northeast group, llc


northeast group. llc leverages its research expertise in the smart infrastructure and energy sectors on custom-tailored, client-driven projects. We have capabilities in a number of different areas, including the following:

smart cities - municipal infrastructure is evolving to incorporate more sensors with two-way communications and analytics. This wave of new sensors is found predominantly on streetlight infrastructure and is providing a number of significant benefits for cities throughout the world;

smart grid - smart meter deployments and other smart grid infrastructure projects such as distributed generation, distribution automation, home area networks, electric vehicles and other areas that are changing the traditional electric utility landscape;

sustainability - the trend towards sustainable business practices does not simply mean "doing good" but rather is also critical to ensuring good business results and positive investment outcomes. Careful consideration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors is required for any firm or country to succeed in today's marketplace;

energy forecasting and statistical trends - the ability to extrapolate current and likely trends a few months to several years into the future is critical to success, especially for energy companies given today's challenges;

political and country risk - the energy and infrastructure industries are heavily regulated so all projects must include a comprehensive regulatory, political and country risk component.

We have completed a number of projects in all of these areas. To the right is a sampling of our project work.

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recent projects

In addition to its syndicated market research and datasets, Northeast Group also offers custom research and consulting services. Some of the recent project-based work that the firm has undertaken includes the following:

smart cities - custom research and advisory services covering the US and international municipal infrastructure sector, including:

  • working with a number of US cities to assess their data-driven decision-making capability, in partnership with CityLab (a division of The Atlantic);
  • feasibility studies for smart street lighting projects in Latin American and the Caribbean.

smart grid – consulting projects with both investor-owned utilities in the developed world and utilities in emerging markets. Some of these smart grid infrastructure projects include the following:

  • advisory services for Brazilian utilities regarding cybersecurity planning and programs;
  • technical assistance for a utility in India looking to implement customer analytics software;
  • smart grid roadmap for Panama;
  • development of a smart grid strategy for an investor-owned utility in the US, including:
    • smart meter (AMI) deployment;
    • plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) strategy;
    • home area network (HAN) strategy;
    • distributed generation (DG) strategy.
  • feasibility study for a smart metering deployment in South Africa.

sustainability – Northeast Group has completed a number of sustainability projects both on its own and in partnership with The Economist Intelligence Unit, including:

  • benchmark and ranking of the sustainability of world cities for a multi-national corporation;
  • research and writing of a white paper on future trends of sustainability over a 3-5 year period for a professional services firm (climate change, post-Kyoto Protocol scenarios, potential US legislation and mechanisms, prospects for renewable energy).

energy forecasting and statistical trends – in addition to infrastructure forecasting, Northeast Group also has expertise in energy market projections. Some projects include:

  • simulation of energy scenarios to 2030 for a Fortune 100 oil and gas company;
  • research and analysis of all domestic energy resources in North America for a Washington, DC public relations firm.

political and country risk - some regulatory, political and country risk assessments have included:

  • analysis for a think tank on the threats of the theft and proliferation of nuclear materials;
  • forecast of the labor supply and labor risk in two key markets where a global mining firm was looking to expand;
  • assessment of the political and country risk of 20 potential new markets a Fortune 100 insurance company was looking to enter.