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Litigation and Arbitration Support

August 14, 2017

Energy markets are becoming increasingly complex, with overlapping jurisdictions and sophisticated participants, often with rival interests. With those changes, disputes become more frequent and their consequences of greater significance.

ScottMadden’s experts can assist you in all phases of the litigation process, from identifying critical issues, to developing and presenting principled and rigorous analyses, deposition and hearing preparation, to providing post-hearing support. Our experts have participated in complex arbitrated matters, including valuation disputes, and economic damages. We combine our rigorous approach to complex economic analysis with our fundamental understanding of market structure and operations to provide you with clear and compelling support throughout the litigation process.

Financial Advisory

August 14, 2017

As utilities look to strategies beyond organic growth to meet their strategic objectives, acquisitions and divestitures have become important alternatives. Complex operating, financial, and regulatory requirements will determine whether those transactions are successful. On both the buy and sell sides, transaction participants require advisors that can help navigate those requirements, and ensure the transaction meets their near- and long-term objectives.


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Market Assessment

August 14, 2017

Energy markets continue to experience market disruptions and changes driven by technology advancements and evolving public policies.


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Expert Witness Testimony

August 14, 2017

As regulatory proceedings become increasingly complex, contested issues become more complicated, and more consequential.  Issues become inter-related, requiring clear, compelling, and rigorous expert testimony and support throughout the rate filing process.


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Regulatory Policy

August 14, 2017

As states assert their energy policy preferences in new ways, there is contested ground at the formerly “bright line” of federal/state jurisdiction. Although policies are being shaped, potential outcomes remain uncertain.


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Rate Case Planning

August 14, 2017

Rate Development

August 14, 2017

Rate structures and regulatory frameworks are becoming more important than ever, and more complex. The number of rate cases filed each year by electric and gas utilities has consistently increased during the past decade. Some utilities are taking a more structured approach and re-engineering their rate case development processes. By doing so, utilities can dramatically improve the efficiency and outcome of future rate filings.

ScottMadden has extensive experience in addressing the strategic and operational challenges posed by energy regulation. We can help you with regulatory strategy development, rate case preparation and management, internal best practices assessment and process improvement, preparation for compliance audits, and more.

With that knowledge, ScottMadden’s experts can help you develop a rate strategy that equips you for the future.

Corporate and Asset-Based Transactions

August 14, 2017

In addition to organic growth from new products and services, economic development, and expanded use of energy through uses like electric vehicles, utilities are also seeking earnings growth through mergers and acquisitions of assets and companies. Electric and gas utilities continue to seek opportunistic acquisitions, especially in the rate-regulated utility and pipeline space.

At ScottMadden, we provide data-driven economic and financial advisory services for sell-side transaction management, synergy estimation, buy-side due diligence, valuation support, and testimony in support of transactions. Our team has helped structure, negotiate, and close transactions ranging in size from $10 million to more than $1 billion.

Electric and Gas Markets

August 14, 2017

Electric markets remain unsettled, as environmental regulations and low natural gas prices continue to change the generation fuel mix and influence power prices. Low consumption growth and “duck curve” effects of increased solar and wind resources on the grid have created “peakier” supply and demand profiles. Conflicting approaches to federal and state policy in wholesale markets over renewables, baseload generation support, and greenhouse gas regulation have created a complex, sometimes blurred patchwork of rules and regulations governing the behavior of market participants. Traditional baseload or load-following generators face increasing financial pressure.


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Distributed Generation

April 2, 2016

Distributed generation has emerged as one of the most important developments facing the industry. What was once thought of as a niche offering is now considered a viable, widespread solution and it continues to grow.

At ScottMadden, we work with clients to integrate alternative resources to meet their customers’ needs and regulatory mandates—all while maintaining a strong focus on the reliability of the grid—backed by our more than 30 years of experience.

Supply Chain Warehousing and Inventory

April 1, 2016

A company’s warehousing strategy and inventory management approach are two of the largest drivers of supply chain performance and overall costs. Implementing an improved warehousing strategy has enabled some supply chain organizations to realize savings that equate to 10% to 15% of their total inventory value. Whether warehouse growth was the result of mergers/acquisitions or the expansion of services, many organizations have lost the balance between assets and service levels. Regaining the right balance represents an opportunity to drive significant cost reductions but must be done thoughtfully to avoid a negative impact on customers.


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