Energy and utilities

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

Energy and utilities
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 — a highly valued period if companies use the time effectively. 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 and give the new organization a competitive head start.

 

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, and redefines the role of the advisors who interact with them.

 

Infrastructure and mining
From reactors to resistors
As the power industry navigates an era of unprecedented change, companies that supply utilities must adapt by rethinking their product and service portfolios, expanding their geographic reach, and improving their efficiency.

 

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.

 

How Industrial Companies Can Get Better at Design
Industrial companies are sometimes perceived as lumbering giants that have difficulty responding to competitive pressures and capitalizing on market trends.

 

After Fukushima
The nuclear industry appears to have weathered the political storm surrounding the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan. Yet the industry still faces challenges in regaining the confidence of regulators and the public trust.

 

Nuclear Realism after Fukushima
A hasty, large-scale movement away from nuclear power would not resolve most of the issues raised by the ongoing crisis in Japan. Instead, we need more thoughtful discussions now about the energy systems of the future.

 

Renewables at a crossroads
The renewables market has evolved in important ways, setting the stage for it to maintain its economic viability and continue to grow. One of the hallmarks of the renewables sector today is its structural diversity in terms of the technologies, players, and geographic regions involved in its growth.

 


Further articles

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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.
Renewables at a crossroads
The renewables market has evolved in important ways, setting the stage for it to maintain its economic viability and continue to grow. One of the hallmarks of the renewables sector today is its structural diversity in terms of the technologies, players, and geographic regions involved in its growth.
The future of IPPs in the GCC
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.