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. [...]

Churn management in utilities

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Energy & Utilities October 2015

Churn management in utilities

Managing customer churn in power and gas utilities is a top priority in most European markets. Utilities are faced with ever-increasing challenges due to shifting customer preferences, the appearance of new offerings and of new competitors with different business models. The situation calls for a new, fresh look at how well customers are being served. Starting from the company’s ambition and priorities, the three elements discussed in this article – customer needs and attractiveness, tailored offering and a good quality service- need to be thoroughly reviewed. [...]

Energy & Utilities Benchmarking Study

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Energy & Utilities September 2015

Energy & Utilities Benchmarking Study

Power & gas retail benchmark conclusions

As power and gas retail markets have been liberalizing in Europe in the past decades, the business of selling energy to retail consumers has been completely transformed. New products and services have been developed in most countries and utilities have launched new channels and ways to interact with their customers. The learnings and conclusions from our 2014 power & gas retailers’ benchmark of European incumbents indicate that there is a long way to go for many companies in improving their costs. The first section of this viewpoint reviews these findings and finds out that it is not uncommon to identify a difference in costs per customer of 35€ between best and worst performers. The second section summarizes the conclusions of the discussions and reviews we had with the different participants and the final remarks highlight some insights for power & gas retail executives. [...]

Can Group 1 base oil come back?

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Energy & Utilities August 2015

Can Group 1 base oil come back?

The impact of the lower crude prices on the global base oil markets

The global lubricants and base oil markets have had a challenging start to the new millennium. Annual growth has, on average, been well below global GDP growth due to technology improvements in transportation and industry. Furthermore, changing standards are leading to a gradual replacement of Group I-based products to Group II- and III-based products, resulting in plant closures around the world. However, the lower oil prices might lead to temporary relief for Group I producers and an additional boost for the entire industry. [...]

Unlocking global LNG market value

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Energy & Utilities July 2015

Unlocking global LNG market value

Market changes require portfolio transformation

Global gas price convergence, predicted last year to take more than a decade to develop, is expected instead to arrive this year, as a direct result of the increase in short-term LNG trading, the relative over-supply of gas and the drop in oil price indexes.  One single global gas market is therefore now emerging, from the previously fragmented sub- markets, leading to new arbitrage opportunities which will emerge for players at all points along the value chain.  Major LNG players with global reach will certainly be able to take advantage of this change by the adoption of innovative portfolio and contracting designs which enable them to optimize the use of their global liquefaction positions.  Opportunities will also be available to those individual buyers able to transform their trading portfolios and risk management approaches. [...]

Delivering the promise, with lower oil prices

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Energy & Utilities June 2015

Delivering the promise, with lower oil prices

Building in higher efficiency

Companies owning and operating oil and gas assets, especially under “new normal” oil prices of less than $75/day, will often need to embrace substantial transformational change in order to be truly successful. This is particularly so for smaller companies aiming to develop new assets or grow their production portfolio, but it also applies to the more established operators which may instead need to overturn the inertia of many years of established ways of working. [...]

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