Innovations in Energy Require Innovations in Logistics

Across the spectrum of renewable energies and technologies, supply chain efficiency and cost competitiveness continue to be a key aspect of enabling market adoption.

PLG Consulting has been involved in market analysis, operations, network design, procurement, site selection, and innovation for renewable energy and the circular economy for more than ten years.

PLG Consulting’s representative work and expertise in the logistics of various clean technologies include:

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    Renewable Fuels/Renewable Diesel

    PLG Consulting is at the forefront of the transformation of the global liquid fuels supply.  Specifically, PLG Consulting has been deeply involved in the renewable diesel space and its attendant issues and challenges in optimizing inbound feedstocks and outbound finished product to the growing low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) markets.

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    Waste Plastics/Circular Economy

    PLG Consulting has been tasked by its clients to help bring logistics solutions as innovative as the mission itself – capturing and repurposing the 90+% of post-consumer waste plastics that currently end up in landfills, oceans, waterways, beaches, and elsewhere.

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    Wind Energy

    Since the advent of utility-scale wind development in North America began in the mid-2000s, PLG Consulting has assisted global wind OEMs and developers to optimize logistics and lower overall project costs.

PLG Consulting has experience in not just building a better mousetrap, but inventing it

As rapid technological advances have brought new clean sources of energy and basic materials to market, logistics solutions needed to support those innovations have, in some cases, not even been invented yet.  Traditional approaches to supply chain elements such as sourcing, mode selection, inventory management, technology, and network optimization may require modification or outright disruption in order to ensure that renewable technologies can be reliably and cost-efficiently implemented.  

PLG Consulting has helped build optimal supply chain solutions around emerging clean energy sources that required, in some cases, entirely new methodologies.  For example, when European wind energy companies first entered the North American market in the late 2000s, moving wind turbine components via rail was a completely new concept for the industry that had been almost exclusively using truck and vessel.  PLG Consulting helped numerous firms design and implement rail securement, procurement, site selection, transloading, rolling stock, and fixturing solutions for blades, towers, and nacelles that had not previously existed.

Cutting edge innovation for supply chain and logistics operations

With nearly 20 years of experience in helping to "turn the box" in supply chain and logistics operations, new solutions for our economy require the kind of cutting-edge innovation that PLG Consulting brings to all its engagements.​

Renewables projects: PLG Consulting is honored to have the trust of its clients to help bring about the future of energy, basic materials, and ESG objectives of producers, consumers, and investors.

PLG Consulting has advised on multiple renewables projects, providing market analysis, site selectionlogistics procurement and engineering for:  

PLG Consulting Innovation to Help Green Technologies Succeed

Renewable Fuels/Renewable Diesel

  • Network sourcing and supply chain strategy for feedstocks, including biomass, soybean oil, DCO, animal fats, and used cooking oil (UCO)
  • Railcar fleet sizing, specifications, and sourcing for both feedstocks and finished product
  • Multi-modal transloading, storage, and distribution strategy and implementation
  • Logistics assessments and optimization for new plant sites, including rail access, plant site infrastructure design and engineering, and inventory and storage requirements

Waste Plastics/Circular Economy

  • Network optimization and transportation modeling for waste plastics of multiple grades from municipal recycling facilities (MRF)s across the US
  • Site selection for new processing and aggregation sites, including the total cost to serve, the total cost to build, and incentive negotiations
  • Plant site logistics infrastructure design and engineering, including warehouse facilities, rail infrastructure, loading racks, marine docks, and tankage. Also includes inventory modeling and facility sizing for adequate storage capacity for both feedstocks and finished products
  • Logistics strategy, negotiations, procurement, and operations planning for outbound finished liquid and dry products.

Wind Energy

  • PLG Consulting helped pioneer the transportation of wind energy components via rail, developing innovations in laydown yards, equipment specification, load securement, and railcar design.
  • Multi-modal network optimization for wind component supply chains to wind farms to achieve the lowest total-cost-to-serve (TCS) for projects
  • Wind farm site delivery logistics feasibility assessments and planning
  • Comprehensive transportation procurement and turnkey fourth-party logistics services across all modes and continents
  • Project cargo vessel loading configurations and fixturing
  • Port site selection and evaluation
  • Project experience in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America

Other services we have provided in the area of renewables include:

Project Examples

PLG Consulting’s team of experts is at the forefront of the renewables industry to help you capitalize on this growth and accelerate market adoption for a better world.

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