• Plug in Customer

    Why do most utilities struggle to satisfy customers? We explore key lessons learned and how to chart a more effective path for the future.

  • Building Blocks – April 2015

    Our latest issue examines how to interpret patterns in data sets during the audit process using Benford's Law and how to mitigate subcontractor risks in times of economic uncertainty.

  • Plug in Tax

    What impact is transformational change in the power and utilities (P&U) sector having on the tax landscape? We explore in the latest edition of Plug in.

  • Power transactions and trends, 2014 review and 2015 outlook

    Deal activity touched five-year highs in 2014, as utilities and financial investors turned to M&A to drive earnings growth. What does 2015 hold?

  • Utilities Unbundled Issue 18

    How will capacity markets solve Europe’s unique solar and wind grid challenges?

  • Power transactions and trends, Q3 2014

    Deal value in the first nine months of 2014 has already equaled 2013’s full-year deal value. What will drive M&A as we move toward 2015?

  • Power & Utilities: Capital Confidence Barometer

    Confidence in economic stability, backed by stronger balance sheets, is set to support deals in the power and utilities sector.

  • Capital outlook: power and utilities

    Buying, selling or considering a shift in the focus of your capital agenda? We provide data and insights to guide capital investment in the sector.

  • Renewable energy investment: Canada

    Our latest issue reviews district reviews energy projects development best practice and discusses where future district energy growth is likely to occur.

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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