the best use of assets. EN also leads client partners through the regulatory and permitting processes required for traditional utilities, emerging technologies, owner engineers, and industrial or private customers.
As part of the electric grid connecting transmission and distribution lines, the substation’s location is critical to its optimal function. However, that placement is not as simple as plotting a point on a map and plugging into the network. Factors that affect substation siting include environmental conditions ranging from sensitive habitats to the vicinity of a substation to human habitations. While substations vary widely in size and appearance, major emphasis is now on ways to minimize environmental impact in a given location. The basic amenities of concrete foundations and protective barriers for security are common to most substations. Still, gas-insulated substations and switchyards pull all equipment inside, enabling a considerably reduced visual profile while processing typically high voltage loads. EN Engineering provides the expertise necessary to assess this broad range of environmental objectives and their solutions in constructs ranging from single projects to systemic program management and direction. Additionally, our teams of engineers guide appropriate security measures for substations in every possible environment. Our national reach is staffed by strategically positioned regional offices so that our team can provide direct or remote consultation as needed.
The driving forces in power generation and delivery are market competition and the growing consumer demand for energy through the power grid. The third component in that mix are the requirements of regulatory and infrastructure standards. Helping power generation facilities keep these three forces in balance is our specialty at EN Engineering. We offer a national team of engineers drawn from the industries we serve. Our approach is client-focused and collaborative to help utilities and developers meet pressures to upgrade for competitive or demand reasons. With regional staff positioned across the country, clients know that EN Engineering is prepared to respond in the most urgent situations. Yet it is our ability to assess the existing condition of facilities, inspect the efficiency of operations and map out budget-conscious solutions in the face of growth and modernization pressures that makes our services so valuable to power generation clients.
The challenge of meeting regulatory standards and compliance in power generation is complicated by factors such as aging equipment, employee turnover, and the pressures of conducting daily operations. Choosing EN Engineering as a compliance and testing partner bridges the gap between available resources and compliance requirements and deadlines. EN Engineering offers decades of regulatory experience, including NERC, FAC, and PRC testing on which to draw on. Our team reviews your company’s internal controls, performs technical assessments and power system studies, and produces Reliability Standard Audit Worksheets (RSAWs) as documentation. These provide a solid foundation for self-certification, spot checks, and regional regulatory audit preparation. For organizations running lean on personnel, the compliance and testing services provided by EN Engineering are critical to meeting all regulatory requirements.
Power utilities face challenges ranging from infrastructure transition to shortages in expertise and time for project and program management. Proper planning and response to these needs demands intelligent cost analysis to determine the best options and schedules for upgrades, installations, and commissioning. That scope of work often demands documentation on existing infrastructure status and performance to start the permitting process and comply with all regulatory requirements. These processes often require on-site and managerial collaboration within the Project Management Office to plan and achieve the best results. In response to these needs, EN provides the capabilities, depth of knowledge, and progressive industry insights to guide power utilities through every step and scale of operational improvement, safety, and performance. Best practices are installed through this process of program management to provide better results in the near term and next-generation assurance.
Planning new power generation facilities or upgrading existing infrastructure takes insight that is not always available from the owner or developer perspective. That is why clients turn to EN Engineering for consultation and direction as owner’s engineers. Our experts apply state-of-the-art analysis and assessment tools to generate valuable decision-making data and interpret those findings to provide a clear picture of the efficiency, safety, and profitability of new or existing power generation facilities. We excel at eliminating guesswork in many categories, from financing to procurement, documentation to project schedules. These services include expert insights on siting and permitting, interconnection support, commissioning, and regulatory management. The result is a far more predictable and secure owner’s engineer process from beginning to end.
Owners and managers in the power generation industry face regulatory and economic pressures to upgrade existing facilities, install adequate protection and control systems, and build best practices into connectivity with the grid network. EN provides protection and controls engineering to clients ranging from utilities seeking ways to overhaul aging systems to developers seeking design and study for potential new facilities. Within the realm of substation engineering, EN delivers deep expertise in industry-test protection and controls for power generation facilities and substations, including arc flash prevention for power generation entities.
Consulting on project development can begin at many points along the path from siting to commissioning. Typically the process begins with establishing the framework for sound decision-making, especially on new initiatives. EN Engineering guides project development for generation facilities seeking to assess project potential, define options, establish planning and development goals, and build implementation schedules. To achieve these aims, our engineering experts provide technical screening analysis for viable locations near connecting infrastructure, services for siting and suitability, conduct reviews of environmental and regulatory requirements, and provide financial analysis studies to determine each project’s market potential. All these factors combine to establish the go-to-market strategy. EN provides the expertise of a national perspective and regional service consulting and project development role for many successful entities across the country.
