Energy & Utilities USA | Gas International | 01 October 2017

Trump’s America First Energy Plans Cannot Turn Back Time

The Trump administration's approach to the traditional energy trilemma - the challenge of balancing cheap, secure, and clean energy - appears set to heavily favour the low-cost and secure aspects of domestic energy supply at the expense of any focus on carbon emissions. There is an abundance of coal, oil and gas in the US, unconventional hydrocarbon production methods have been a game-changer, and technology improvements continue to reduce the cost of extraction. However, renewable power is already proven to be a cost-competitive energy source, and an additional provider of domestic energy supply and potential economic growth. As natural gas and renewable technologies continue to grow in the US, Yvonne Fuller at Arthur D Little, argues that America has reached the point of no return.

Energy & Utilities USA | Industrial Minerals | 01 October 2017

Energy storage: an adaptable approach to managing the electricity grid

The deployment of renewable energy over the last decade has created unprecedented challenges for the planning and operation of power systems. Consequently, battery-storage technologies have attracted great interest, as they allow utilities and network operators to adopt a flexible and adaptable approach to managing the electricity grid, balancing supply and demand. In this article, Kurt Baes, Florence Carlot and Adnan Merhaba from Arthur D. Little, discuss battery storage and its part in the energy market solution.

Energy & Utilities | The Energy Industry Times | 01 May 2017

Will America First Make Carbon Reduction Last?

As the new President concludes his first hundred days in office, global regulators and industry experts are questioning how the U.S. power sector will respond to Trump's America First Energy Plan, and whether it will achieve significant carbon reduction under an administration emphasizing low cost supply and domestic energy sources, specifically coal, shale oil and shale gas. Will the renewables sector continue to grow without government support? How will natural gas demand shift as it competes against coal? Ultimately, will the U.S. power industry keep pace with the rest of the world in reducing overall carbon emissions? In this article, Yvonne Fuller, Kirsty Ingham, and Paola Carvajal at Arthur D. Little discuss Trump's Energy Policy and the U.S. Power Market.

Energy & Utilities, Strategy & Organization | Petroleum Review | 01 February 2017

What’s next for petroleum downstream

New business models are critical for a downstream sector supplying energy to a changing mobility market. In this article, Daniel Monzón, Rodolfo Guzman, Alfredo Verna and Micaela Carlino at Arthur D Little, consider the challenges and opportunities facing downstream players.

Energy & Utilities | Utility Week | 15 July 2016

How utilities can create value

Electricity demand in Europe is down 5% on 2010 levels, with up to 8% declines in the major markets. U.S. power consumption is stagnant over the same period. Energy demand in developed markets is being driven down for many reasons, chiefly environmental, but the key fact is GDP growth in developed markets is no longer based in energy-intensive industries. Utility CEOs are therefore looking to grow their top line outside of the traditional asset base. In this article, Kirsty Ingham, David Borràs and Matthias von Bechtolsheim from Arthur D. Little, examine how utilities can achieve sustainable growth.

Energy & Utilities | Energy, Oil and Gas | 01 June 2016

Alternative Paths

Many of the highest-cost and technically most complex oil and gas development projects, including remote and deep-water fields, are still deferred or cancelled as their economic outlook remains poor. This presents international oil companies with an increasing reserves-replacement challenge that the largest national oil companies do not face, or at least not in the same way. In this article, Stephen Rogers and Ondrej Sanislo from Arthur D. Little, explain why low prices may drive persuasive structural changes in upstream oil and gas.

Energy & Utilities | The Energy Industry Times | 01 June 2016

Still looking for the money

The meltdown at Fukushima in 2011 has not deterred all nations from building new nuclear plant. According to the World Nuclear Association 31 countries around the world still have plans for new reactors – 65 (representing nearly 70 GWe) are under construction, 173 (182.42 GW) are on order or planned and 337 (379.2 GW) are proposed. In this article, Michael Kruse of Arthur D. Little is quoted as saying: “Since market prices and LCOE are very close, the risks of building a nuclear power plant that is not profitable is very high. Since the market prices are very uncertain at present, it is difficult to justify the investment without any kind of guarantees.” At Hinkley EDF is guaranteed an off-take price of £92.50/MWh for 35 years, giving EDF sufficient stability in its business case, yet it still hesitates in making its FID. “This,” said Kruse, “shows how difficult it is to enter into an investment, which will cover a lifetime of 60 to 80 years.”

Energy & Utilities | Renewable Energy Focus | 21 December 2015

Managing and creating value from third

party risk

 With major construction and infrastructure development companies, including those in the renewable energy sector, increasingly expanding their footprints into countries far from their home markets, Stephen Watson and Javier Serra from Arthur D. Little give some essential advice for successfully managing third-party risk.

Energy & Utilities Germany | ew-aktuell | 30 July 2015

Europe’s energetic future

Matthias von Bechtolsheim, partner in Arthur D. Little’s energy and utilities practice, was interviewed about the French energy turnaround. The French government recently passed a law to increase the usage of renewable energies, and nuclear energy is planned to be reduced from 75% to 50%. von Bechtolsheim highlights that Germany’s measures, taken in 2011, could be a role model for other countries in Europe.

However, the French actions go far beyond the German plans in some areas. France will expand the usage of electronic cars significantly. To support that process, the government has implemented monetary incentives to raise demand, and is planning to invest in development of an infrastructure. von Bechtolsheim points out that the French plans may be a first step towards a European energy union, which is a long-term goal for Europe. Nevertheless, there is still a long way to go to realize a union. Among the obstacles are the heterogeneous market concepts within the different countries and the legal requirements for energy efficiency.

Energy & Utilities UK | Consultancy UK | 15 July 2015

Arthur D. Little: Gulf between Promised Solar Capacity

This article about the potential of the Gulf region to adopt solar energy is based on Arthur D. Little’s report, “GCC Solar Energy: Turning Plans into Reality.” The region has the means, particularly all-day sunshine, to harness solar energy, but it has a long way to go, according to the article. Countries across the Gulf region, particularly Saudi Arabia, have announced big plans to tap solar energy, but few of these plans have come to fruition. The report authors say the region needs government backing, clear roles between players, well-defined policy initiatives, and strong R&D efforts to move the plans into reality.

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