Utilities

Energy companies need a new leadership style

26 February 2018 eric morel 0

Let’s take a moment to look at the energy markets: we have not yet found how to name accurately the level of disruption that affects them. Several disruptions are telescoping and overlapping: technological, topological, regulatory, societal. Facing and managing these ruptures without damage: that is […]

Utilities

A signature for energy companies?

15 January 2018 eric morel 0

Some starred restaurants have long defined their “signature”: a detail characterizing them and allowing them to be identified immediately. It can be a culinary focus: fish or mushrooms, or a particular dish. This signature conveys a part of their history, of their culture; it helps […]

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Should future utilities integrate all competences?

1 January 2018 eric morel 0

In recent months, utilities have been active on the Demand Response question: while Alpiq previously acquired Flexitricity and Engie invested in Kiwipower, two new acquisitions targeted major players in this nascent market: EnerNoc acquired by ENEL and ReStore purchased by Centrica. What do these acquisitions […]

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The strategy of energy companies: how to develop it today?

4 December 2017 eric morel 0

The processes of strategic analysis have developed in recent decades on simple fundamentals: – Understand your environment – Assess your strengths and weaknesses – Quantify the issues – Choose the right positioning But are these pillars sufficient? Are conventional approaches to strategic analysis still adapted […]

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The strategic dilemma of “small” utilities

27 November 2017 eric morel 0

Some countries, such as Switzerland, have made market fragmentation a kind of trademark: Swiss utilities rarely exceed the threshold of 200,000 residential customers. Other countries, on the other hand, give the impression of having dominant national players such as, for example, France, Italy or Spain. […]

Utilities

The strategic dilemma(?) of alternative Energy Suppliers

2 October 2017 eric morel 0

The opening up of energy markets to competition has led to the emergence of new energy suppliers. They are not producers. They are not distribution network operators. Their model seems unprecedented on a national scale. I often hear large utilities disdain them as they don’t […]

Utilities

Dear cities and utilities: you are unique!

18 September 2017 eric morel 0

This title, in the style of declaration of love, is inspired by what I observe very often: cities and utilities willing to deploy solutions proven by others. Why would this simple observation justify a particular argument? In the development of energy systems, each situation is […]

Utilities

Utilities: Several decades are needed to build a cathedral

14 August 2017 eric morel 0

We always learn a lot by paying attention to what the elders did. Cathedral builders have always been at the forefront of innovation; they exploited the potential of new technologies to improve the building: elegance, height, breadth, finesse and everything that contributed to the image […]

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