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Utilities
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Active asset management: enabling utilities to gain a competitive edge
This paper demonstrates how organizations that choose to adopt active asset management and an optimized network utility model can align, optimize and re-optimize their asset plans in near real-time to relieve ever-changing regulatory and stakeholder pressures, achieve operational excellence and increase customer satisfaction. View summary
Active asset management: enabling utilities to gain a competitive edge 12 / 988 KB
Becoming a digital leader
Insights and recommendations to drive digital transformation in the utilities industry View summary
Becoming a digital leader 20 / 2 MB
Convergence brings opportunity and risk
The high level preparedness required to mitigate both internal and external threats requires a more holistic approach that ensures cultural and behavioral change, as well as improved control and monitoring of operations. This paper examines recent drivers affecting security for utilities and offers a specific approach across people, process, technology and governance for addressing OT networks and facilities. View summary
Convergence brings opportunity and risk 12 / 6 MB
Energy consumers drive the digital utility of the future
We’re entering an era of massive change in utility retailing. Fundamental shifts in how utilities are producing and selling electricity, gas and water are taking place, with distinctive differences in each sector. Customers are becoming electric energy producers (or prosumers) with the growing use of distributed generation systems like micro-turbines and solar panels. Across the industry, digitalization is at the top of the agenda. With the wide-scale deployment of smart meters, sensor devices and robotics, the key business issue is extracting value form the resulting deluge of data, and using it to create new offerings and services to the end customer. View summary
Energy consumers drive the digital utility of the future 24 / 1 MB
Friction-free energy: Digital transformation strategies for the utilities industry to navigate the energy transition
This white paper provides a detailed analysis of the challenges the global utilities industry faces as the current energy system slowly fades away and transforms into something new. It also investigates how technology is developing very quickly and explains how energy consumers are changing from grid connectors to “prosumers.” It concludes that the energy transition can be accelerated by using information and communications technology (ICT) as a game changer. View summary
Friction-free energy: Digital transformation strategies for the utilities industry to navigate the energy transition 12 / 3 MB
Opportunities for blockchain in the energy sector

The premise that blockchain has the potential to redistribute markets and redefine the entire economy is one that is widely shared today. Over the past three years, more than 2,500 patents relating to this technology have been filed. In the first quarter of 2016 alone, more than $1 billion was invested in blockchain start-ups and the World Economic Forum even maintains that 10% of global GDP could be created on blockchain platforms in 2025. In the light of this huge, emerging trend, organizations are beginning to ask the question: Is blockchain a threat or an opportunity?

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Opportunities for blockchain in the energy sector 28 / 2 MB
Optimized Network Utilities and Demand Response
Grid networks and customer behavior are undergoing a paradigm shift. Utilities must be at the forefront of this change and become flexible energy entities. Demand response can be seen as a tool to help utilities through this shift.
Optimized Network Utilities and Demand Response 1 MB
Reshaping the energy market: The changing role of market facilitation and emerging market designs
The energy transition has an impact on the energy market and the way the market is facilitated. As the energy transition, driven by digital transformation gathers momentum, a new market model is emerging. The changes that are underway are transforming market arrangements between all players and revenue streams. View summary
Reshaping the energy market: The changing role of market facilitation and emerging market designs 8 / 729 KB
Reshaping the Energy Market: The Impact of New Central Market Systems and the Role of Central Market Facilitation
While energy markets have been changing for a long time, the impact of this transition on market roles is now more evident than ever before. This white paper discusses how the changing role for markets is driven by new technology applications and the need to move to a low carbon economy. The shift is now to a decentralized and optimized energy market, where consumers will play a central role in both managing the grid and adopting next-generation energy-related services. This is driving a paradigm shift in both market facilitation and market roles, and the energy market will have to evolve with these changes.
Reshaping the Energy Market: The Impact of New Central Market Systems and the Role of Central Market Facilitation 8 / 6 MB
The Demand Response Paradox
The grid is changing. The nature of generation is changing. Customers are changing and markets and control systems also need to change. Demand response has been used historically and has a lot of value to provide in the future. This paper discusses the demand response paradox.
The Demand Response Paradox 12 / 1 MB
The Importance of Markets and Policy to Demand Response
This paper focuses on the link between supply and demand, and also the monetization of demand response. In order to facilitate this, we have to have policies in place that recognize its potential, guide its implementation, provide ways to measure its success and incentivize its use.
The Importance of Markets and Policy to Demand Response 12 / 479 KB
The Value of Optimization in Asset Management
The discipline of Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) is emerging as a mainstream expectation for many organizations. Those who have evolved their EAM approach over the last several years have reported benefits. This white paper examines how asset optimization helps improve financial performance for utilities through increased returns on investment and reduced costs, while preserving asset value and ensuring long-term realization of organizational objectives.
The Value of Optimization in Asset Management 8 / 250 KB
“Keeping Up” versus “Stepping Up”
This paper takes a look at what leading companies are doing to drive market leadership through their IT investments and provides recommendations for those that seek to do the same. View summary
“Keeping Up” versus “Stepping Up” 11 / 830 KB