The mission of EN Engineering interconnection support is to help power generation facilities plan and navigate through the interconnection process utilizing the best analytical information available to anticipate the expected outcomes of the regional planning coordinator’s evaluation process. Power generation projects seeking critical insights on costs and viability benefit from the perspectives delivered through System Impact Studies (SIS) and Facilities Studies (FS). Out of these processes emerge cost estimates and planning for direct-connect network upgrades and power flow screening analysis ranging from less than 20MW to over 1,600MW. Our highly qualified team of EN engineers has decades of experience dating from the early days of deregulation, including the technical aspects of Open Access Transmission Tariffs (OATT) to the most recent RTO process reforms. As projects progress, our teams guide power generation initiatives through interconnection request applications and Interconnection Service Agreements (ISA) and provide direction for projects aligned with the North American Reliability Corporation (NERC) and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). EN also advises on the economics of interconnection, including projected costs of reinforcing or upgrading assets, conducting time studies to determine the functional interconnection impact on networks, the threat of potential service interruptions, and preventing expensive mistakes from poor planning.
Power generation facilities looking to upgrade operations are increasingly turning to insights provided by data analytics to improve productivity, efficiency, and safety. The process begins by identifying the real-time function of critical assets and how effectively they connect within facilities and external networks. High-quality data is useful for troubleshooting problems in real-time and achieving more with systems ranging from the scale of specific machines up to entire enterprise systems to create predictive models useful in operational and management decisions. Though it often takes place in increments, achieving data maturity through analytics delivers the insights needed to map and install upgrades, conduct expansions, or plan all-new systems. EN’s commitment to data democratization means your organization owns everything generated in these processes. Our role is to help you create and leverage these capabilities to achieve superior results now and in the future.
Owners and managers in the power generation industry consistently face regulatory and economic pressures to upgrade existing facilities, install effective protection and control systems, and build best practices into connectivity with the grid network. EN provides protection and controls engineering to clients ranging from utilities seeking ways to overhaul aging systems to developers seeking design and study for potential new facilities. These include arc flash protection protocols for facilities ranging from large industrial complexes to small data centers. A safety limitations study can reveal potential sources of arc flash in equipment that is improperly rated, designed or installed. Yet not every problem is infrastructure-related. Identifying the cause and nature of potential energy level incidents often requires a broader perspective. It involves training on the impact of external factors such as dust or moisture accumulation, material failure, corrosion, and other conditions. EN Engineering provides deep expertise in industry-test protection and controls engineering, flash prevention, and safety training for power generation facilities and substations.
Examining the viability of a power generation development project requires due diligence on the type and compatibility of the infrastructure and equipment proposed for the project. EN engineers act in a consulting role for both technical and financial assessments. The breadth of this analysis extends to procurement, where industry connections and insights can save clients millions of dollars through intelligent sourcing. That level of insight extends across all areas of due diligence services, with EN acting as an independent inspector and advocate through all aspects of project assessment. Our high rate of client retention in all business sectors is a key indicator that our due diligence processes earn long-term relationships with our clients.
Developers and existing power generation facilities planning new infrastructure or upgrades to existing facilities face a complex array of siting and permitting challenges. That is especially true for developers running lean on personnel or facility teams occupied with daily operations. All benefit from the siting and permitting expertise provided by EN engineers, who guide the process from concept to completion. The powerful technology of GIS (geospatial) analytics provides data critical to making better decisions, including physical site placement and drawing a clear financial picture of all strategies and options. When projects are approved, EN consults on all regulatory and permitting processes required for traditional utilities, emerging technologies, owner engineers, and industrial or private customers.
The choice to engage in plant upgrades and retrofits depends on the condition of existing infrastructure and the potential operational benefits of investing in a renewal of plant design. Clients call on EN Engineering to provide analysis on the best options in plant upgrades and retrofits to achieve target capacities and operational effectiveness. EN experts conduct plant audits, metallurgical assessments, material flow rate testing, and data analysis to determine the best options for upgrades and retrofits. The data derived from these tests inform financial studies and projected return on investment. EN also delivers recommendations on safety improvement, applying new technology, and seeking the most efficient path to compliance with regulatory and environmental requirements. That is the balanced approach we take to helping our clients determine the best course of action in plant upgrades and retrofits.
Legacy equipment under stress loads beyond their original design constitutes a genuine threat to consistent, safe operations. Conducting high energy piping analysis helps power plant facilities identify and find and resolve factors such as seam-welded pipe failure, hanger-mounted pipe breakdown, excessive bending, or cyclic stresses due to fluctuating loads. EN conducts a comprehensive assessment of these and other challenges in piping conditions using 3D technology to determine pipe thickness, signs of cracking, creep damage, surface corrosion, and other metallurgical problems. High energy piping analysis creates a map on the predicted life cycle for piping, including recommendations for repair, replacement, inspection schedules, and outage prevention.
