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GCC Solar Energy: Turning plans into reality

How to renew the lost momentum?

The potential for solar energy in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is indisputable. Underpinned by the acute need to find alternative energy sources to reduce the opportunity cost of burning fossil-fuels, as well as the requirements to drive economic development, employment and technology...
Utilities & alternative energy

Radical Change for European Power Utilities

The extensive disruption caused by the large-scale development of renewable power generation capacity in Europe continues to change the industry. For European power utilities the question is how they can react to these changes. In this piece the authors update a previous Prism article, examining...
Utilities & alternative energy

Rethinking Cost Efficiency

In Power and Gas Retail - A Step Change Requires a Systemic Approach

The increasingly competitive landscape in power and gas retail is driving utilities to improve efficiency through cost reduction. Most companies have implemented traditional cost-cutting programs. Although these are valid in some circumstances, many retailers are finding that results quickly follow...
Utilities & alternative energy

Beating the Unknown

A Simplified Approach for Risk-Based Decision-Making

Drawing from a recent project in the energy & utilities sector, Arthur D. Little presents a pragmatic approach based on the Monte Carlo method, which allows thorough evaluation of the risk in business cases. Using this approach, businesses can reduce their downside potential and maximize the...
Utilities & alternative energy

The Projects, Technology & Procurement Organization

The Emergence of a New Organization Form in E&P

This organizational form has the potential to help the industry deal with some its greatest challenges – this white paper describes the approach and the trends that led to is adoption and extracts some key lessons from two case studies from the lead adopters (Shell and Statoil) of this...
Utilities & alternative energy

Bevor die Lücke zum Problem wird

Die wirtschaftliche Ergebnisperspektive deutscher Energieversorger wird auch nach den geplanten Änderungen bei EEG und anderen Gesetzen düster bleiben. Im Zuge zukünftiger Ergebnissicherung müssen bestehende Strukturen und Abläufe hinterfragt werden, die sich in sich in „guten Zeiten“ etabliert...
Utilities & alternative energy

Keeping the lights on

A much tougher challenge than before

Triggered by higher volatility in both supply and demand, the need for balancing services in high-voltage electricity networks is increasing. How can transmission system operators, traditional energy players and potential new entrants generate business value from this growing opportunity?
Utilities & alternative energy

Managing Capital Projects Successfully

An Executive Concern

Recent instances of substantially over-budget and behind-schedule energy projects have demonstrated that even the most sophisticated energy companies are not able to “get it right” every time. In this report we explain the best practice approach that we take to help our clients to identify and...
Oil & gas, Utilities & alternative energy, Operations management

Assessing innovation and R&D capabilities across multi-

Over the last decades most global companies have evolved to organize their innovation efforts through an “open innovation” model with individual research centers. Globalization and mergers & acquisitions have changed these networks, making them more complex to manage successfully. A robust...
Oil & gas, Utilities & alternative energy, Technology & innovation management

Two Realities for Renewables

The Search for Profit in a Booming Industry

Yet a second reality is that many companies are struggling to succeed in the industry. Waves of bankruptcies and falling profitability in many segments, rapidly changing legislation and incentive regimes, and significant reductions in investment pose a considerable challenge. In this article we...
Utilities & alternative energy