Realigning UK Energy Policy

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Energy & Utilities August 2010

Realigning UK Energy Policy

From a High Cost, Low Quality System to a Robust, Cost-Efficient Infrastructure

For more than a decade, the government has pursued a series of inconsistent policies in the electricity sector, flip-flopping between conflicting policy objectives that if implemented would likely lead to a high cost, but low quality, electricity system that will not deliver the desired climate change objectives. We question whether the current policies offer good value for money for consumers. [...]

Nuclear New Build Unveiled

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Energy & Utilities June 2010

Nuclear New Build Unveiled

Is Nuclear New Build more a Management than a Technology Challenge?

The new build of nuclear power plants is one of the present day’s most complex technical undertakings. Inaccurate understanding of projects risks and inaccurate prioritisation of critical activities often lead to significant delays and budget overruns. The study "Nuclear New Build Unveiled" analyses the current status, trends and challenges within the nuclear industry. [...]

Improving Management of Potentially Catastrophic Risks

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Energy & Utilities June 2010

Improving Management of Potentially Catastrophic Risks

In the Oil & Gas Industry

Recent catastrophic events show that, despite carefully planned and implemented risk management, the impact of residual risks can present significant damage to an oil & gas company’s balance sheet. This has turned industry attention to the assessment of exposure to risk (EtR) – the concept of the maximum potential economic loss associated with catastrophic risk. [...]

Time for Change

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Energy & Utilities December 2009

Time for Change

Oil Company Asset Management

Structural changes taking place in the oil supply outlook are making it very complex for international oil companies (IOCs) to pursue their key twin targets. Traditional models of asset management - focused on individual asset performance and short-term results - are already limiting what IOCs can accomplish today. And additional challenges are emerging for the future. To address these we propose a holistic approach to asset management. [...]

Managing Capital Investment Programs

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Energy & Utilities April 2009

Managing Capital Investment Programs

How to get investment programs "right"

Effective project selection and management is not a new message. However, even the most sophisticated upstream oil and gas companies do not “get it right” every time. Arthur D. Little believes that our lifecycle approach to capital investment helps to identify the causes for failure of projects and provides insight into increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of infrastructure capital. [...]

The Burning Question

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Energy & Utilities March 2009

The Burning Question

Global energy policy and regulation

Peter Hughes, director at Arthur D. Little’s Energy & Utilities practice, delivers a keynote speech to Stanford University’s Program on Energy and Sustainable Development. The speech discusses the reasons behind Europe’s growing reliance on imported natural gas and what is happening now as the world faces a critical moment in the development of global energy policy and regulation. [...]

Reshaping the Corporate Center

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Energy & Utilities February 2009

Reshaping the Corporate Center

How to turn your corporate headquarters from a cost factor into true value generation

Many corporates struggle when it comes to optimising support and back-office functions. Our approach offers a precise assessment of what needs to be kept, what needs to be done differently and what needs to be discontinued. The result? Corporate headquarters that many companies have never dared to imagine: business-focused, flexible, lean where possible and strong where necessary. [...]

The Beginning of the End for Oil?

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Energy & Utilities February 2009

The Beginning of the End for Oil?

Peak Oil: A Demand-side Phenomenon?

The consensus is that oil will resume its long-term growth trend when the world emerges from the current recession. However, there is a distinct possibility of a radical shift in the energy path the world is following and an uncertain future for oil demand. [...]

Expatriate Games

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Energy & Utilities December 2008

Expatriate Games

Where is the Long Term Value?

Where is the long-term value? In the 1970s, the Middle East saw the beginning of a dramatic rise in oil and gas exploration and production activity, with an equally dramatic growth in the expatriate community. [...]

Advanced Metering Management

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Energy & Utilities December 2008

Advanced Metering Management

Deploying the new technology for business success

Environmental and economic pressures have seen many utilities reconsidering the use of smart metering technology to end the high operational costs associated with traditional energy usage monitoring and enabling a broader range of service offerings to consumers. In its latest report, Arthur D. Little outlines how utilities providers can deploy this new monitoring technology without facing a loss. [...]

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