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Energy & Utilities

The field of energy & utilities grows ever more challenging. Energy companies must cope with a rapidly changing competitive environment, demand for heavy investment in generation and grid, the rise of renewable energy, the push toward energy efficiency, and at the same time the advent of unconventional gas and oil. New regulatory developments and more sophisticated customers also add to the difficult business environment.

In the water business, large capital expenditures are needed to develop new infrastructure in developing countries, while in developed countries existing infrastructure needs revamping in a context of sharply decreasing volumes. In the waste business, decreasing waste volumes and separation of waste streams in developed countries are requiring waste companies to reexamine their businesses entirely. Across the board in energy & utilities, change has become the status quo.

Together with our clients, we develop the strategic, operational and organizational answers to these challenges and help implement tailored solutions that work. Many of our clients are active across the entire value chain, from exploration and production to retail, while others focus on a specific niche, like trading or grid operation. Some clients have a broad multi-utility focus and offer a range of products to their end-users. We also work for these end-users, many of them large industrial players, and we advise governments and regulators at the regional, national and supranational levels. We also advise new entrants from other industries, who look at this changing environment as an opportunity to bring disruptive answers.

In brief

The energy & utility sector is a pillar of Roland Berger's business. We have more than 170 professionals worldwide dedicated to this field.

Our project portfolio comprises more than 300 projects in over 30 countries across the globe. We serve leading energy & utilities companies, helping them tackle challenges in three fields:

  • Corporate, including strategy, post-merger integration, performance improvement and reorganization
  • Functional, including marketing and value management
  • Organizational and operational optimization across the value chain, from exploration to retail

There is an acute need for tailored solutions in energy & utilities. Companies working in this industry have very specific structures and the markets in which they operate are in a constant state of change. These players are working to realign their competitive positioning while at the same time delivering shareholder value, being socially responsible and creating or maintaining their competitive advantages. Helping our clients tackle all of these challenges is our mission.

We also serve industrial clients that depend on power, oil and gas. Volatile prices mean they face massive uncertainty in their cost positions. We develop sound models that help validate the choices made, drive make-or-buy decisions and help assess opportunity/risk profiles of different solutions. What's more, our supply and demand-side experience has made us the consultant of choice for regulatory issues.

In our work, we cooperate frequently with our Roland Berger colleagues who have experience in other industries and specific functional know-how. For instance, we work side-by-side with our corporate finance experts in due diligence assignments on investments in energy companies or projects for investors, like private equity companies or infrastructure funds. Roland Berger expertise in engineered products and the high tech industry provide valuable contribution to energy & utilities projects, as well.

With all our clients, we share the belief that knowledge of the industry, functional expertise and a local "feel" for the situation must be combined to produce the best results.

Our views

Through our projects and market studies, Roland Berger develops broad know-how in the energy & utility sector. While operating at the forefront of sector developments, we develop views on the future energy & utilities sector jointly with our clients. These shared views are essential in helping our clients shape the future industry. Some of our views are presented below.

Energy efficiency (EE) is a must in today's energy policy but is difficult to achieve due to the high number of levers that must come together to secure significant savings

  • EE is a must in public energy policies, both for new build and for reconstruction of existing facilities; it is an alternative to extension of power/heat generation capacities and it contributes to Kyoto objectives
  • EE aims at saving energy without significantly limiting end-user consumption patterns
  • Savings can typically reach 20-30%, depending on the starting point. All sectors may be targeted by EE levers: industry, housing, commercial/public buildings, transportation, etc. Several types of levers can be implemented to achieve significant savings
  • Many governments and public bodies around the globe implement measures in favor of EE, e.g. direct subsidies, incentives, taxes, pilot programs; but there is no comprehensive and global approach towards EE, as was the case for CO2 via the Kyoto protocol
  • EE may ultimately challenge utilities' business models, at least in mature countries, as these companies will need to shift from a volume-driven model to a service-focused posture to go together with their clients in this direction of using energy efficiency. But utilities cannot develop such strategies on their own, as EE implementation requires an assemblage of capabilities and experiences from a number of sectors: appliances, energy services, engineering, real estate, etc.

