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Accelerating digital transformations: A playbook for utilities

– Utilities trying to reinvent themselves as digital enterprises have found it hard to scale up from digital pilots. Adopting digital ways of working, adding talent, and modernizing IT will hasten transformation.

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The new economics of energy storage

– Energy storage can make money right now. Finding the opportunities requires digging into real-world data.

Five things Bill Gates gets right on energy

– And one I’m not so sure about.

The digital utility: New opportunities and challenges

– Many utilities see the digital revolution as a threat to their business model, but massive opportunities await those able to transform... themselves ahead of the curve.

Renewable energy: Evolution, not revolution

– Wind, solar, and geothermal energy are growing rapidly, but the world will also continue to rely on fossil fuel for decades to... come.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Agility lessons from utilities

– The industry faces pressure on its core businesses and unexpected digital competition. Evaluating the external environment and... making bets more quickly will be decisive for incumbents.

Lower oil prices but more renewables: What’s going on?

– Why the renewables sector is more resilient than ever.

Beyond the storm—value growth in the EU power sector

– The European power sector has been hit by macroeconomic and industry-specific factors that led to overcapacity and low prices:... We examine how incumbents could increase the sector value pools by 2020.

Powering Africa

– There is a direct correlation between economic growth and electricity supply. If sub-Saharan Africa is to fulfill its promise,... it needs power—and lots of it.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

India’s tech opportunity: Transforming work, empowering people

– A dozen disruptive technologies can add up to $1 trillion in GDP by 2025 and help bring millions of Indians up the MGI Empowerment... Line.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

A road map to the future for the auto industry

– As the sector transforms itself, will the automobile keep its soul?

Can bioenergy replace coal?

– Europe wants 27 percent of its energy to come from renewable sources by 2030. Bioenergy has the potential to help the continent... reach that goal, but it requires an industry comeback.
Commentary - McKinsey Quarterly

Daniel Yergin on the next energy revolution

– The global energy expert and Pulitzer Prize–winning author expects an energy landscape rife with innovations—and surprises.
Commentary - McKinsey Quarterly

Fred Krupp on the benefits of monitoring resource use

– The head of the Environmental Defense Fund describes how the rise of big data and sensing technologies could improve the bottom... line for companies and the environment.

How resource scarcity is driving the third Industrial Revolution

– The authors of the new book Resource Revolution argue that high resource prices are spurring innovations powerful enough... to unlock a new phase of global economic growth.

Myths and realities of clean technologies

– Don’t be fooled by high-profile setbacks. The cleantech sector is gaining steam—with less and less regulatory assistance.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

The disruptive potential of solar power

– As costs fall, the importance of solar power to senior executives is rising.

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