Utilities Unbundled - Issue 14
There are challenges for utilities at opposite ends of the value chain – creating a sustainable generation mix and putting customers at the heart of strategy.
“Reconnecting with consumers is not just a marketing ploy: it is a vital part of survival.”
— Ben van Gils, EY
A key factor reshaping supply and demand is the desire for energy to be clean. To achieve this, utilities need to diversify generation to include more renewable energy, as cost-effectively as possible.
Utilities also need to be able to offer customers a portfolio of power choices, backed by excellent service. Although customers tend to agree that clean energy is desirable, in many geographies, they haven't even begun to pay what it really costs. And costs will continue to rise, given current and future investment needs.
Utilities must engage closely with consumers, not just to ensure that they provide what buyers really want, but to educate them in how to be responsible energy users. Reconnecting with consumers is not just a marketing ploy: it is a vital part of survival.
Addressing clean energy needs within a diversified generation mix, while keeping costs as low as possible, is a theme explored from diverse angles in Utilities Unbundled.
Take a closer look at our latest issue:
- Reconnecting with customers: utilities must improve relationships with customers to survive, or risk losing out to new competitors
- Renewable views: Dr Cord Landsmann, CFO of E.ON Climate & Renewables, explores new approaches to wind power financing
- Future-proofing coal: what will clean up coal – CCS or better plant efficiency?
- Hydrogen: hype or opportunity?: falling costs and new concepts like “trigeneration” put hydrogen on the utility agenda
- Meeting Brazil's power challenge: AES Brasil's Britaldo Soares explains plans to meet soaring energy needs in the lead-up to the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics
- Canada's clean machine expands: Emera and Nalcor Energy push Canada forward as a renewable energy leader
- Preparing for the next big one: learning from Superstorm Sandy
- Unifying the EU energy community: Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of Lithuania, on the benefits of stronger collaboration
- Collaborative power boosts UK renewables: new Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult CEO Andrew Jamieson on hot-housing technology
- Going for green: cutting water consumption in Abu Dhabi
- Bringing new energy to transmission: Powerlink Queensland CEO Merryn York on changing culture in a fast-growing market
- Trading places: is it time Asia had its own natural gas trading hub?
- China could lead in CCS: strong government commitment could put China at the forefront of carbon capture and storage
- Securing tomorrow's energy today: previewing October's World Energy Congress with Cho Hwan-eik, WEC Organizing Committee Chair and CEO of KEPCO
- Rise of the new energy retailer: competitive energy markets face a radical shake-up from new entrants
We welcome your views on all the topics we've covered in this issue; contact details for our authors are listed throughout.
I've greatly enjoyed charting power and utility trends as lead editor of Utilities Unbundled since its inception in 2006. This is the last issue I will oversee: as I hand over the reins to a new editor, I'd like to thank the many contributors – utility leaders, regulators, industry commentators and politicians – who have generously given us their time and insight. I look forward to working on new challenges in the sector.