While the Fukushima accident has been a severe blow to the nuclear industry, nuclear power generation will remain a key and credible instrument in the global fight against climate change

While the Fukushima accident has been a severe blow to the nuclear industry, nuclear power generation will remain a key and credible instrument in the global fight against climate change – More than 200 reactors will start by 2030, in a market that will yet shrink from 7 to 35% – OEM as well as utilities will however face huge investments in order to adapt to the game change – Beyond investments, it is also a cultural and national and international governance change

  • While nuclear seems to be more heavily challenged across the world, for environmental, geopolitical or financial concerns, its development perspectives remain solid, with more than 200 reactors due to start operations towards 2030, mostly driven by Asia
  • Even in Europe, several countries have restated their commitment toward nuclear generation, as a key instrument of their fight against climate change
  • The Fukushima tragedy has however been a severe blow to the global nuclear industry as it has raised three types of concerns

    – Are there design flaws, especially on ageing assets, that can generate accidents or make them more severe?

    – How to make sure that Nuclear Safety Authorities in nuclear countries enforce the most stringent and up-to-date regulations?

    – Is the international nuclear community homogeneous and organized enough to provide guidance, monitoring and enforcement of nuclear safety rules across the world, to avoid accidents that have an international reach?
  • As a result, the nuclear industry is undergoing huge changes: post-Fukushima assessment and improvement, convergence of safety regulations, improvement of new designs, preparation for decommissioning, but also enhance individual and organizational safety culture, and international governance

Our experts

Austria

Alexander Kainer

Principal

Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43 1 53602-139
E-mail: e-mail

 
Vladimir Preveden

Partner

Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43 1 53602-116
E-mail: e-mail

 

Belgium

Didier Tshidimba

Partner, Member of the GEC

Brussels, Belgium
Phone: +32 2 66103-77
E-mail: e-mail

 

Brazil

Marcelo Aude

Partner

São Paulo, Brazil
Phone: +55 11 3046-7111
E-mail: e-mail

 
António Bernardo

Partner, Member of the GEC

São Paulo, Brazil
Phone: +55 11 3046-7111
E-mail: e-mail

 
Eduardo Lemos

Principal

São Paulo, Brazil
Phone: +55 11 3046-7111
E-mail: e-mail

 

China

Charles-Edouard Bouée

CEO - Chief Executive Officer

Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 53670-965
E-mail: e-mail

 

France

Charles-Edouard Bouée

CEO - Chief Executive Officer

Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 53670-965
E-mail: e-mail

 
Eric Confais

Partner

Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 53670-925
E-mail: e-mail

 
Denis Depoux

Partner and Member of the Supervisory Board

Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 53670-903
E-mail: e-mail

 
Emmanuel Fages

Principal

Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 53 67 03 90
E-mail: e-mail

 

Germany

Georg Altmann

Partner

Frankfurt, Germany
Phone: +49 69 29924 - 6147
E-mail: e-mail

 
Heiko Ammermann

Partner

Frankfurt, Germany
Phone: +49 69 29924-6237
E-mail: e-mail

 
Ralph Büchele

Principal

Munich, Germany
Phone: +49 89 9230-8921
E-mail: e-mail

 
Neil Checker

Partner

Düsseldorf, Germany
Phone: +49 211 4389 - 2237
E-mail: e-mail

 
Manfred Hader

Partner

Hamburg, Germany
Phone: +49 40 37631-4327
E-mail: e-mail

 
Torsten Henzelmann

Partner and Head of Civil Economics, Energy & Infrastructure

Munich, Germany
Phone: +49 89 9230-8185
E-mail: e-mail

 
Pavlos Klonaris

Principal

Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 30 39927-3577
E-mail: e-mail

 
Hans Joachim Kopp

Partner

Düsseldorf, Germany
Phone: 
E-mail: e-mail

 
Klaus-Peter Müller

Partner

Düsseldorf, Germany
Phone: +49 211 4389-2120
E-mail: e-mail

 
Thomas Rinn

Partner

Stuttgart, Germany
Phone: +49 711 3275-7349
E-mail: e-mail

 
Stefan Schaible

Partner, Member of the GEC, Deputy CEO Germany, Regional Head of Central Europe,

Hamburg, Germany
Phone: +49 40 37631-4326
E-mail: e-mail

 

