The Energy Industry Update – Volume 15, Issue 1

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.

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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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The Energy Industry Update - Volume 16, Issue 2

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.
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