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.

  • European utilities primed for consolidation in shift to renewables

    June 27, 2017 | Utilities & Alternative Energy | Financial Times | Media mention

    Julian Critchlow, a partner with Bain & Company, says growth in renewables has created excess capacity of about 25 to 30 percent in the European power sector, depressing profit margins for generators. He predicts mergers of equals through which companies will share synergies from closing uneconomic

  • Utilities think digital to serve homes of future

    May 29, 2017 | Utilities & Alternative Energy | Financial Times | Media mention

    Julian Critchlow, a partner with Bain & Company, stresses that in the immediate future most utility companies will need - and will continue - to make money on basic energy supply. Until more homes move "off grid" with their own solar panels and batteries that can store excess electricity, energy

  • How Emerging Markets Can Attract Capital to Their Power Sectors

    April 24, 2017 | The Financial Times

    Policymakers can take four steps to make energy investment viable and profitable.

  • Future of Healthy: Can We Afford Another Five Global Financial Crises?

    February 19, 2016 | World Economic Forum

    Non-communicable diseases such as cancer and diabetes are a silent pandemic of our own making and a real threat not only to human health but to global prosperity.

  • Plugging into Emerging Electricity Markets

    February 03, 2016 | Utilities & Alternative Energy | Bain Brief

    Companies and investors interested in global expansion in the power sector must consider a range of opportunities and risks.

  • Brazil Energy Frontiers 2015 Conference

    June 18, 2015 | Utilities & Alternative Energy | Instituto Acende Brasil | Media mention

    Julian Critchlow, the leader of Bain & Company's Global Utilities & Alternative Energy practice, was a keynote speaker at the Brazil Energy Frontiers 2015 Conference. In this video, Critchlow discusses findings from The Future of Electricity, a report by Bain and the World Economic Forum, and

  • One Man's Quixotic Quest For a Greener Future

    April 23, 2015 | The Financial Times

    Even an ardent enthusiast, one willing to invest time and money to live a more environmentally sustainable life, will find it hard to make some green technology work.

  • Business and Investment Opportunities in a Changing Electricity Sector

    January 29, 2015 | Bain Brief

    The electricity sector is evolving as it seeks to reduce its carbon output and reduce dependence on distant fuel sources. New technologies are contributing to the rise of distributed generation and to businesses that help users reduce and manage their energy consumption. These changes are

  • Why EU Energy Policy Isn't Working

    January 06, 2015 | Public Utilities Fortnightly

    For the past decade, the energy policies of the European Union and individual countries have pursued the dual goals of reducing carbon emissions and promoting energy security. Laudable goals—but politics has gotten in the way.