Greater China

Yannig Gourmelon

Partner

Shanghai, Greater China
Phone: +86 21 5298 6677 875
E-mail: e-mail

 
Watson Liu

Partner

Beijing, Greater China
Phone: +86 10 84400088-618
E-mail: e-mail

 
Qi Wu

Partner, Member of the GEC

Beijing, Greater China
Phone: +86 10 84400088-608
E-mail: e-mail

 
Jefferson Wang

Principal

Beijing, Greater China
Phone: +86 10 84400088 - 687
E-mail: e-mail

 
Rong Wang

Partner

Beijing, Greater China
Phone: +86 10 84400088 - 698
E-mail: e-mail

 
Jennifer Wilson

Principal

Hong Kong, Greater China
Phone: +852 3757 9480
E-mail: e-mail

 
Alex Xu

Principal

Shanghai, Greater China
Phone: +86 21 5298 6677-122
E-mail: e-mail

 
Ping Yi

Principal

Shanghai, Greater China
Phone: +86 21 52986677 - 833
E-mail: e-mail

 
Wei Zhang

Principal

Beijing, Greater China
Phone: +86 10 8440-0088
E-mail: e-mail

 
Fanny Zhang

Partner

Beijing, Greater China
Phone: +86 10 84400088
E-mail: e-mail

 

Japan

Yasutoshi Kikuchi

Partner

Tokyo, Japan
Phone: +81 3 35876-660
E-mail: e-mail

 
Koji Toyama

Principal

Tokyo, Japan
Phone: +81 3 35876-660
E-mail: e-mail

 

Morocco

Laurent Benarousse

Partner

Casablanca, Morocco
Phone: +212 529 01 13 54
E-mail: e-mail

 

Netherlands

Jeroen Althoff

Principal

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Phone: +31 20 7960-600
E-mail: e-mail

 
David Frans

Principal

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Phone: +31 20 7960-621
E-mail: e-mail

 
Arnoud van der Slot

Partner and Member of the Supervisory Board

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Phone: +31 20 7960-600
E-mail: e-mail

 

Poland

Przemyslaw  Vonau

Principal

Warsaw, Poland
Phone: +48 22 32374-24
E-mail: e-mail

 

Portugal

António Bernardo

Partner, Member of the GEC

Lisbon, Portugal
Phone: +351 21 3567-601
E-mail: e-mail

 
Pedro Galhardas

Partner

Lisbon, Portugal
Phone: +351 21 3567 - 650
E-mail: e-mail

 

Romania

Szabolcs Nemes

Principal

Bucharest, Romania
Phone: +40 21 30605-11
E-mail: e-mail

 
Ionut Pascu

Principal

Bucharest, Romania
Phone: +40 21 30605-15
E-mail: e-mail

 
Codrut Pascu

Partner

Bucharest, Romania
Phone: +40 21 30605-00
E-mail: e-mail

 

Southeast Asia

John Low

Partner

Kuala Lumpur, Southeast Asia
Phone: +603 2203-8600
E-mail: e-mail

 
Anthonie Versluis

Partner

Kuala Lumpur, Southeast Asia
Phone: +603-2203 8600
E-mail: e-mail

 

Spain

António Bernardo

Partner, Member of the GEC

Lisbon, Portugal
Phone: +351 21 3567-601
E-mail: e-mail

 

Sweden

Jan Beckeman

Partner

Stockholm, Sweden
Phone: +46 8 410438 - 91
E-mail: e-mail

 

United Kingdom

Chris Cardinal

Principal

London, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 0 20 3075 -1100
E-mail: e-mail

 
Neil Checker

Partner

London, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 0 20 3075 -1100
E-mail: e-mail

 

USA

Gillian Morris

Principal

Chicago, USA
Phone: +1 312 662-5500
E-mail: e-mail

 
Robert Peterson

Partner

Chicago, USA
Phone: +1 312 662-5500
E-mail: e-mail

 

Further reading

Energy – The electricity grid of the future only ready in 2060

POINT OF VIEW, Roland Berger Belgium, 2014

To manage the increasing decentral production and minimize the required spare capacity to back up renewables, a smarter and more interconnected European grid is required …  >>

 
Nuclear worldwide: Where we stand 3 years after Fukushima

Study, 2014

The second Roland Berger study on the global nuclear market shows that global nuclear installed capacity could increase 26% by 2030 in a low scenario …  >>

