An Innovative Model for Delivering Shared Services in Higher Education

April 28, 2017

The University of Saskatchewan, a large Canadian research university with more than 20,000 students, was experiencing low levels of satisfaction across its portfolio of administrative services. Research submissions were declining due to increased administrative burdens placed on faculty. At the same time, overall university administrative support costs continued to grow. The University’s leadership desired to transform its administrative functions to provide best-in-class service aligned with the University’s teaching, research, and community service mission, vision, and goals.

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Shared Services & Outsourcing Week North America Digital: Chairman Takeaways

April 27, 2017

Unable to attend the first Shared Services & Outsourcing Week (SSOW) North America Digital event? View this presentation to see the chairman’s key takeaways related to global business services (GBS) strategy, workforce management, attracting and retaining talent, robotic process automation (RPA) strategy, and process automation.

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April 21, 2017

ScottMadden’s Energy Industry Update – It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

Friday, May 19, 2017 | 1:00–2:00 PM EDT

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Thank you for joining us as we explore solar curtailment, Australia’s response to DERs, and smart cities.

Curious to learn more? Connect with our webinar presenters today: Chris Vlahoplus, partner and clean tech & sustainability practice leader, Stuart Pearman, partner and energy practice leader, and Paul Quinlan, clean tech manager.

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Large Corporations Continue to Establish Aggressive Renewable Energy Targets and Drive Demand

April 19, 2017

The demand for renewable energy has increased, especially among Fortune 100 companies such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon. This increased demand, and the energy goals of firms like these, have led utilities to tailor their offerings via specialized rates and renewable tariff programs. Large corporations are also examining utility alternatives, e.g., third-party providers.

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Strategic Implications of Declining Growth in Energy Consumption: As Yogi Berra Might Say…

April 12, 2017

During the latest EEI Strategic Issues Roundtable event, Stuart Pearman, partner and energy practice leader at ScottMadden, explored the strategic implications of declining growth in energy consumption. The presentation, “Strategic Implications of Declining Growth in Energy Consumption,” addressed the three key questions: What is happening? What causes it? What can you do about it?

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President Trump Signs Wide-Reaching Executive Order Directing Agencies to Review Existing Energy Regulations

April 6, 2017

Late last month, President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) directing all executive departments and agencies to “immediately review existing regulations that potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources and appropriately suspend, revise, or rescind those that unduly burden the development of domestic energy resources beyond the degree necessary to protect the public interest or otherwise comply with the law.” The EO goes on to further define “domestic energy resources” as oil, natural gas, coal, and nuclear energy resources.

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Work Activity Assessment: Gain Insight into Your Current Operations and Cost of Services

April 3, 2017

When you begin to think about changing your delivery model, one of your first questions is likely, “where do I start?” Whether you are considering a shared services model, have implemented a shared services model you wish to improve, or are interested in making other changes to your delivery model and staffing levels, understanding who does what work is critical in determining the right solution.

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Curtailment – No Longer a Dirty Word with Innovative PPA Structures

March 29, 2017

Increasing penetration of renewables and the associated overproduction risk will require innovation in traditional solar power purchase agreement (PPA) structures. In January 2017, the Solar Electric Power Association and ScottMadden released a report analyzing potential alternative approaches to curtailment for PPA structures in Hawaii.

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New York Regulators Evaluate DER Integration Plans; Find Several Areas Wanting

March 28, 2017

On March 9, 2017, in the final open session with chair Audrey Zibelman at the helm, the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) issued an Order regarding the utilities’ Distribution System Implementation Plans (DSIP). The DSIPs are the plans through which each utility will establish a Distributed System Platform (DSP) to more effectively integrate Distributed Energy Resources (DER), a foundational element of New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV). Each
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PACE Loans Attract Attention as They Grow in Size

March 20, 2017

Partially driven by securitization and strong investor appetite, property assessed clean energy (PACE) loans are forecasted to double over the next year and potentially become the fastest growing method of financing in the United States. However, as these loans have ballooned they have come under criticism by consumer and real-estate industry groups.

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EDGE Chats: The Outlook for Clean Tech

March 16, 2017

Chris Vlahoplus, Partner and Clean Tech & Sustainability Practice Leader at ScottMadden, discusses the outlook for clean tech in 2017, changes on the horizon, and career opportunities in the energy sector. The EDGE Chats series, hosted by EDGE at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, examines leading issues and trends at the intersection of energy, environment, and business.

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