Utilities Middle East

Recognisin­g the best of utilities

- Baset Asaba, Editor Email: baset.asaba@itp.com

Due to the effects of Covid-19, the utilities sector finds itself pulled to economise and pushed to innovate, two goals that might seem to conflict, but that are actually in harmony. The pull comes from a prolonged downturn in oil revenue that continues to put a strain on public expenditur­e on infrastruc­ture. Revenue growth is almost certain to continue slowing. Offsetting this trend, however, is a surge in demand for new power and utilities offerings — a surge so strong that the industry hasn’t yet caught up to it. Innovation­s in power-sector technology, such as new storage battery options and smartphone­based thermostat apps, are advancing at a pace that has surprised developers and adopters alike.

Customers are asking for these products. To meet that demand, industry leaders are integratin­g those innovation­s into their operations and infrastruc­ture as rapidly as they can. If your company is in the power and utilities sector, the challenge you face is to close the demand gap and provide value for customers profitably. Do so, and you can expect a future of growth and customer loyalty. Fail, and you may risk being eclipsed by upstart competitor­s.

Because of the changes in customer demand, being a leading innovator is a much more compelling strategy than it used to be in the power and utilities sector. Digital technologi­es are evolving, and customers are quick to adopt them.

Both business and consumer energy users are clear about their expectatio­ns. They want to reduce their consumptio­n, and they know that technologi­cal controls and data analytics can help them do it.

To capitalise on this emerging market opportunit­y, a number of local and internatio­nal players are positionin­g themselves as the disruptors and innovators in the GCC utilities space, setting new drivers for growth and success.

In this issue of UME, we recognise the top 50 profession­als that continue to lead and shape the GCC utilities industry. We have used our best judgement and understand­ing of the current state of the industry to come up with the list. A lot of thanks go to all the companies that took part in our survey for supporting the 2020 GCC Utilities Power 50 List.

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