• Building Blocks – April 2016

    In this issue, we examine what delivery method can provide organizations the best balance between cost, schedule, and scope. This issue also discusses how an effective audit of turnaround operations can help provide assurance that amounts spent are appropriate and effective.

  • Cybersecurity risks in power and utilities

    In our Global Information Security Survey 2015, we assess the key cybersecurity issues threatening businesses in the power and utilities sector.

  • Utilities Unbundled Issue 21

    Innovation will be a prime route for utilities to achieve growth this year. We explore the latest trends in Utilities Unbundled.

  • Women in power and utilities

    The power and utilities sector is facing disruptive change. Diversity of thought is key to navigating this change, and turning challenge into opportunity.

  • Power transactions and trends: 2015 review and 2016 outlook

    2015 recorded a six-year high in utilities deal value and a 13% jump on 2014. We uncover the key transaction themes for the sector.

  • Power transactions and trends | Q2 2015

    How can rapid transformation drive new trends for the power and utilities sector? We uncover answers in this edition of Power Transactions and Trends.

  • Renewables index sees new horizons in 2016

    The global shift toward subsidy-free renewable energy is putting utilities, challenger businesses and investors under greater pressure to ask the right questions and compete effectively.

  • Power & Utilities Capital Confidence Barometer

    Our M&A study reveals that confidence in the global economy growth and intentions to pursue merger strategy among Power & Utilities executives at a new high.

  • How infrastructure builds economies, communities

    Three-quarters of the infrastructure that we’ll need by 2050 doesn’t exist today. Learn a strategic approach to meeting the challenges of infrastructure projects.

Power & Utilities

Helping you master transformation in power and utilities

Power and utilities companies globally face the triple challenge of improving environmental performance, keeping consumers’ costs down and maintaining system reliability.

Our Global Power & Utilities Center can help you meet the coming changes and resulting challenges. We have over 3,500 power and utilities professionals worldwide with the broad experience to help you create strategies for future growth.

Key issues shaping the power and utilities environment today include:


  • Reshaping the generation mix and renewing aging networks

    Faced with ongoing policy pressure to reduce carbon emissions, the sector has an opportunity to reshape the generation mix completely over the next 30 years, through a mix of technologies. But aging infrastructure means major investment decisions must be taken today.

    These will have implications across the value chain as networks respond to different demands from generators and suppliers.

    Companies are considering how best to react to the introduction of low-carbon generation technologies, with a host of ongoing ‘make or buy’ questions.

    Against the over-riding imperative of maintaining security of supply, key challenges include:

    • Deciding on the best generation mix for a particular market
    • Navigating policy regimes from country to country
    • Funding the acquisition or construction of low-carbon generation assets
    • Managing the risks of large-scale construction projects
    • Engaging with customers over the value of a low-carbon future.

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  • Accessing capital in times of austerity

    Power & utilities remains a hugely capital-intensive sector. The strategic allocation of available capital and access to new sources of finance will become increasingly important over the coming decade.

    Massive investment will be needed to:

    • Replace existing generation capacity, while taking account of environmental factors
    • Renew and upgrade aging network infrastructure
    • Transform today's networks into tomorrow's smart grids.

    Since the global financial crisis, P&Us have come under pressure to strengthen balance sheets. This has led to significant divestment programs in Europe, and a new round of consolidation in North America.

    Looking ahead, P&Us will have to raise and deploy capital on a huge scale, while engaging with a wide range of new finance providers and protecting credit ratings.

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