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The ScottMadden Energy Industry Update – Winter 2015 Changes: Turn and Face the Strange
Date: 2015/02/16

We are pleased to announce our Winter 2015 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.


With apologies to David Bowie, we enter 2015 to turn and face the strange and the opportunity of changes. As market changes, regulatory processes, and technology evolution unfold, energy and utility companies will face them and adapt. Highlights include:

View from the Executive Suite


In this section, we look at themes of this issue as well as mergers, acquisitions, and corporate restructurings, particularly reverse MLPs.

Energy Supply, Demand, and Markets


Changes are afoot as electric vehicles begin to get traction and energy storage and decentralized generation gain ground. We also look at trends in the natural gas markets and what, if any, impact low oil prices are having on them.

Rates and Regulatory Developments


In this section, we examine growing interest in renewable tariffs by some customer segments and EPA’s long-awaited coal combustion residuals rule.

Clean Tech and Environment


ScottMadden and the Solar Electric Power Association visited Germany in September 2014 on a fact-finding mission. In this section, we detail what they learned about the “Energiewende” and lessons for the United States. We also look at latest developments in EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan.

Managing the Utility Enterprise


Differing regulatory constructs are driving utilities to adjust their business models. In this section, we look at examples of these options. We also examine trends in levelized cost of energy from various resources and what those drivers are.

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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