ScottMadden Releases Spring 2012 Energy Industry Update

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ScottMadden, Inc., one of North America's leading energy consulting firms, recently released The Energy Industry Update. This semi-annual publication features our view of significant events and emerging trends in the energy industry.

Themed “Managing with Uncertainty Fatigue,” this issue highlights the continuous challenges faced by the energy companies. Despite political and regulatory uncertainty in this election year, companies are running out of time to craft adaptive strategies and are making substantial investment (and disinvestment) decisions in the face of this uncertainty.

“The confluence of regulatory activity, step changes in natural gas prices, a sluggish economic recovery, and political logjams in Washington are challenging even the most seasoned strategists at energy companies,” said Greg Litra, partner and energy, clean tech, and infrastructure research lead. “Companies are moving ahead in the face of this uncertainty and are taking ‘no-regrets’ actions that will withstand a wide range of outcomes on the political, regulatory, and economic fronts.”

The Energy Industry Update also includes:

• Increasingly stringent EPA limits on mercury and air toxics, as well as greenhouse gas emissions standards for new power generation, and the impact these rules are having on the composition of power generation in the United States

• Ongoing headwinds and opportunities for renewable power in the United States, as we wait to see whether production tax credits and other policy support wanes after 2012

• Infrastructure development for and cost trends in electric and natural gas vehicles

• A look at issues raised by FERC’s Order 1000 and its inquiry into transmission incentives: Will resolution of these issues facilitate power transmission development?

Additionally, ScottMadden and Infocast will be hosting an interactive webinar on Friday, June 22, 2012 from 1:00-2:30 PM EDT titled, “ScottMadden Energy Industry Update – What Is Happening, What It Means, and Where the Industry Is Headed.” Here, we will focus on several hot topics, including solar and wind development in light of low natural gas prices, transmission development in the wake of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Order 1000, and regulatory trends in the industry. To learn more or to register, please visit http://www.b2bwebinars.net/updateweb.

For more than a decade, the ScottMadden Energy Industry Update has served as a catalyst for strategic discussion, debate, and decisions. Thousands of industry leaders rely on it for the most important trends and thought-provoking insights. Click to download the latest Energy Industry Update.

For nearly 30 years, ScottMadden has been a leader in energy consulting, serving more than 200 energy organizations. We have completed thousands of successful projects. We provide practical expertise in nuclear, fossil, renewables, transmission, distribution, smart grid, gas, regulatory, and a host of other areas. ScottMadden: exceptional quality; an exceptional consulting experience.

More information on ScottMadden's Energy practice can be found at www.scottmadden.com. Contact ScottMadden in Atlanta at 3495 Piedmont Road, NE, Building 10, Suite 805, Atlanta, G.A. 30305; call 404-814-0020; or e-mail info@scottmadden.com.

About ScottMadden, Inc.

ScottMadden is a management consulting firm delivering customized, practical solutions for clients in energy, clean tech and infrastructure, corporate and shared services, and the federal government. Our collaborative, small-team approach, coupled with deep content knowledge, experience, and insight, delivers an exceptional consulting experience and superior results. To learn more, visit www.scottmadden.com | Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn

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Media contact:
Mary Hall
maryhall@scottmadden.com
919-714-7628

ScottMadden, Inc.

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