Support Infrastructure Maintenance Practices with Automated Utility Data

Honor Donnie  |  February 7, 2022   |  Energy & Sustainability  


In an effort to support his administration’s goal of achieving a net-zero economy by 2050, President Biden signed a $1 trillion infrastructure bill this past November. The comprehensive bill covers a plethora of things with the main focus being to target energy efficiency, renewable energy development, and grid modernization. With a $170 billion investment dedicated to improving power and water systems, it is clear that the president wants to raise America’s 2021 infrastructure rating. The power and water systems investments are broken down into three portions: $65 billion to rebuild the electric grid, $55 billion to upgrade water infrastructure, and $50 billion towards system resiliency. With a net-zero economy on the horizon, let’s explore how utilities can support infrastructure maintenance practices with automated utility data. 

In the upcoming years, the administration plans to build thousands of miles of new power lines and expand renewable energy. As the Department of Energy works towards a 100% carbon-free power sector by 2035, grid modernization will support these goals. America’s current electric grid is outdated and constantly at risk. The infrastructure bill will actively ensure energy capacity, whilst maintaining a secure and resilient power system. 

Grid modernization is vital to a net-zero future.

Access to Clean Water 

Water infrastructure remains at the forefront of the Administration’s agenda. The $55 billion investment will be distributed over five years for drinking water and wastewater spending. Nearly 60 million Americans get exposed to unsafe tap water each year. The president hopes to address the nation’s clean water crisis directly with an upgrade to our water system. The changes to our water infrastructure will include replacing lead service lines and pipes so that communities have access to clean drinking water. 

An uninterrupted net-zero future 

Modernizing the electrical grid is critical to a net-zero future. Strengthening the grid will lessen disruptions, reduce residential power outages across America, and help lower energy bills for all Americans. Exactly one year ago, Texas experienced an unprecedented power outage. The winter storm caused natural gas pipelines to freeze and power plant failures, which was detrimental to many Texans as they tried to heat their homes and stay warm during the storm. That unfortunate time served as a lesson and the foundation for the investment proposal to modernize the electric grid with at least 20 GW of high-voltage capacity power lines across America. With the promise of more severe weather events as climate change continues, updating the system is the right step to a more resilient power grid, and the only one that makes sense as we work toward a goal of net-zero. 


Utility Industry Infrastructure Maintenance

From power system hackers to extreme weather disruptions–utility providers are realizing the importance of modernizing infrastructure maintenance. With a shift towards digital processes, the need for automated utility data and systems becomes more evident each year. Maintenance costs are rising, but active monitoring can be beneficial for the utility sector as they work to strategically plan for the future. The Administration’s focus on better infrastructure nationally will lead to stricter regulations and maintenance policies. The utility industry needs to be prepared to accommodate the changes of the bill, implementing modern maintenance practices that will save money and increase business efficiency. Automated utility data and monitoring could provide the insight necessary to get ahead of the coming changes and plan accordingly.

Prepare Your Company’ With The Best Utility Data 

When it comes to infrastructure maintenance, streamlined access to utility data can make a difference in several business processes. Predictive maintenance technology is not only profitable, but can work to potentially support operational issues directly. Automated utility data provides a better understanding of energy consumption, potential infrastructure inconsistencies, and overall system efficiency. As utility companies prepare for the ongoing policy changes that are following the push for climate action, utility data collection and management will support energy programs. 

Today’s utility companies are benefiting from the data provided to the sustainability management reporting process. That data holds the key to preparing for cleaner more renewable industries, as well as cost-savings, business efficiencies, and overall resilience. America’s future is net-zero, and reliable reporting metrics for the ‘E’ in ESG, powered by modern infrastructure maintenance practices are vital to achieving that future.

With Urjanet’s help, you can have direct access to the data that is needed to support utility infrastructure maintenance practices and ESG reporting. Your company can have a strong foundation in its utility framework, with the right data. Do you have the data you need to support your company’s infrastructure? Speak to one of our experts today to get started.


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About Honor Donnie

Honor Donnie is a Marketing Coordinator at Urjanet, with a passion for content creation. When she’s not at Urjanet, she can be found reading, cooking, and listening to great music.

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