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.

  • How Utilities Can Make the Most of Distributed Energy Resources

    February 01, 2017 | Bain Brief

    Integrated planning allows utilities to manage the influx of electricity from rooftop solar panels and other new generation sources.

  • Why Utilities Need to Make the Digital Transformation

    February 19, 2016 | Utilities & Alternative Energy | Utility Week

    Can utility executives, who are used to planning 5, 10 or 20 years out, learn to move at a faster, digital pace?

  • 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.

  • Adapt and Adopt: Digital Transformation for Utilities

    November 11, 2015 | Utilities & Alternative Energy | Bain Brief

    Digital transformation offer new opportunities for utilities in customer engagement, new products and services, and more efficient operations. Success will require a significant investment in new talent and capabilities, and careful prioritization. Senior executives must be deliberate about picking

  • 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