The Energy Industry Update – Volume 18, Issue 2
Don’t Stop Believin’
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.
Themed “Don’t Stop Believin’,” this issue explores some of the emerging and continuing trends in the industry, helping energy and utility industry leaders move from “believin’” to realization.
What are the emerging themes and trends defining the energy industry? How are mergers and acquisitions fairing?
Electrification could grow electric sales, but by how much? What are the opportunities for and possible trade-offs with increased electrification? How are liquified natural gas exports reshaping both domestic and international markets?
As electric vehicles gain traction, what do utilities need to consider when planning their electric transportation strategy? What are the emerging issues surrounding power transmission and gas pipeline projects? Looking back, has FERC found the right incentives for the power transmission industry?
Utilities around the United States have been proposing and implementing grid modernization initiatives. What is driving the push for grid modernization and how are utilities justifying their investments? What should other utilities consider for their own programs?
How can different solar plus storage system configurations impact a project’s operational flexibility and economic value?
Take a step back and consider what is happening, what it means, and where our industry is headed. Access our webcast recording to hear our industry experts share their views and field questions related to grid modernization efforts around the nation, evolving federal policy toward wholesale energy infrastructure development, and opportunities for and possible trade-offs with increased electrification.
View from the Executive Suite
How are energy and utility companies pursuing growth and developing and modernizing needed infrastructure while responding to stakeholders with disparate interests. Read more
Mergers and acquisitions have been proceeding over the past 18 months. What are the details of some noteworthy transactions in both gas and power? What are some of the rationales behind these deals. Read more
Energy Supply, Demand, and Markets
Efficient electrification may prove to be a growth strategy for electric utilities. How is increased electrification being promoted by industry organizations (EEI, EPRI, et al.), government agencies, and others? Read more
The race to build export terminals is in stark contrast to 2005 when import facilities were being constructed, and the EIA estimated that the United States would import 18 BCF/day by 2025.What are the implications for the domestic gas market as the United States positions itself to become a major LNG exporter? Read more
Infrastructure and Technology
There is significant opportunity for utilities to identify how to strategically engage players in the EV ecosystem and proactively plan for PEVs. How might high penetration of EVs affect the electric distribution system? Read more
FERC is re-examining financial incentives that have been in place for years, but non-incumbent transmission developers continue to face hurdles in competitive transmission solicitations. Read more
Gas pipeline development has been continuing, although in some regions, opposition has been active. How will FERC’s divergent opinions on gas pipeline approvals shape future investment? Read more
Rate and Regulatory Issues
There is no one-size-fits-all definition for what grid modernization is or what investments comprise grid modernization initiatives; however, there are common themes around enabling customer engagement, enhancing reliability and resiliency, and more efficiently using grid assets. Read more
Clean Tech and Environment
Multiple solar plus storage configurations exist, each impacting system operations and value differently. How has a tighter coupling of solar plus storage decreased operational flexibility, but improved the value obtained from the federal investment tax credit? Read more
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