Bain briefs and books

  • 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.

  • Cost Reduction for Utilities in a Zero Load-Growth World

    July 26, 2017 | Bain Brief

    North American utilities will need to cut $15 billion, about 20% of operations and maintenance costs, over the next 5 years to meet their commitments to investors.

  • Harnessing the Value of Grid-Edge Technologies

    May 03, 2017 | Bain Brief

    Electrification, decentralization and digitalization are creating a smarter electric system with new opportunities for energy companies.

  • 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.

  • How Utilities Are Deploying Data Analytics Now

    August 31, 2016 | Bain Brief

    Forward-thinking utilities executives are already using new sources of data to generate insights and create value.

  • Scale Matters: Unlocking Value in Utilities

    May 04, 2016 | Bain Brief

    Building scale will be essential to utilities' growth as demand for electricity plateaus. Energy companies can derive value from scale by tapping traditional cost synergies, deploying repeatable processes and using capital more effectively.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Building Productivity and Accountability in T&D Organizations

    November 12, 2014 | Bain Brief

    Many utilities have reorganized their transmission and distribution (T&D) organizations from regional models to centralized, functional structures to improve efficiency and reduce costs. But this can replace one set of problems with another. Rather than reorganize again, executives should focus on