What is next for petroleum downstream?

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Energy & Utilities, Strategy & Organization November 2016

What is next for petroleum downstream?

New business models are critical in a sector in which the supply of energy for mobility is changing

Petroleum downstream has been adapting to increasing competition and challenging regulations, and is suffering from lower returns than the upstream segment. [...]

Demand Side Management

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Energy & Utilities October 2016

Demand Side Management

Untapped multi-billion market for grid companies, aggregators, utilities and industrials?

In times of energy transition, when intermittent decentralized generation is on the rise and large traditional generation assets are retiring, electricity systems increasingly need flexible solutions to ensure security of supply. [...]

Dispute Resolution Support Services

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Energy & Utilities October 2016

Dispute Resolution Support Services

Contractual, commercial and technical expertise in the global energy industry

The senior members of our Dispute Resolution Support team have worked on the commercial and technical aspects of the global energy industry since the 1970s. [...]

The NOC Technology & Innovation Management Challenge

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Energy & Utilities, Technology & Innovation Management May 2016

The NOC Technology & Innovation Management Challenge

Improving performance in technology management

National Oil Companies (NOCs) are spending more and more on Rn'D. But this has not yet had much of an impact. With the oil price currently well below the break-even point of their nations' budgets, they are still behind Independent Oil Companies (IOCs) in terms of Rn'D effectiveness. IOCs have been shown to adjust faster to a new baseline price. Arthur D. Little (ADL)'s framework for En'P Technology management suggests that better focus on delivering the corporate strategy through active portfolio management, and an organizational form that links technology with projects or operations and embeds deployment in budgetary planning, can help. [...]

New business models of energy companies

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Energy & Utilities March 2016

New business models of energy companies

XII International Energy Regulatory Forum

The XII International Energy Regulatory Forum will take place on March 17, 2016 in Prague. The forum will point out the current status of the Energy Union establishment and the key challenges organizations will face to remain competitive. [...]

Energize Telecoms

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Energy & Utilities, TIME December 2015

Energize Telecoms

Benefits and risks for telcos considering opportunities in energy management

For several decades the prospect of energy utility and telco convergence has loomed, but with limited results. All of the above change factors, however, demonstrate a transformational shift in the energy sector and open new opportunities for telecom and technology operators. Global players have already been stepping up to the challenge. [...]

Alternative paths for large IOCs

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Energy & Utilities December 2015

Alternative paths for large IOCs

Low oil prices may drive pervasive structural changes in upstream oil and gas

In the same way that the low oil prices of the 1990's triggered a major structural overhaul of the oil and gas sector, it is important now to ask what impact the current phase of low oil prices might also have on future structural trends in the industry, in particular on the large International Oil Companies. [...]

Emerging technologies in Solar

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Energy & Utilities December 2015

Emerging technologies in Solar

Traversing the PV lab-to-fab “valleys of death”

The rapidly declining unit cost of silicon-based photovoltaic (PV) cells over the past four decades has facilitated the advent of PV as a commercially viable energy source. However, emerging PV technologies currently in development show the potential to disrupt and replace the dominant market incumbent crystalline silicon (c-Si) technology in the future. [...]

Detection and prevention of risk from third parties

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Energy & Utilities, Risk November 2015

Detection and prevention of risk from third parties

Better safe than sorry

As companies’ reliance on third parties (such as contractors, partners and suppliers) increases, the need to both detect and prevent risk from these third parties becomes ever more important.  [...]

Second Grid Executive & Expert Roundtable

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Energy & Utilities October 2015

Second Grid Executive & Expert Roundtable

Power grids have become a dynamic part of the utility industry, as well as an important revenue driver and stable source of income for integrated utilities. Arthur D. Little brings executives and experts of European grid operators together annually to discuss the main challenges power grid operators currently face and will be facing in the near future. The II. Grid Executive & Expert Roundtable in Vienna, held 14–15 October 2015, brought interesting insight to asset management and digital transformation of a distribution system operator (DSO), which is a comprehensive challenge not limited to smart metering and smart grids. [...]

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