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Implementing a Utility-Scale Solar Strategy

July 6, 2022

CHALLENGE

Our client, a major US electric utility, announced an enterprise goal to deploy and integrate 10GW of solar to their generation mix by 2035. The company faced several challenges in meeting this target, including a significant interconnection queue backlog, high demand for renewable energy credits (RECs) from corporate customers, long project lead times, and a lack of internal capabilities to accommodate the significant increase in solar energy on the grid. ScottMadden developed a utility-scale solar strategy to help our client evaluate procurement methods, develop a land acquisition methodology, identify internal resource and capability gaps, and streamline internal processes.


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Wind Power Plant Acquistion

July 6, 2022

CHALLENGE

To take advantage of an acquisition opportunity, our client, a power generation investment firm, contacted ScottMadden to support the diligence of an in development utility-scale wind energy power plant. The asset had run into permitting issues and was at risk of being discontinued. Our client, who had extensive power generation permitting experience, hoped to buy the plant at a discount, resolve the issues, and divest the asset for a multiple of the original
cost. ScottMadden was brought in to validate the bid price and guide the purchasing strategy.


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Racing to Net-Zero

June 24, 2022

CHALLENGE

Our client, a mid-sized vertically integrated electric utility, announced one of the most aggressive net-zero carbon emissions goals in the United States. The company embarked on a long-term resource planning effort to meet this goal while maintaining reliability and affordability. The client faced several common challenges in this effort, including the consideration of a multitude of options, technology readiness, context and suitability for their territory, and the absence of a regulatory mandate that would require them to pursue lowcarbon options. ScottMadden was engaged to facilitate a long-term resource strategy that could meet ambitious decarbonization goals while maintaining (or improving upon) today’s levels of reliability.


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Identifying Best Practices and Efficiencies for LDCs

June 21, 2022

CHALLENGE

A large energy company with natural gas local distribution companies (LDCs) across the United States wanted to accelerate the identification of best practices and increase the standardization of gas LDC processes to reduce its cost of service. Because the LDCs were geographically dispersed, fostering interactions among peers, many for the first time, was vital to ensure alignment. With the help of ScottMadden, a workload-based assessment was performed with client teams, using a series of workshops to identify best practices and efficiency opportunities across the LDCs.


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Catalyzing Change Within a Large Private University

May 13, 2022

CHALLENGE

A leading private research university was navigating its journey to futurize its HR function, which consisted of more than 120 employees, streamline work, ensure compliance, and better support the university. Throughout the HR organization, a lack of understanding, trust, and alignment, coupled with the global pandemic, stumped the project team’s ability to implement change successfully. ScottMadden was engaged as a change management partner to help create a shared level of understanding and build trust among the HR department.


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Pay Equity Analytics

March 23, 2022

CHALLENGE

A midsize healthcare organization was experiencing employee dissatisfaction around perceived pay inequities. The company wanted to understand if compensation gaps existed across demographics, positions, departments, etc. and revise compensation policies to create a standardized approach. With the help of ScottMadden, the HR group was able to develop explanatory compensation models for key positions, identify specific pay gaps, define a standard approach to compensation, and apply the new standards and statistical models to address this sensitive issue.


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Talent Acquisition Challenges: Leveraging AI Technology

December 28, 2021

The Challenge

For organizations with high-volume hiring needs, finding, assessing, and acquiring talent can be the biggest challenge they face. Having an outdated talent acquisition infrastructure only amplifies these pain points for recruiters, hiring managers, and candidates. Coupled with the competitive labor market and demanding hiring goals, it is increasingly important to meet candidates on their mobile devices, reduce barriers to applying, and increase the speed
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EV Transformation Initiative Design and Implementation

October 12, 2021

CHALLENGE

To support its clean energy goals, ScottMadden’s client, a large federal power authority, identified the need to drive customer adoption of 200,000 electric vehicles (EVs) within its seven-state service territory over a seven year timeframe. ScottMadden assisted the client with the development of an EV-transformation initiative and EV strategy, which ultimately led to the development of a multi-state DC fast-charging (DCFC) network.


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Make-Ready Program Design

October 4, 2021

CHALLENGE

Our client, a large investor-owned utility, was charged with implementing a $300M make-ready infrastructure program in support of state decarbonization and transportation electrification goals. Due to the program’s size and complexity, successfully developing and executing this program was going to require significant amounts of planning and cross-functional stakeholder alignment. As a result, our client reached out to us for support in providing regulatory strategy, program design, and implementation support.


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Project Management Assessment for a T&D Utility

September 2, 2021

CHALLENGE

A large transmission and distribution utility was seeking to improve the consistency of project cost and schedule for a capital project delivery to ensure it was eligible for a bi-annual rate case cost recovery.


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Driving Success with HR Competency Assessments

August 11, 2021

How Competency Data Helped a Healthcare System Enhance Transformation

Given a constantly changing healthcare landscape and extreme demand, business leaders are looking to human resources (HR) to support the organization in new and innovative ways. Identification of the competencies needed to enable an HR team of the future and place the right people in the right roles to better support the organization has never been more critical.


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Coal’s Accelerated Burn

July 28, 2021

Stakeholder Analysis: A Case Study

Introduction

As more North American utilities pursue clean energy goals, shifting their asset portfolios away from carbon-intensive fuel sources and toward renewable generation, the number of coal-fired power plant retirements continues to rise. As utilities develop their long-term asset strategies, they must not only consider the financial implications of retiring coal plants, but the human element as well.


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