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Our coverage of energy companies includes energy policy, the oil and gas industry, and alternative energy companies, as well as articles on such energy sources as petroleum, natural gas (LNG), biofuels, solar energy, wind energy, and nuclear energy. We feature articles on trends in the electric utility industry, such as the development of the smart grid. We cover upstream exploration and production, downstream refining and distribution, and trends in green energy.


Waiting for the Digital Electric Grid

The modernized grid should revolutionize the way electricity is distributed and used, but its potential hasn’t yet been realized.

Innovating for Energy’s Future

The key to clean, reliable, and affordable energy, says Southern Company CEO Tom Fanning, is a bold and balanced approach to R&D.

Algae at a Pump Near You?

Physicist William Cooke discusses the potential for algal biofuels to become the next big alternative energy source.

s+b Trend Watch: Big Oil Loses Its Exploration Edge

The six integrated “supermajor” oil companies that once dominated oil and gas exploration are losing ground to independent companies.

Talent Is a Strategic Asset: A Virtual Roundtable

At Devon Energy, building the most critical capabilities requires a high-touch approach to human capital and the HR function.

A New Role for Natural Resources Companies

By promoting business partnerships, producers of primary materials can find a new source of competitive advantage.

Solar Comes of Age

A leading solar energy policy advocate explains how this dynamic, rapidly maturing industry can reach its true potential.

A Talent Strategy for Emerging Economies

Two top leaders of the Middle East telecom company Etisalat explain how they recruit and retain people in frontier markets — the most challenging business environments in the world.

A Moore’s Law for Renewable Energy

Increasing capacity per dollar in computer technology has driven exponential growth for 50 years. The same could happen in the energy industry.

Resetting the Cost Structure at Shell

A senior finance executive explains how a zero-based cost management effort is leading to significant performance improvements.

Renewable Energy at a Crossroads

The wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal sector has grown in fits and starts — and now may have the momentum to become a self-sustaining industry.

Will Your Next Electric Company Be a Global Oil Enterprise?

As the energy markets evolve, oil and gas majors should consider diversifying into power generation.

Nuclear Realism after Fukushima

A hasty, large-scale movement away from nuclear power would not resolve most of the issues raised by the ongoing crisis in Japan. Instead, we need more thoughtful discussions now about the energy systems of the future.
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