 
ENERGIEWENDE RELOADED! Das Megaprojekt neu denken

THINK ACT (German only), 2014

The energy turnaround is Germany's high-priority economic project in the years to come. This study reveals that the success of the energy transition in Germany depends on 24 factors …  >>

 
think: act CONTENT - North American oil and gas sector

think: act CONTENT, 2013

The North American oil and gas industry is in flux. Exploration and production operators are now evaluating what they have learned from the first wave of growth …  >>

 
think: act CONTENT - Nigeria's power sector open for business

think: act CONTENT, 2013

A newly liberalized market welcomes new players. But fundamental challenges persist and must be addressed to deliver the power required to secure the nation's future …  >>

 
think: act CONTENT "Shale gas"

think: act CONTENT, 2013

In this think: act CONTENT on the shale gas phenomenon, Roland Berger experts highlight the relevance of this resource to the US energy landscape …  >>

 
Offshore wind toward 2020

Study, 2013

Europe has set itself ambitious climate and energy targets. Offshore wind power places a pivotal role in the mix …  >>

 
Energy Radar

Study, 2013

Germany's energy transition is forcing utilities companies to make major changes, as key factors such as decentralized production of renewable energy and the shift away from nuclear energy are having major effects on the German energy market …  >>

 
think: act CONTENT "Pouring profits"

think: act CONTENT, 2013

The Chinese water market is growing at a rapid pace. However, despite the good development prospects, the business environment will remain tough for water utilities in China. Water tariffs are currently too low to cover utilities' operating costs and fund crucial infrastructure improvements …  >>

 
Der Umbau des Energiesystems und dezentrale  Energieerzeugung

Speech held at the CHORUS Neue Energien Tage (in German only), 2012

The presentation looks at the drivers and trends behind the transformation in our energy system …  >>

 
Energie- und Ressourceneffizienz im Immobilienmanagement

Study (in German), 2011

Germany is seeing a new forward-looking lead market emerge for using energy and resources efficiently in real estate …  >>

 
Market potential in energy efficiency in Southeast Asia

Study, 2011

This study, conducted by the Sustainability Committee of the European Chamber of Commerce, Singapore in collaboration with us, examines the market potential and business environment in the energy efficiency product and service industry in Southeast Asia …  >>

 
Effizienzsteigerung in stromintensiven Industrien

Study (in German), 2011

Energy demand from energy-intensive industries will rise sharply in the coming years. Our experts see enormous potential for improving energy efficiency …  >>

 
German American Renewable Energy Outlook 2011

Joint study with the German American Chambers of Commerce, 2011

The German American Chambers of Commerce in cooperation with Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, for the second year in a row, conducted a survey evaluating the outlook of the renewable energy sector within the United States …  >>

 
Licht und Schatten - Deutsche PV-Unternehmen im globalen Wettbewerb

Study (in German), 2010

The study investigates the strategic positioning and financial capabilities of 16 photovoltaic companies …  >>

 
CEE grid study

Study, 2010

Network expansion and unbundling topped the business agenda for grid companies in the last few years, but today's big issue is efficiency improvement …  >>

 
German American Renewables  and Energy Efficiency Outlook  2010

Speech, 2010

At the 2nd German-American Energy Conference, a Roland Berger survey of the US energy sector aroused strong interest …  >>

 

Press releases

April 2, 2014

The global nuclear market continues to grow, driven mainly by China and Russia …  >>

November 27, 2013

Global oil reserves have increased over the years even though oil production has expanded significantly over the last four decades …  >>

July 30, 2013

The shale gas phenomenon and its potential to change the game of US economy …  >>

May 6, 2013

Global investment in offshore wind power will reach EUR 130 billion by 2020. Yet the industry still faces huge challenges …  >>

March 20, 2013

Future Radar by Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and the Technische Universität München (TUM) shows: more innovation and continuous process optimization are necessary …  >>

Energy – The electricity grid of the future only ready in 2060

POINT OF VIEW, Roland Berger Belgium, 2014

To manage the increasing decentral production and minimize the required spare capacity to back up renewables, a smarter and more interconnected European grid is required …  >>

 
Nuclear worldwide: Where we stand 3 years after Fukushima

Study, 2014

The second Roland Berger study on the global nuclear market shows that global nuclear installed capacity could increase 26% by 2030 in a low scenario …  >>

 

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