Themed “Everything Counts … In Large Amounts,” this edition explores the implications of increasing interest in decarbonizing the grid and promoting non-emitting energy alternatives. Explore the latest facts along with thought-provoking insights from our energy experts on how the industry is addressing ambitious carbon and clean energy goals, and what leaders can do now to make the biggest impact. Paying homage to one of Depeche Mode’s greatest 80’s hits, “everything counts in large amounts” to achieve target goals.
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 focus on resiliency and what that means for the grid, pipelines, and the generation mix.
A strong domestic economy, evolving regulations and policies, continued technology development, and ongoing interest in developing new energy resources are shaping the energy landscape. Energy and utility companies are pursuing growth and are developing and modernizing needed infrastructure while responding to stakeholders with disparate interests.
We are well over a year into a new Presidential administration, changes in policy and priorities—as well as changes in personnel in agencies like the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission—continue to affect the energy industry. But changes in our business context are not limited to policies. Technology development continues, increasing interest in energy resources like solar and energy storage. How are states and the private enterprise responding?
Our energy industry is evolving. It is a time of surprising developments and new ideas. Themed “Generation to Generation: An Energy Evolution,” this Update examines the direction and magnitude of some of the changes and the forces in play.
The energy world, as we know it, is changing. How are utilities responding and adapting? Themed “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine),” this Update examines the direction and magnitude of some of the changes, and what utilities are doing to prepare for and thrive in a changing world.
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. In our Update, themed “Neither Fish nor Fowl,” we look at the unusual picture drawn by the juxtaposition of these changes.
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. Grid transformation is breaking down traditional boundaries between customers and producers, supply and demand, and roles of the center and the edge of the electric grid.
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