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Our Latest Thinking on Power & Utilities

Utilities are transforming in the face of increased uncertainty, weak growth in traditional businesses, and increasing customer and stakeholder expectations. Explore BCG’s latest thought leadership on power and utilities to learn more about the threats and opportunities that will impact your business.

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Three Steps Power Companies Must Take to Adapt to a Changing Industry

BCG’s Sabine Stock says power generators must become more focused on cost cutting; pay more attention to flexibility, particularly when it comes to staffing; and approach maintenance routines in new ways.

New Paths to Productivity in Power Generation

New Paths to Productivity in Power Generation

The survival of conventional power producers requires improving productivity long term. Lean management systems and new digital technologies can complement  utilities’ belt-tightening efforts.

Why Coal Will Keep Burning

Think coal is history? Think again. Coal demand is likely to hold steady in the years ahead. The implications—for companies, for investors, and for climate change—are huge.

Real Promise of Hydrogen

The Real Promise of Hydrogen

Beware the hydrogen hype. Low-carbon hydrogen does have massive potential—but only if companies target its use in areas that make economic sense.

The Power Grid of the Future

The Power Grid of the Future

Power network operators face multiple potential disruptions. Widespread defection from the grid is just one of them.

How Power and Gas Network Companies Can Win in the Grid of the Future

BCG senior partner Magín Yáñez discusses the three main challenges these companies face today—and how changing operational processes will play a large role in future success.

Three Ways Utility Companies Can Drive Fresh Growth in Retail

According to BCG’s Stephan Lehrke, power companies can increase their retail business by increasing customer growth and improving profitability, moving into other markets, and building up their retail operations through value-added services—especially digital.

Power & Utilities - The Digital Energy Retailer

The Digital Energy Retailer

By acting quickly to digitally transform their businesses, energy retail companies can fend off challengers and pursue new growth opportunities.

Holger Rubel on Where the Distributed Energy Market Is Headed

Distributed energy is transforming the way energy is generated and used. To stay competitive, incumbents must strengthen their understanding of B2B and B2C customers’ needs in diverse industries.

Finding the Sweet Spot in Distributed Energy

Finding the Sweet Spot in Distributed Energy

As renewable energy and battery storage transform power grids around the world, companies find themselves at a crossroads: Will they forge a path toward consolidation or remain fragmented?

Energy & Environment in India

Energy Transitions: Adapting to the New Normal of the Changing World

Energy Transitions: Adapting to the New Normal of the Changing World

While the global energy system is witnessing progressive transformation , the report focuses on the various challenges that global oil and gas firms are facing which are questioning the sector’s business operations. However it tries to present some possible solutions to meet the growing global energy demand with reduced emissions; some options that companies may consider as they prepare to be part of a world with net zero emissions by 2050.

Decentral energy and DISCOMs – can they co-exist?

Decentral energy and DISCOMs – can they co-exist?

While the Indian Power Sector recently achieved the distinguished feat of 100 percent household electrification, ensuring cheap and reliable power 24X7 to all its consumers is a great challenge. Despite making significant progress, long power cuts are still the norm for select states and districts in India. In this backdrop, emerging technologies pertaining to distributed energy systems are gaining momentum across the country. While such systems have the potential to empower customers to move towards self-sufficiency, they are also perceived as a significant threat by DISCOMs.

Digital In Power

Digital In Power

The Indian power sector is evolving rapidly through changes in regulations, demand and technology. While the sector has seen strong growth and improved accessibility, challenges still remain across the value chain. Generating assets are increasingly faced with margin pressures owing to raw material volatility (for thermal assets) and increased competition (for renewables).

Preparing for a Warmer World

We have the technologies to combat climate change but not the means to implement them globally. Now we must both continue the fight and make realistic plans.

2019 Global Gas Report

This report, coproduced by BCG and the International Gas Union, assesses recent trends shaping today’s global gas industry and the factors that will affect the market in the future.

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