Navigant’s Global Energy Practice Leader
As the leader of Navigant’s global Energy practice, Jan Vrins oversees one of the largest energy consulting teams focused on the energy transformation. He works with utility executives, advising them on strategies for long-term operational and financial success. He developed the Utility of the Future Framework to help clients understand how market trends and evolving business models can improve commercial and operational performance.
PUF's Steve Mitnick: Jan, tell us about what you do day to day in Navigant's global Energy practice.
Jan Vrins: I'm the head of Navigant's global Energy practice. We work with a broad set of industry stakeholders: from utilities and energy companies, to manufacturers and technology providers, to large end users of energy, as well as the investors in this industry. We work with our clients on more than a thousand projects a year worldwide. I have about six hundred consultants on my team, and together, we are helping our clients navigate the energy transformation. We like to say that we're at the forefront of that.
The energy transformation includes changing policy and regulation, new products and services (driven by customer choice), revenue and business models, as well as the integration of new technologies like renewables, distributed energy resources, and others. Navigant has resources and expertise in all of these areas.
Day to day, we're focused on where technology meets policy and regulation, and its impact on organizations, business models and operations. It's extremely exciting with so much changing in our industry.
If you look at the energy transformation globally, it's even more interesting, because policies, regulations and market structures can determine the pace at which this transformation unfolds, as well as the price of some of these new technologies compared with local energy prices.