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Catching the Smart Home Opportunity

Room for Growth for Telecom Operators

In this report, Arthur D. Little reviews the key trends driving the potential for Smart Home solutions, presents an overview of four main segments and provides recommendations for telecom operators in the launch of Smart Home services. A Smart Home is a home or building that is equipped with a...
Utilities & alternative energy, Strategy

Offshore Wind Meets Nuclear

Most of the challenges in the development and procurement of offshore wind energy have been faced before- why not take a chance and have a look at...

The nuclear new build projects’ challenges may sound familiar to offshore owners and developers: Weak planning, advancing technology maturity, misjudgment of capabilities, dependency on external issues, and unsuitable organization design. Arthur D. Little's expertise in large capital investment...
Utilities & alternative energy, Technology & innovation management

New business models for the international oil company

Petronationalism, the growing expense and risk of finding and producing oil, and the coupling between increasingly capable national oil companies and aggressive oilfield services providers have all put pressure on international oil companies in recent years. The article provides a historical...
Utilities & alternative energy, Strategy

Biofuels 2.0: investment opportunities and risks

Demand for biofuels is rapidly increasing as governments respond to climate change concerns. For the investor, such a rapidly growing market is attractive, but current demand depends heavily on government incentives. Newer "secondgeneration" technologies offer the potential for improved performance...
Automotive, Utilities & alternative energy, Sustainability

How electricity utilities can make investment decisions for a low-carbon future

As the debate over global warming grows ever-louder, the electricity industry faces growing pressure to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions. The industry is heading for a low-carbon future and knows it, and this article offers a way for utilities to make the investment decisions needed now that...
Utilities & alternative energy, Strategy

The Resurgence ofPetro-Nationalism

Various regions of the world have recently seen a resurgence of nationalistic trends regarding access to oil reserves. The authors explore the drivers behind this renewed push towards petro-nationalism and discuss the key implications and challenges of this trend for international oil companies,...
Utilities & alternative energy, Strategy

Diffusing Knowledge and Learning: Lessons from BP's Pacesetter Network

One of the key dimensions of British Petroleum's (BP's) outstanding success over the past few years has been its commitment to demonstrating distinctive performance within its industry and beyond. This commitment led the company to not only improve the technical and structural aspects of its...
Utilities & alternative energy, Strategy

Industry Outlook Report The Energy Industry at the Start of the New Millennium

Each year, my colleagues and I take time to reflect deeply about the future of energy markets and the industry. This year's conversations were particularly challenging given the turbulent environment, which we metaphorically compare to "riding the rapids."1 These rapids, or trends, include abrupt U...
Utilities & alternative energy

A Conversation Profits with Principles - The Transformation of Royal Dutch/Shell

With more than 100,000 employees and assets valued at $80 billion, the Royal Dutch/Shell Group is a global giant in the energy industry, involved in the whole production process of fossil fuels – – from initial prospecting and recovery to final sale – as well as other businesses, such as chemicals...
Utilities & alternative energy

Industry Outlook Report Different Oil Industries for Different Futures

Many oil and gas companies are highly focused on the next five years. They see challenges in another period of relatively low commodity prices and opportunities in the opening of previously closed countries and in the worldwide restructuring of the regulated natural gas and electricity businesses....
Utilities & alternative energy