The ScottMadden Energy Industry Update – Early Fall 2013

The Times They Are a-Changin’ (or Serenity Now!)

We are pleased to announce our Early Fall 2013 issue of THE SCOTTMADDEN ENERGY INDUSTRY UPDATE. This semi-annual publication features our view of recent significant events and emerging trends in the energy industry.

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The confluence of relatively flat power demand, cheap natural gas, advancing technology (including learning curve effects on renewable technologies), public policies supporting renewables and efficiency, and perceived grid fragility after Superstorm Sandy has led customers to investigate other options such as self-delivery and self-supply. This is leading utilities to evaluate strategies, investment priorities, and even business models and regulatory paradigms.

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Grid Resilience…Weathering the Storm?

Given our almost existential dependence on reliable electric power, utilities cannot avoid heightened expectations of customers and regulators regarding system reliability and resilience (no outages or at least shorter ones).

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We hope you will find THE SCOTTMADDEN ENERGY INDUSTRY UPDATE to be a useful and informative resource. If you would like to discuss our observations in greater detail or have us present them or our views on other industry or management issues to your executive team, please contact us. View our Energy Practice area.

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