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P&GJ: Contractors and Utilities: What Makes a Relationship Work?

Fifteen years ago, a gas utility client faced a nearly impossible task – quadrupling pipeline construction with a limited increase in internal resources. The solution – bring in the contractors as trusted partners and build the solution together.

And it worked.

Relationships of any kind take hard work, but the benefits can be tremendous. Our work as strategic advisors to utilities and contractors has helped us gain a deeper understanding of the key ingredients to strong contractor/utility relationships.

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Cheap Imported Solar Panels and Modules Have Harmed Domestic Panel Manufacturers Says USITC

The recent decision by the United States International Trade Commission, in which the commission found that cheap imported solar panels and modules have harmed domestic panel manufacturers, is creating a good deal of uncertainty about the future of the solar market in the US.  Our team at Continuum Advisory Group completed some research on the Utility Scale Solar business this summer for a client.  Despite a recent slowdown in Utility Scale Solar projects in 2017, there is a large amount of work in the pipeline.  As shown in this data from the Solar Energy Industries Association, the current pipeline of Utility Scale Solar is greater than the current amount of Utility Scale Solar installed.

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Shifting Gears | Our view of the “Utility of the Future”

An often-heard term at Continuum Advisory Group is “the Utility of the Future”. This most often describes a shift to new or emerging technology that will define a new era of efficient operation. It can change how construction takes place and how companies operate.

While physical assets are critical, there’s another more important aspect of corporate operations at stake, management of the way we run the business. We believe that a “Utility of the Future” will change management practices as much, if not more, than operational practices.

Consider the current gas utility environment: The Industry is subject to increased regulation, deteriorating infrastructure, and an aging experienced workforce that serve an industry that young people are not attracted to. There are many moving parts and managing those parts will be the major challenge – or opportunity.

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New Interstate Transmission Line Could Dampen Interest in Fracking in North Carolina

Gas-Drill-Fracking1The potential for the use of hydraulic fracturing as a technique to purse shale oil/gas in North Carolina has received lots of attention and recent legislation proposed by the state government might ease the path to using this technique that is currently outlawed.  Two local papers, The Raleigh News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer, have been following this topic.  In preparation of a recent article, I completed a series of interviews with the author, John Murawski. 

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