Visions for a Sustainable Energy Future

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This book offers a unique insight into the corporate health of energy companies in an evolving landscape of deregulation. Cutting across both historical and present-day situations, it demonstrates important elements vital to the success of energy companies coming out of a safe regulated structure and dealing with a new competitive environment.

Targeted at corporate executives, energy professionals, the financial and investment communities, strategic planners and regulators, readers will find this resource helpful to understand how energy companies can meet the challenges of a competitive environment, what it will take to evolve into healthy energy companies, the impacts of deregulation and assessment of successful and unsuccessful strategies for energy companies, the role of technology in business/product reinvention and a successful business model, and the differences and similarities of electricity to other commodities-the challenges to generation, power delivery, environmental science and end-use sectors of the business.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849398179
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/15/2008
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     xi
Megatrends and the Energy Horizon     1
Market trends vs. Megatrends     1
Current Crossroads: The Electric Sector Today     4
Energy Business Capital Expenditures As a Percent of Revenue     6
Inherent Conflicts in the Electricity Sector     11
Relieving the Conflict     14
Incenting Innovation: A Competitive Regulatory Framework     19
The Regulatory Dilemma     20
Electricity Company Responses to Deregulation: Invest in the New     24
Finding the Right (and Profitable) Customer Compact     33
Turning a Megatrend into Business Opportunity     35
Competitive Regulation: The Infrastructure Investment Model     38
The Destiny of Energy Business Evolution     41
Developing a Stable Business Model     44
The Art of Business Reinvention: A Classic and Stable Business Model     56
The Unique Attributes of the Electricity Industry     62
Succeeding with the Destiny of Business Evolution     66
The Destiny of Demographics     71
The Aging Workforce-A Gap of Knowledge     74
Growing Population Shifts-A Booming Retirement Issue     91
Increased ConsumerDemand-A Boomer Phenomenon     95
Succeeding with the Destiny of Demographics     103
The Destiny of Carbon Constraints and Capacity Demands     109
Supply-side Issues and the Carbon Conflict     113
Fueling the Future: Facing the Conflict     120
Incentives to Help Replace Conflict and Costly Compliance     161
Succeeding with the Megatrend of Conflict
The Destiny of Intelligent Infrastructure     169
Our National Power Grid... Now     172
The Vision-Enhanced Power Flow with Digital Control     180
Succeeding with the Megatrend of Connectivity     195
The Destiny of Customer Engagement     201
It's Your Father's Energy Interface     203
The Intelligent Energy Portal     206
The Art of Energy Efficiency and Smart Control     215
Succeeding with the Megatrend of Choice     218
The Destination: A Transformed Electricity Sector     223
A Vision for the Industry's Future     228
Transformative Paths in Telecommunications     233
Getting There from Here     236
A Healthy Balance     236
Repair, Replace, Rebuild vs. Investing in Innovation     237
Building a Model for the Future      240
Conclusion     245
Ten Ideas for the Future     245
Index     249
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  • Posted December 3, 2010

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!! Recommend if you are in the energy, utilities, energy service industry and want to stay ahead of mega-trends.

    Book is straighforward and well thoughout. Author delivers a solid read with very interesting industry forcasting and industry trends. Cunsumer electrical demand and workforce projections very insightful.

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