A winning field mobility deployment approach for power and utility companies
Mobile technology is changing the way that power and utility companies operate their businesses, from the job site to the back office. Utilities that successfully deploy mobility solutions achieve productivity improvements of 20% to 30%.
Asset gain or drain: Are you making the right enterprise asset management decisions?
Assets are the lifeblood of the power and utilities industry. David Etheridge, PwC’s US power & utilities leader, observed at the latest Roundtable that managing assets is the key issues for power and utility companies.
Pipeline Components Traceability, Utilities companies new frontier
The Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act was signed into law to amend Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Specific changes will include new requirements for pipeline operators to provide geospatial and technical data for pipeline components.
Improving pipeline safety with speed, efficiency and quality
The Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 is expected to accelerate and expand the scope of current gas pipeline safety enhancement efforts, resulting in much higher operational complexity.
Gridlines: What's next for nuclear power?
This PwC publication takes a pragmatic look at the long-term plans and actions that will be required to move the energy transformation ahead. That’s where nuclear power continues to fit in, according to many scientists and policy makers. Nuclear faces challenges, of course, but how they are being met is the subject of this issue of Gridlines.
Gain not pain: Managing risk in utilities capital projects
Senior executives and experts from several countries convened at PwC's March 2011 Capital Projects and Infrastructure Roundtable to discuss challenges facing utility companies. This report gives a flavor of the content from what was a very wide-ranging roundtable discussion. We focus our summary on people, financing, contracts and delivery, dispute avoidance and resolution and round up the report with a review of the important points that came out of the discussion.
Successful capital projects: The integrated risk framework
Capital investment projects are more closely scrutinized today than ever before. To rein in costs and chart a path to success, companies must employ sound methodologies that guide decision making from project start to finish. This report provides framework around the adoption of a governance approach that drives high-performance capital projects.
Transforming IT with better business processes: How demand-driven IT can prepare power companies for grid modernization
Power grid modernization requires updates to power companies’ technology, people, and processes and a time when power company CIOs are being asked to contain IT spending. Adoption of demand based IT will enable power companies to achieve operational and cost efficiencies.
Change is happening: Is your workforce ready?
A PwC power and utilities industry survey shows that many companies are unsure how to best handle the ongoing dramatic human resource evolution within their organizations.
Change is certain. Are you? How to alter your organization’s views on change and strategy
Over the course of the past few tumultus years, one thing has not changed much. A majority - about 75% - of change initiatives fail. In these cases, change is more chronic than constant, as organizations let an important lifeline to future success and slip through their hands. A rigorous change process, in which challenging questions are addressed and no assumption goes unturned, can unveil crucial information about stakeholders’ perceptions of change-readiness and help breathe new life into an organization and its team.
Integrated strategic mobility: technology drives improvement
This paper explores how utilities can harness new web-based technology to thrive in today’s evolving marketplace.
Business continuity and disaster recovery: Enhancing enterprise resiliency for the power and utilities industry
Business continuity is becoming a growing part of government-based preparedness initiatives. While utilities are well versed in the necessities of ensuring reliability during challenging events, the 'business continuity' focus doesn't typically have the same maturity.
Enterprise risk management: Increasing the value of power and utility ERM programs
Power and utility companies have implemented Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) programs to track and mitigate risk. ERM programs can improve operational efficiency, increase financial gains, and achieve competitive advantage.
Regulatory compliance: Taking a proactive approach to assessing the effectiveness of regulatory compliance programs
Power and utility companies struggle to systematically identify, measure, prioritize, streamline and respond to regulatory acts like Dodd-Frank, the Clean Air Act and the Energy Policy Act, along with the promulgation of rules by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)/North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC).
A Closer Look: FinReg impacts on nonfinancial companies
This edition of A Closer Look provides context and perspective on the areas of Dodd-Frank that are of particular concern to nonfinancial companies.
Appetite for change
The most comprehensive survey of its kind yet completed, Appetite for change examines attitudes in the international business community towards environmental regulation, legislation and taxes.
10Minutes on monetizing carbon
10Minutes on Monetizing Carbon looks at what companies can do to prepare for a broader trend toward putting a price on greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs).