Energy and utilities

Energy and utilities

In a world of volatile energy prices, uncertain sources of new energy supply, aggressive investor involvement, and intense regulatory scrutiny, fundamental changes are occurring within the power and gas industry. With historically high oil and gas prices driving the price of marginal power production, governments are seeking non-carbon based power sources and increasingly looking to alternative or cleaner energy sources, including nuclear, liquified natural gas (LNG), and coal gasification.

Alternative energy sources, such as renewables and biofuels, have become a cause celebre with both environmentalists and industry executives. And with this evolving market backdrop, regulators are insisting on flawless energy delivery and stability in prices, while exercising close control over industry consolidation. As market forces continue to create challenges, distinctive strategy, business model evolution, financial capacity, regulatory innovation, and world class operations capabilities become table stakes for success.

Drawing on a deep understanding of industry dynamics, extensive experience along the entire gas and power value chains, and broad functional capabilities, PwC’s Strategy& assists many of the world’s leading companies in the gas and power sectors. Our global capabilities are delivered throughout the sector to traditional utilities, merchants, and marketers, as well as to financial sponsors, vendors and suppliers, and governments. Working side by side with our private and public sector clients, we assist with strategy development and execution, M&A transaction support, performance management, and technology strategy and implementation.

2017 Power and Utilities Industry Trends
With revenue growth down and demand for innovative offerings increasing, companies must find a way to close the gap and provide value for customers profitably.
Infrastructure and mining
The infrastructure and mining practice at Strategy& leverages its strategic planning expertise and deep understanding of global power, gas, and water markets to help suppliers across these sectors navigate and respond to evolving business challenges.
Our Megaprojects expertise
Strategy& works with all types of megaproject stakeholders, including corporate owners, engineering procurement and construction (EPC) firms, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), governments, and major suppliers to improve the likelihood that megaproject scope will be delivered safely, on-time, on budget, and with high quality.

Our thought leadership

A Strategist’s Guide to Power Industry Transformation
The way we create, use, and manage electricity is finally changing, and the implications go far beyond the utility sector.
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As growth curves regress toward the industry mean, some utilities are considering a new way to deliver shareholder returns: growth through subtraction. Executives need to ask a critical strategic question of their businesses: In today’s market conditions, what fits, and what doesn’t?
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Utility mergers often take a year or longer to close. Based on our experience with utility integrations over the last 25 years, we have developed 10 best practices that can improve the likelihood of a successful merger outcome.
Rewriting the rule book
The energy industry’s performance has plateaued recently, but a new approach can help. Instead of limiting the accountability for safety and environmental factors to an isolated function, this model shifts the responsibility to front-line workers.
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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.

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