The Energy Industry Update – Volume 17, Issue 1
It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
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.
What are the emerging themes and trends defining the energy industry?
How is the “duck curve” evolving? How is the energy mix changing, driven in part by the competing pressures of market forces and public policy? What approaches should utilities take in hedging their natural gas needs?
What’s the latest on North American natural gas pipeline development? Emerging blockchain technology could revolutionize energy transactions. How are cities becoming increasingly “smart” and what does it mean for utilities?
How do grid transformation developments compare in California and New York? What are the potential energy policy changes under the Trump administration? What’s the latest on tax reform proposals and their potential impact on energy companies? What’s driving renewed interest in the time-honored concept of performance-based ratemaking?
Australia is a global leader in distributed solar PV. What can we learn here in the United States from the experience down under? How are solar power purchase agreements evolving to recognize increasing amounts of solar resources on the grid?
ScottMadden’s EIU Webcast
Take a step back and consider what is happening, what it means, and where our industry is headed. View this recording to hear from our industry experts as they share their views and field questions related to solar curtailment, Australia’s response to DERs, and smart cities.
View from the Executive Suite
The Energy World, as We Know It, Is Changing. The coming of a new presidential administration portends a significant shift in energy, environmental, and economic policies and priorities. Read more
Companies seek to put capital to work with a focus on improving earnings, but in a challenging environment. Each sector is positioned differently, but there are common themes… Read more
Energy Supply, Demand, and Markets
Who decides whether to add or subtract generation? How? Open to debate: What, if anything, needs to be done?
As solar penetration increases, system planners try to understand “tipping point” effects and over-generation risk. What “SPF” will they see?
Increasing reserves, higher well productivity mean growing gas supplies in North America
Infrastructure and Technology
Industry is cheered by renewed infrastructure focus, but hurdles remain.
Distributed ledger technologies (DLT) could be transformative, but are they too complex?
What is a “smart city”? An evolving concept with some key components.
Rate and Regulatory Issues
Distributed Energy Resource Integration: NY and CA–[Somewhat] Similar Aims, [Somewhat] Divergent Means
Coming from different starting points, two states tackle—and encourage—accelerating distributed energy resource additions.
GOP-proposed tax reform could have potential negative earnings impacts for some companies.
Potential policy reversals, shifts, and debates: Implications are being shaped but are still somewhat murky.
Slow demand growth, grid modernization, and renewable and distributed energy objectives encourage fresh regulatory thinking
Clean Tech and Environment
Smart Electric Power Association (SEPA) and ScottMadden fact-finding mission reveals Australian utilities successfully integrate huge amounts of solar photovoltaic (PV), yet face unintended consequences.
SEPA and ScottMadden explore alternative PPA structures in Hawaii
A thought experiment: how much land does it take to make electricity?