Energy consumption rising as climate change drives transition

Energy consumption is rising in parallel with the U.S. economy. While solar and wind are increasing in popularity, they are not capable of meeting the baseload generation needs for the foreseeable future. A current trend is for companies and consumers to go “off the grid”.

North American utilities are struggling to maintain an optimal profit margin, while dealing with an increasingly complex market. The World Energy Markets Observatory by Capgemini offers an in‐depth look at how climate change and energy transition, infrastructure, adequacy of supply, final customer, and financials are impacting the market.

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North American utilities under pressure

Emissions levels constant

  • Emissions from energy consumption are expected to remain near current levels through 2050, amid no significant changes to current laws, regulations, and trends in technology.

Electricity prices decline

  • While the wholesale price of electricity is expected to decline by 4.2% from 2018 to 2022, transmission and distribution costs will increase due to grid integration with wind and solar.

Storage remains key

  • With declining alternative energy costs, storage remains the key to solving the problem of intermittency, while industry participants expect costs to continue to decline over the next five years.

The promise of intelligent automation

$813 B

The highest potential savings from using intelligent automation in energy and utilities

40%

Increase in operations quality seen by those surveyed in the Intelligent Automation in Energy and Utilities report

81%

Said they had boosted customer experience through quicker responses using automation
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