This Archive contains past numbers of The Energy Industry Update Reports. Each report shares news and trends in this constantly changing sector, including power utility companies, oil and gas, renewable energy, and coal. Our Reports provide insights and trends within the scope of this industry to keep you up to date with the most current developments in the Energy Industry so you can make informed decisions moving forward.
This Energy Industry Update examines recent trends in the utility and energy industry, where stakeholders are waiting for new technologies to emerge to support energy transition and virtual power plants, or for the results of various regulatory initiatives relating to power plants, the grid, and gas-power coordination to be seen. In all of these cases, the “waiting” is indeed the hardest part for energy infrastructure development.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.