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The following articles were written by Booz & Company partners and other senior professionals on key topics in the energy & utilities sector.


Thought Leadership

King Coal, Dethroned?
External political, market forces and coal pricing will determine coal competitiveness, but optimism in the U.S. coal industry is the heart of our article published at World Coal Magazine.read more >
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Utilities Industry Perspectives for 2013
Superstorm Sandy made the challenge for public utilities clear: They must take advantage of a historic economic moment by investing in infrastructure and next-generation capabilities.read more >
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The New Functional Agenda: How Corporate Functions Can Add Value in a New Strategic Era
There is a golden opportunity today for the leaders of HR, IT, finance, operations, R&D, marketing, sales, sourcing, and other corporate functions and shared services. With routine tasks shrinking and the need for capabilities ascending, functions can become “fit for purpose”: changing their portfolio of activities to focus primarily on those that are strategically important to the enterprise as a whole.read more >
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Further Articles

Executing Capital Projects in the MENA Energy Industry: Much to Learn, More to Deliver


During the coming decade, the energy industry in the Middle East is expected to execute projects worth approximately $1 trillion across the energy value chain. In order to manage these megaprojects more effectively, energy companies must master seven key habits. read more >

Unlocking the Potential of District Cooling: The Need for GCC Governments to Take Action


Air conditioning is a costly necessity in the Arab Gulf, consuming half of total electricity output. A more economical and sustainable method is district cooling, which allows businesses and residences in dense areas to share a pooled cooling facility. read more >

The Changing Face of NOCs: Integrated Planning and Performance Management in Middle East Oil Companies


The Middle East’s national oil companies appear to be facing significant challenges to their position in the global energy market. Yet, they can keep pace with their changing business circumstances—and reap benefits—by introducing integrated planning and performance management. read more >

The Future of Chemicals Part VI: Global Feedstock Developments and Implications for GCC Players


Petrochemical producers in the Middle East are currently at the junction of several trends that will significantly affect their industry: North American advances in shale gas, the use of shale gas and coal-to-olefins technology in China, and the redevelopment of Iraq’s oil and gas sector. GCC players will need to build new capabilities to adapt to a shifting global market. read more >

Managing Emissions and Making Profits: The Opportunity for Carbon-intensive Sectors in the Middle East


National oil companies and companies in other carbon-intensive industries, such as chemicals and utilities, can not only profit from returns on investments in energy efficiency; they can also improve their image, access carbon finance, and contribute to the long-term competitiveness of fossil fuel resources and hydrocarbon-based products and services. read more >

The Future of IPPs in the GCC: New Policies for a Growing and Evolving Electricity Market


In recent years, countries in the GCC have increasingly turned to independent power projects (IPPs) as alternatives to government-financed power plants. But the IPP model being used in the region, while serving to augment and diversify investment resources, presents long-term risks. Changes in the way that IPPs are structured can preserve the benefits of the IPP model while substantially reducing these risks. read more >

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