Publications

  • Embracing the Next Energy Revolution: Electricity Storage

    October 18, 2017 | Bain Brief

    As battery costs decline, utilities and their customers are beginning to deploy large-scale energy storage.

  • Be Right More Often: How Utilities can Make Better Bets

    January 29, 2014 | Utilities & Alternative Energy | Bain Brief

    Energy markets are difficult to predict at the best of times, harder still in a time of supply shocks, declining usage and uncertain regulations. As utility executives look to the future, they can make better investment decisions by building up their scenario planning capabilities and identifying

  • Reintegration innovation?

    August 02, 2013 | Utilities & Alternative Energy | Utility Week

    Integration can offer significant benefits: a broader customer base, less exposure to market volatility and access to shifting profit pools. However, this is not always the case. Analysis by Bain & Company shows that the benefits of vertical integration are frequently less than executives think.

  • How utilities should evaluate upstream and downstream integration

    February 20, 2013 | Utilities & Alternative Energy | Bain Brief

    Having seen few benefits from the breakup of generation, transmission and retail service, many utility executives now wonder if expanding back into these markets might offer lower transaction costs, better hedging or other advantages. Bain’s analysis suggests that, while integration offers

  • Utilities: The road ahead

    February 22, 2012 | Utilities & Alternative Energy | Bain Brief

    Successful utilities don’t look far afield for growth; they profit from their core and expand from there

  • Are we on the edge of a truly global gas market?

    December 05, 2011 | Utilities & Alternative Energy | Bain Brief

    In relatively short order, unconventional gas has altered the North American energy landscape. Now it is shifting energy dynamics across the globe. The “Shale Gale” has turned North America into a “gas island,” no longer dependent on gas imports. The LNG once destined for US shores must now find

  • Biofuels offer a growing alternative

    February 18, 2011 | Utilities & Alternative Energy | Houston Chronicle

    With the New Year comes a new Congress and the promise of change - but some things remain the same. While the moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico has been lifted, people remain worried about oil exploration in environmentally sensitive areas. The U.S.

  • Affluent likely to lead charge for electric vehicles

    July 23, 2010 | Automotive | Houston Chronicle

    Suddenly, America's shift to electric vehicles is in top gear. A recent Senate bill proposes switching half of America's cars and trucks to electric power by 2030. Cities across the U.S. are actively promoting the adoption of electric vehicles.

  • Carbon constraints alter landscape

    April 10, 2010 | Metals & Mining | Houston Chronicle

    While the debate over how countries can reduce carbon emissions continues, political and civic leaders are scrambling to cope with the near certainty of an increasingly carbon-constrained world. In the U.S., President Barack Obama's administration is committed to adopting a new energy policy.

  • Carbon constraints alter landscape

    April 10, 2010 | Metals & Mining | Houston Chronicle

    While the debate over how countries can reduce carbon emissions continues, political and civic leaders are scrambling to cope with the near certainty of an increasingly carbon-constrained world. In the U.S., President Barack Obama's administration is committed to adopting a new energy policy.