Protecting metal assets against corrosion is a question of being stealthier than the interaction between active materials and the elements. Power generation facilities call on EN engineers and metallurgy specialists to plan and provide cathodic protection through zinc or magnesium alloy (anode) links to draw off otherwise corrosive electrical charges as sacrificial protection. To plan cathodic protection, EN engineers and metallurgists consult with power generation facilities to assess pressures and conditions that lead to failure. Our staff includes leading metallurgists in the power generation field who guide teams of engineers working through our nationwide network of regional offices. That means EN clients get high-level expertise combined with local service and support.
Assessing the feasibility and functional potential of renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, hydro and emerging technologies is critical from multiple perspectives. These include operational factors such as power availability and interconnection, but also costs and practicality based on location and interconnectivity To make these decisions wisely, EN Engineering offers assessment tools such as inspection gap analyses that are known to save both prospective and active projects millions of dollars. Developers seeking insights on the viability of new solutions to sell power to delivery systems benefit greatly from assessments on land proximity, network connectivity, and NERC compliance. When it comes to implementation, our interconnection expertise identifies challenges in advance and bridges gaps that even existing players in the electrical industry are known to miss. Depending on the need for investigation, the technical, economic and engineering components of a renewable project can be assessed separately or together. That includes the potential impacts of environmental issues or regulatory constraints that often enter the process.
The outlook for solar energy in the foreseeable future is driven by photovoltaics (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP), the key technologies driving solar energy development projects. Syncing these energy technologies requires expertise in interconnection, storage, transmission, and data analytics to drive intelligent planning and integration. As one of the leading electrical energy engineering consulting companies in the United States, EN Engineering advises solar energy decision-makers and developers on technical and financial planning for solar energy producers nationwide.
Offshore wind technology holds enormous capacity for energy generation in the future. Planning and developing these resources require intelligent investment of expertise and financial resources. EN Engineering collaborates with energy developers to assess both capacity and potential profitability based on factors such as location, grid accessibility, interconnection, energy storage, and distribution. Designing a robust and maximally productive offshore wind facility is a matter of assessing numerous determining factors. These include environmental and regulatory measures, supporting access points for construction or deployment, approval, permitting, and interconnection.
By now the sight of onshore wind farms is common to most Americans. What isn’t well-known is how the energy created by those wind-driven blades gets developed and distributed to the grid. At EN Engineering, we do. Yet making that happen is not just a matter of plugging into the grid. Determining the proper points of interconnection to the utility grid that enable wind farm developers to plan accordingly with confidence in all aspects of operational and regulatory standards. Feasibility and impact studies are conducted to examine potential reliability impacts injecting power at locations. System reinforcements may be necessary to maintain delivery and reliability which can be an important cost component for the viability of the project. The distributed collector systems are designed based on maximize efficiency and output. The expertise offered by EN Engineering extends to managing the implementation to the generation interconnection to the grid operator or planning coordinator and supporting the ongoing management needs of the wind facility including maintaining compliance with NERC and any other regional compliance requirements.
The world of energy storage in response to renewable energy continues to evolve through traditional modes of capacity management such as pumped hydro to emerging technologies including thermal, compressed air, hydrogen, flywheels, batteries, and exchange systems accommodating energy return from these storage systems. Assessing the expense and practicality of these technologies, along with incentives such as renewable energy standards (RES) and renewable energy credits (REC) is where the nationwide expertise and regionally dedicated staff of EN Engineering is proving vital to the planning and success of energy storage projects across the United States.
The diversity of renewable energy sources contributing to distributed energy development requires immense expertise to resolve specific challenges in connecting to the grid. EN Engineering brings the power of data analytics to the task of helping energy partners achieve better performance and efficiency. Our clients also turn to us for expertise in local, state, and federal policies and regulations for insight on the practicality and affordability of distributed energy development projects. No matter the energy source, EN Engineering offers resources to help clients meet objectives and goals in distributed energy development. Our nationwide staff of power generation and delivery experts offers remote capability, automation, and regional support through strategically located offices.
Creating a microgrid frequently centers around financial objectives, including the ability to sell power back to the grid. Yet there are also practical and philosophical reasons why microgrids get developed for power generation, including energy independence and environmental considerations. Our front-end studies enable clients to determine the viability and affordability of microgrid strategies at all levels of implementation. Yet our engineering teams work hand-in-hand with clients in developing and managing microgrids at every stage and scale of operation from design to commissioning. These services deliver energy resiliency and enhance reliability including interconnection to the ever-evolving electric grid.
