Energy & Environment

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Oil Price Volatility: The Series

March 2015
The sharp decrease in oil prices has material implications for natural-gas markets. But markets will not react uniformly.
January 2015
Oil prices have plummeted to levels not seen since the financial crisis. What does this mean for oil and gas companies and other stakeholders?
January 2015
These are difficult times for upstream energy companies. To succeed, such businesses will have to make bold, fundamental changes across the entire organization.

Oil & Gas

April 2015
Distinct economic principles and requirements underlie success in shale development. This holds especially true for operational performance.
October 2014
To succeed in today's increasingly challenging competitive environment, smaller exploration and production companies have to find new, differentiated ways to grow profitably and sustainably.
March 2015
To build a competitive edge for the future, shipping companies need to understand the business case for switching to environmentally friendlier options for marine fuel.
May 2014
Drawing from its work with the world’s leading subsea operators and suppliers, BCG outlines nine actions that companies can take to address the challenges of maturity.

European Power

September 2014
Germany’s ongoing transformation of its power sector has met both successes and challenges. What are the implications for the country and European power markets broadly?
September 2014
It is unlikely that Europe’s structurally flawed energy policies will be fixed in a holistic manner, so companies must rethink their business models and learn to cope with dysfunctional markets.
July 2014
Improving economics and innovation are driving the growth of distributed energy. Utilities must respond proactively to this rising threat by leveraging their many advantages.
June 2013
Belgium’s current power policy may have significant ramifications for the country, including sharp increases in power costs and higher CO2 emissions.
Big Data and Beyond
July 2014
It can be hard to tell how retail energy providers can fuel growth with big data right away. We see three opportunities with high potential in the near term.
May 2014
The challenges of big data may seem as outsized as its potential. But by developing six key capabilities, businesses can realize big data’s full promise.

Future of Power

June 2013
To ensure that their fossil-fuel plants operate flexibly and competitively in tomorrow’s more volatile market, power companies must undertake a holistic transformation of their organizations.
Operational Excellence
October 2013
A BCG benchmarking revealed that simplification—of a company’s business model, processes, and organization—is critical for best-in-class efficiency in retail energy sales.
February 2013
Energy network operators that take a holistic approach can reduce costs by as much as 15 percent if they pull the right combination of levers.