Energy Industry Update Archive

The Energy Industry Update – Volume 19, Issue 1

Themed “How Soon Is Now?,” this edition of the ScottMadden Energy Industry Update explores how the industry is answering the call for change. Clean technologies are advancing (e.g., battery storage, renewables, distributed energy resources, small modular reactors), and all may have a role to play, but how soon? In the meantime, the industry continues to […]

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The Energy Industry Update – Volume 18, Issue 2

Themed “Don’t Stop Believin’,” this issue explores the growth strategies energy and utility companies are undertaking and how they are developing and modernizing needed infrastructure. We also discuss how they are navigating the challenges posed by various stakeholders with disparate interests and concerns.

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The Energy Industry Update – Volume 18, Issue 1

Themed “Recalibration,” this Update examines some of the emerging and continuing trends in the industry, with the hope that it will help energy executives “recalibrate” as our industry anticipates, and creates, the next “new normal.”

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The Energy Industry Update – Volume 17, Issue 2

This Update, themed “Generation to Generation: An Energy Evolution,” examines the strategic drivers that are challenging, and propelling, our industry and what utilities are doing to anticipate, prepare for, and shape changing fundamentals.

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The Energy Industry Update – Volume 16, Issue 2

The energy industry is changing, and its regulatory and financial moorings are shifting. Competitive markets combined with other factors may lead to early nuclear unit retirement. Continuing changes in energy supply and demand patterns create a complex operation environment for electric utilities. Federal and state policy lines are beginning to blur as states have been increasingly intervening in FERC domain seeking favorable outcomes for their citizens and other local constituencies. In our Update, themed “As Yogi Berra Might Say…,” we look at the unusual picture drawn by the juxtaposition of these changes.

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The Energy Industry Update – Volume 16, Issue 1

The energy industry is changing, and its regulatory and financial moorings are shifting. Continuing cost declines in distributed resources take place alongside new gas and nuclear plant build. The supply stack is becoming greener, but the Clean Power Plan has been stayed.

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The Energy Industry Update – Volume 15, Issue 2

The electric industry seems to be on the cusp of great change. Regulators are rethinking the hundred-year-old rate-of-return paradigm, renewables costs are falling (especially for solar photovoltaic technology), and the final rule is out on comprehensive power sector greenhouse gas emissions.

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