Energy & Utilities

Industry challenges

Today, the global energy industry faces a myriad of disruptive challenges, including changing customer needs, regulatory push for decarbonization of the grid, and new competitive business models:

  • Technology: New entrants explicitly making use of the latest technologies, such as blockchain, challenge traditional business models
  • Decentralization: Distributed energy systems and “prosumerism” disrupt traditional business models of centralized and integrated utilities
  • Customer action: Customers have adopted demand response technologies and energy efficiency measures that curb consumption in the long run
  • Decarbonization: Global decarbonization efforts drive the energy industry towards increasing adoption of low-carbon technologies to reduce emissions
  • Safety and reliability: Utility firms have to integrate safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable energy sources in times of rapidly changing consumer preferences and regulatory environments

With traditional business models in the energy industry under siege, we can help you create new forms of customer engagement and define streamlined processes that create operational excellence

Our Expertise

SDI employs a clear, forward-looking approach to problem-solving to arrive at innovative solutions for the international energy & utilities sector. We help our clients succeed in these challenging market conditions.

Our dynamic team of consultants integrates:

  • We have delivered value in the global energy sector across the entire energy and utility value chain since we started SDI and continue to do so in a large number of flagship projects
  • We have built decade-long relationships with key clients in the energy sector and also successfully take on any new challenge that this exciting industry offers
  • Our team of consultants regularly excels at finding solutions for our clients that face disruptive challenges and strive to streamline their businesses
  • With a strong track record in Europe and North America, SDI management Consulting has become one of the key players that can help your company design and implement innovative solutions that help navigate you through a business landscape in a state of constant transformation

Project References

Energy & Utilities

Strategy Design & Implementation, Digital Strategies

New retail strategy plus new value-added product and services for a leading U.S. energy retailer

Ensuring successful UK energy trading market entry for a top utility

Gas & Renewable generation new-build opportunities for a major independent power producer

Cost Reduction, Process & IT Systems Optimization

Operational baselining and cost standards development across energy trading organization

Detailed process mapping of an energy trading firm for successful ETRM implementation

Achieving operational excellence in energy retail

M&A Screening, M&A Execution and Post-Merger Integration

Successful planning and financial modeling of major LNG export terminal

Due Diligence of a Supercritical CO2 Generation Technology Firm

Screening of top acquisition targets for Natural Gas Plant

Customer Analytics, Marketing & Sales Excellence

Achieving marketing excellence in energy retail

Indirect sales channel assessment for C&I energy customers

Developing the business model of the future for leading energy retailer


Recent Publications

Energy & Utilities

December 2017


Energy Services Trends

SDI conducts annual trend studies that shape the 'Energy & Utilities – Energy Services' industry. Please request your copy via link below.

December 2017


C&I Electricity Consumption Trends

SDI has recently reviewed major commercial and industrial electricity consumption trends affecting energy retailers

July 2017


Energy Systems Evolution and Big Data

Capturing Value from Big Data via Real-Time Power Contracts: Energy retailers seek to achieve better energy contracting by integrating with wholesale and generation IT systems

June 2017


RE100 Overview

Large C&I customers increasingly procure renewable energy voluntarily, beyond federal and state regulatory obligations

April 2017


Retail Energy Trend Study

SDI conducts annual trend studies that shape the 'Energy & Utilities – Energy Retail' industry. Please request your copy via link below.

March 2017


Transmission & Distribution Trends

SDI conducts annual trend studies that shape the 'Energy & Utilities – Transmission & Distribution' industry. Please request your copy via link below.

March 2017


Wholesale Energy Trends

SDI conducts annual trend studies that shape the 'Energy & Utilities – Wholesale' industry. Please request your copy via link below.

February 2017


Power Generation Trend Report

SDI conducts annual trend studies that shape the 'Energy & Utilities – Generation & Upstream' industry. Please request your copy via link below.

February 2017


Oil & Gas Upstream Trend Report

SDI conducts annual trend studies that shape the 'Energy & Utilities – Generation & Upstream' industry. Please request your copy via link below.

September 2016


Smart Home Outlook

Commercialization of Smart Home solutions provides attractive diversification and cross-selling opportunities to energy retailers

July 2016


SEUS New-build Activity

The Clean Power Plan is expected to trigger large amount of gas-fired new-build; strong nuclear fleets are set to drive rate-based compliance

May 2016


SPP New-build Activity

SPP coal exposure and the need to balance large amounts of wind generation are set to drive need for natural gas generation

February 2016


MISO New-build Activity

The Clean Power Plan is expected to trigger significant gas-fired new-build, relying on new natural gas infrastructure development

October 2015


Natural Gas Infrastructure Trends

Regional accessibility and export capacity driven infrastructure investments may slow in current global market conditions

August 2015


[German] Stromhandelstrends

Veränderungen bei Energieangebot und -nachfrage beeinflussen die Stromhandelsmärkte direkt und langfristig

July 2015


Wholesale Energy Trends

The changes in the energy supply and usage directly affect the wholesale power and gas markets on multiple levels