Shifts in energy policy, technology, and consumer focus are driving transformation throughout the industry, though many organizations are still in the early stages. For most energy and utility companies, success will be achieved through transforming the utility network, improving generation performance, and transforming customer operations. The resulting smarter energy systems will help save billions of dollars in operating costs and reduce the need to build more capacity; anticipate detect, and respond to problems quickly; empower consumers; and help integrate electric vehicles and energy from renewable sources. While the electricity infrastructure that underpinned much of the economic and social development of the 20th Century continues to perform its original functions well, there is widespread consensus that it must be fundamentally transformed in order to meet the needs of the 21st Century. The utilities and energy companies that build, maintain, and operate the world’s electric power systems must respond to a number of critical challenges and opportunities, ranging from resource constraints and environmental strictures, to more proactive consumers and potentially disruptive technologies. The scale of the challenges is significant. Global growth in energy consumption is expected to increase by more than 40 percent over the next 25 years. In some regions of the world, the increase in demand will exceed 100 percent over that same time period. Regardless of the rate of growth in energy demand in a particular market, complexity is certain to increase, driven by societal shifts to more sustainable technologies, such as electric vehicles and distributed and renewable generation.

We at Atkinson Stuart understand the intricacies and challenges of this sector. Our energy & utility practice provides search consulting services to firms in gas distribution, electric power distribution, transmission, fossil fuel power generation, hydroelectric power generation, nuclear power generation, energy infra-structure development, energy trading & marketing, sales, risk modelling, risk management, human resources management, IT, tax, legal and regulatory.