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Smart Cities

July 9, 2019

Smart city initiatives take many shapes and forms, from information kiosks and street light management to gunshot detection and response. They are used to collect data and to manage assets and resources. Typically, smart cities are driven by five primary objectives: economic development, security, quality of life, cost savings, and sustainability. As technology, the economy, and the environment change, smart cities have generated increased interest.

There are a number of roles that utilities and others can play in leading or supporting the development of a smart city. ScottMadden can help you identify and implement the appropriate strategy based on your objectives, capabilities, and existing assets.

Gas Distribution

July 9, 2019

In recent years, gas local distribution companies (LDCs) have increased their infrastructure investments due to an increased focus on safety improvements buoyed by state regulatory support for those investments. However, as the remaining infrastructure replacement projects become more difficult and expensive, LDCs are challenged to meet commitments to regulators and customers related to capital deployment and project and program execution.

With more than 35 years of industry experience, ScottMadden works with our gas LDC clients to develop regulatory and capital strategies to address these challenges. We provide you with the necessary tools and technologies to implement those strategies and to execute your critical programs successfully.

We can help you improve your gas distribution business by implementing the appropriate management systems to manage cost, ensure safety, and improve the reliability of natural gas delivery.

Electric Distribution

July 9, 2019

New electric grid technologies are changing the way that utilities monitor, control, and operate the grid, making it more reliable and more resilient.

At ScottMadden, our energy experts can advise you on grid modernization and electric distribution strategies. We have helped our clients improve their distribution businesses by implementing the appropriate technologies while managing cost and improving reliability. Through the implementation of grid modernization programs and projects, we can help you meet the needs of the evolving distribution grid. These efforts improve reliability and provide the flexibility needed for you to integrate distributed energy resources in the future.

Electric Transmission

July 9, 2019

Transmission is a key strategic asset for both integrated utilities and independent transmission owners. Changes in technology, regulation, and clean energy goals are changing the way you, as a transmission owner, invest and manage operations and compliance.

In addition to maintaining excellent operations and transmission assets, many transmission owners and operators must now compete to build future projects.

At ScottMadden, we are experienced in helping companies—from transmission start-ups to well-established, integrated utilities—achieve excellence in operations and maintenance.

Natural Gas Markets

July 9, 2019

In natural gas markets, North American production continues to drive increases in supply, demand, and associated infrastructure investments. The growth of export markets and increasing dependence on natural gas for power generation provide additional markets for gas production. Capital investments are required to develop new infrastructure and expand existing pipeline and distribution networks. These investments depend on sophisticated market and financial analysis and effective regulatory and stakeholder engagement strategy.

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Hydro Generation

July 9, 2019

Despite significant changes to the electric industry, hydro remains an important part of the generation mix. In order to respond and successfully adapt in this changing industry, owners of hydro operations must effectively plan, operate, and oversee their assets.

Our energy experts are experienced in applying the industry’s best practices to help generation utilities benchmark and improve performance. Additionally, we equip you with the tools needed to adapt to a changing regulatory and market environment.

Our work in generation is dedicated to improving plant and fleet performance. Specifically, we have assisted clients with plant operations, maintenance, outages, and management controls and planning. Our comprehensive services can help you with everything from strategic, capital, and business planning to operational improvements.

Grid Modernization

September 24, 2018

Across the U.S. (and the world), utilities are modernizing the grid both to increase reliability and resiliency and to accommodate greater amounts of distributed energy resources.

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June 13, 2018

As a business leader, you face increasing challenges and pressures to improve operational efficiency, and payroll is often one area of opportunity. Today’s employees expect the payroll function to execute flawlessly, while executive leaders want the payroll function to reduce costs, improve and accelerate decision making, and comply with required and recommended controls. Satisfying these objectives requires a holistic and integrated approach to managing the payroll process.

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April 5, 2018

Healthcare organizations are facing ever-evolving complexities and constraints that continue to challenge both business and clinical operations. As a healthcare leader, it’s your responsibility to navigate these pressures to support the delivery of high-quality, timely healthcare service. With the help of ScottMadden, you can reimagine the possibilities and achieve more with less, allowing you to focus your energy where it belongs—supporting patient care.

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Higher Education

April 5, 2018

Higher education institutions face a complex environment that is being forced to change. As a leader in higher education, you are being asked to do more with less and bring solutions that will work across varied stakeholder groups to position your institution for the future. The time to plan and take action is now. New strategies and approaches are needed to address financial constraints, complex governance, changing student and staff expectations, and long-standing cultures.

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Energy Corporate Services

April 2, 2018

As a utility leader, you are faced with the challenge of delivering efficient and effective support services to a business that is undergoing an unprecedented degree of industry change. Service company structures, shared services models, and corporate structures must address various needs, often supporting both regulated and unregulated entities. Service delivery processes need to work for diverse employee groups ranging from plant and field locations to corporate offices. Cost challenges are ever-present due to shrinking margins.

Leveraging more than 35 years of experience working with utility clients, we can help you determine the right operating model and governance structure, assess and improve your corporate functions, and bring increased value to your company. Contact us to learn more about improving your corporate and shared services.

Retail and Consumer Products Shared Services

March 30, 2018

Our experienced team understands the operational complexities and challenges you face as a retail leader. Service delivery, policies, and programs need to consider employees ranging from seasonal support to senior management. The nature of retail jobs means that employees and managers have limited ability to transact or access online training resources. High turnover often requires constant hiring, and employee relations and labor relations challenges are typical. With employees widely distributed across geographies and sites, there is typically an opportunity to deliver employee relations support centrally. Lower margins equate to lean support staff, limiting savings opportunities when making the case for shared services. All of these challenges and opportunities require developing an adaptable framework to ensure your company’s success.

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Welcome to ScottMadden!

Sussex Economic Advisors is now part of ScottMadden. We invite you to learn more about our expanded firm. Please use the Contact Us form to request additional information.