Growth in use of electric vehicles including hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and all-electric vehicles (EVs) in the United States is on the rise. As battery technology improves on many fronts, including lithium-ion batteries, nickel-metal hydride batteries, lead-acid batteries, and ultracapacitors, the potential for the practicality of using these electric vehicles as energy storage units with the ability to store and return energy to the grid has evolved as a component in a distributed energy industry system. Planning their connection to the grid in a distributed energy system is one of many ways EN Engineering is working toward the future of power generation and delivery.
High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) and Flexible AC Transmission Systems (FACTS) are opening new pathways to system planning where sources of renewable electricity are concerned. Variable sources of energy such as wind and solar farms produce periods of passive and active transmission. Processing this power for delivery requires entirely new management modes. With pending retirements of legacy power systems such as coal, the demand for versatility in connecting renewable power sources to the grid is growing by the day. Preparing for that future is what EN Engineering does for clients across a spectrum of needs. Our nationwide network of power generation and delivery experts and strategically located regional offices provides deep-level knowledge, remote functionality, and direct consultation and planning for every type of project.
Cogeneration works almost anywhere, which is why EN Engineering with its nationwide reach and strategically located regional offices is consulting with clients to plan generation projects nearer the point of consumption than other alternative energy sources. Our engineers deliver insight on repurposing existing facilities with thermal energy recapture, using a range of dedicated fuels to generate electricity and power onsite. The viability and cost-effectiveness of these techniques is proving valuable to a wide range of users. Capturing and repurposing energy makes sense, and EN Engineering provides the expertise to make it happen for clients across industrial, commercial, institutional, and public/private campuses across the United States.
As the energy grid expands thanks to distributed energy generation and storage, even formerly marginal energy sources such as renewable natural gas are proving their worth as next-generation solutions. Landfills and other methane sources such as agricultural plants and farms present considerable potential as biomethane natural gas producers. Helping companies put that energy source to use through upgrades to natural gas pipeline standards is just one of the ways that EN Engineering is providing support and direction in the renewable natural gas marketplace.
Automation serves the full range of needs in the power industry from major utility companies to site specific generators. Yet across this spectrum the staffing to improve and drive automation grows thinner by the year. That is why EN serves clients through national-level expertise and regionally functional teams to conceive or correct DCS and PLC functions on core and non-core processes. Every power facility or system requires strong foundational architecture. EN subject matter experts are specifically trained to address the challenges of our clients. That means efficiency when creating plans to meet budgets, timeframes, and personnel demands. The overall goal of automation is reliability, so our focus is finding the most intelligent, effective way to achieve that status and plan for the future. From improving coal yard operations to managing renewable energy connection and commissioning, the EN team excels in bringing automation to bear in serving your customers with utmost safety, productivity, and regulatory compliance.
Gathering information through SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) to drive power facility operations is just the starting point for process improvement. Identifying system shortcomings demands insights that aren’t always available in-house. Identifying cost efficient solutions and planning next-generation best practices are two of the most important ways that EN helps power industry clients find ways to solve problems and plan for the future. From solving communication challenges to creating SCADA interfaces that make practical sense to operators and managers, EN experts identify solutions that work. Our teams don’t sell equipment or market software, so our only vested interest is in helping clients achieve maximum efficiency through intelligent investment and management. We provide these services at every scale, from control rooms and screens to entire regional networks. Power industry clients trust us to improve reporting while identifying trends and correlations in system operations to achieve regulatory compliance. Automation is a powerful tool in the right hands. We make sure those hands are yours.
The “black box” inside every power plant is the excitation controls unit upon which all power generation operations depend. While plant managers recognize the importance of these functions, the expertise to calibrate, troubleshoot, and reprogram excitation controls is typically not available in-house. The expertise offered by EN Engineering includes technical capabilities trusted even by excitation control manufacturers in the design and testing of their systems. Our teams bring that level of knowledge to tasks in design and drawings, bid specs, engineering, and commissioning of excitation controls. Our experts are instrumental in directing mandated tests, including NERC PRC-019-1 and other regulatory standards. From routine calibration to emergency response due to malfunctions, EN Engineering is the complete support source from utilities to co-generation and remote sites wherever power is vital to sustain and deliver.
Meeting DCS and PLC challenges to manage core and non-core processes in the power industry is a question of finding trusted expertise to deliver the best outcomes. Utility companies and energy developers across the power industry spectrum depend on EN for advanced software knowledge and engineering experience to drive real world solutions. This trust is critical in an era when power companies are turning to outside resources on an increasing basis. Our ability to troubleshoot problems through DCS and PLC programming support is directly focused on helping our clients achieve and maintain reliability. That commitment means we respect budget boundaries and work collaboratively to establish the most effective course of action. That’s as true in a cycle of damage recovery as it is when planning upgrades or new projects. From a user perspective, we excel at eliminating redundant instrumentation, conquering unwanted trip events, and cutting down on operator error to save costs caused by utility penalties, equipment failure, and lost productivity for customers.
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