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    Energy Journal: Transformation

    Regional oil markets and consumer empowerment are changing the industry landscape

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    Electricity Storage Technology

    Although solar power has been ballyhooed as the reigning threat to the traditional utility revenue model, there is a stealth disruptor lurking in the wings: electricity storage. New and more economically priced technology can store enough electricity to power a home or business for a few hours. That’s long enough to disrupt the peak demand charges business model many utilities rely on for th...

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    Defusing the Decommissioning Time Bomb

    Oil and gas companies have installed thousands of structures offshore in the earth’s oceans, and the time is quickly approaching for those wells, pipelines and other pieces of equipment to begin coming out.

    Already in some basins, such as the United Kingdom’s continental shelf, low production, falling efficiency, aging assets and rising decommissioning liabilities are making productio...

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    The Big Squeeze in Oil Field Services

    Since the collapse of global oil prices, oil field activity (both ongoing and planned) has decreased dramatically: Global exploration spending has contracted by almost 25 percent, the equivalent of $120 billion, due to delayed or cancelled projects. Additionally, global rig count – the key indicator of level of future exploration activity – has shrunk by 43 percent over the past 12 months.

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    Liquidity Risk

    International conflicts, an uncertain global economy, and volatile stock prices are prompting management teams to examine whether they would fare better in a liquidity crunch today than they did when the financial crisis struck seven years ago.

    In a recent Oliver Wyman survey, we asked commodity-driven industrial conglomerates and asset-backed traders about four critical liquidity-ris...

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    Cyber-Risk Management

    Energy companies are suffering from an increasing and unprecedented number of cyberattacks. The most alarming example so far: a malware attack in 2014 that compromised the operations of more than 1,000 energy companies in 84 countries, including the United States, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey and Poland. This cyber campaign, reportedly waged as a means of industrial espionage, gave ...

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    Why north american utilities are a smart bet

    The warnings of competitive threats to the US utility industry have sounded as the new smart electric network begins to evolve and develop and new distributed solar and wind generation finds traction in the market.

    Many recent analyses focus on the bleak outlook and dire consequences that the competitive dynamics of the new smart electric grid will have on utilities, especially electr...

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    Beating the hiring cycle

    In the past 12 months, oil and gas companies have been forced to do an about-face and shift from preparing for a shortage of experienced employees to shrinking their abundant workforces.

    The turnabout illustrates the long-term staffing challenge for the oil and gas industry. Many organizations handled worker shortages in recent years by developing forward-looking human resource strate...

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    What oil and gas companies can learn from the shale revolution

    Shale drillers are forging new operating models that will continue to challenge the conventional practices of the oil and gas business in a number of key areas. At first glance, these operating tactics may appear more relevant for managing a Silicon Valley startup than for running an oil and gas company. Like many high-tech startups, shale drillers manage a rapidly changing set of daily acti...