The 41 countries in our survey spanned the main regions of Asia, Europe, North America, the Middle East and Africa, and South America. Here we highlight some of the main differences between the regions.
Although Europe is where the current environment for power utilities is proving most disruptive, the anticipation of transformation is more widely felt. Indeed, the strongest anticipation of transformation is from power utility companies in Asia.
Across the main markets of Asia, Europe and North America, only a minority of our survey participants expect centralised generation and transmission to play the lead role in meeting future demand growth. Three quarters (76%) globally expect distributed generation to play a lead role alongside or even replacing centralised generation in meeting future demand growth. And there are some in the industry that even go as far as expecting distributed generation to replace centralised generation in meeting future growth.
Some technology impacts get a middling score when aggregated on a global level but head the list of impacts at a regional level. For example, shale gas heads the list of technology impacts in North America alongside the development of electric cars.
Companies recognises the scope for major efficient improvement. For example, cost savings of more than 20% are thought possible by nearly a third of survey participants. In Europe, 58% and, in Asia, 31% say this level of cost saving is possible.
The rise of the actively engaged ‘energy saving’ and ‘energy generating’ consumer is most widely expected in Europe, North America and Asia.
Concerns about policy uncertainty are particularly strongly felt in North America (67%), South America (67%) and Europe (50%) but less so in other parts of the world.