Building Clean Energy Value Chain Advantages

Roadmaps for Business Model Redefinition

Built on the foundation laid by David Steven Jacoby’s 2012 book Optimal Supply Chain Management in Oil, Gas, and Power Generation, Reinventing the Energy Value Chain expands those concepts to address energy transformation. As the push for diversification of energy sources continues, this book takes a pragmatic view. It provides a toolbox of techniques to successfully manage the range of complex tradeoffs that are inherent in capital projects and operations & maintenance across energy technologies and apply best practice techniques to emerging energy industries – from the small to the large project, and from solar to nuclear and everything in between.

The book is broken into two parts. Part one provides a conceptual framework for value chain management in the energy sector. It lays out the objectives, key business processes, and performance metrics that provide useful guideposts. It offers first principles that should guide value chain initiatives in the energy industry and explains how to organize supply chain management activities. Part two includes initial chapters on capital project and operations management and explains overall tools and techniques that are relevant to energy supply chains broadly speaking. The ensuing chapters show how these concepts apply to 10 energy technologies:

  • Hydrogen fuel cells
  • Energy storage
  • Geothermal
  • Biomass
  • Hydropower
  • Gas and coal-fired power
  • Wind
  • Solar
  • Nuclear
  • Oil & gas

Features and Benefits

  • A purposeful set of concepts and principles furnishing those investing in energy projects with a good overall guide to aid them in their decision making
  • A timely discussion on the optimization of supply chains and systems using modern digitalization technologies and details the opportunities and the threats and covers the economic and operational strategies.
  • A toolbox of techniques for managing capital projects that aids in decision making
  • Tradeoffs and Management Techniques in Capital Project Management
  • Tradeoffs and Management Techniques in Operations & Maintenance
  • Roadmaps for unlocking latent value in supply chains


  • Energy executives
  • Energy policy makers
  • Energy economists
  • Energy lending and finance professionals
  • Academics
  • Anyone who seeks to understand how, or relies upon, energy markets


“This book is encyclopedic as well as a how-to manual, a gem for those interested in energy supply chains."

Dr. Jaydeep Balakrishnan, PhD

Associate Dean, College of Business Administration at the California State University, Sacramento, and former Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary

"Academics, energy policy makers, energy economists and investment advisors as well as the current and future executives of the energy industry could make good use of this book. I see it also as a sound reference for the energy researchers in universities as well as energy and sustainability research institutes researching in this critical thought leadership space of the future on the energy markets and supply chains. "

Dr. Waddah S. Ghanem Al Hashmi, PhD

Senior Director, Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC)

Optimizing Efficiency through Best Practices

Tools & techniques for achieving asset and operating efficiency

Part I of the book explains how World-Class Supply Management can improve reliability, raise productivity, lower purchase cost, lower operating cost, and lower working capital requirements. Topics addressed are arranged as follows:

  • Capex project supply chain risk mitigation: principles and methods
  • Engineering and procurement of equipment and services for minimum cost and risk
  • Operations and maintenance cost reduction: principles and methods
  • Operational safety and environmental risk management: principles and methods
Part II provides examples of how these concepts apply to specific areas, for example:
  • Upstream oil & gas
  • Midstream hydrocarbon transport
  • Downstream oil & gas
  • Power industry


The author was amazingly able to write this book so technical managers and engineers would be able to use it as a reference and guide to understand various supply strategies, while supply chain professionals would find it as a comprehensive resourceful guide to most oil and gas activities, including tools for managing risks and for defining well balanced supply strategies. The examples provided in this book are a refreshing stimulus for anyone interested in supply in the oil and gas industry.”

Dr. Hamza Abada

Process Improvement Director
RasGas Ltd

“David Jacoby, an internationally recognized specialist, has produced yet another book with concise and practical framework and strategies for optimizing resources in the supply chain management activities, cutting through the labyrinth of the complexities of the unique oil, gas and power industry. It is an extremely well written and remarkable book, highly recommended for professionals and practitioners in the supply chain business.”

Dr. Diran Fawibe

International Energy Services Ltd.

“As an in-house Supply Chain Management Consultant with thirty years of experience as a practitioner, I welcome this most informative book and warmly recommend it to anyone who is interested in understanding Supply Chain Management in the energy business.

Gerald Sheils

 Procurement Manager
Saudi Aramco

“Amazing book. Thanks for writing it.”

Artur Osipyan

Upstream O&G Supply Chain Professional

“I just wanted to let you know I found your book Optimal Supply Chain Management in Oil, Gas and Power Generation very helpful. I am in charge of supply/procurement at an oil jobber and learned a lot from your book. Thanks!”

Brian Gibson

 Pricing and Procurement Analyst
Duncan Oil Co.

“David Jacoby’s highly regarded book addresses the specific supply chain management characteristics and needs of oil, gas, and power companies, and contains a wealth of industry-specific examples. Jacoby provides a toolbox for large-scale capital expenditure decision making and for transforming capital and operation expenditures to exert a visible financial impact in oil, gas, and power companies. The supply chain risk management decision analysis tools offered by Jacoby will help operators increase economic value added while enhancing safety and stewardship of the environment. This book is an invaluable reference resource for chief operating officers; chief financial officers; engineers; vice presidents of supply chain, operations, or production; and directors and managers of procurement, purchasing, operations, or materials management.”

Steve Hill

PennWell Corporation

Following on from the excellent Guide to Supply Chain Management, David Jacoby has specifically tailored the strategy toolkit to the energy business, in this new book: Effective Supply Chain Management in Oil, Gas, and Power Generation.

Gerald Sheils

 Procurement Manager
Saudi Aramco

“FINALLY, someone who gets it and can document it to help everyone else understand! Thank you so much for coalescing what I have been thinking since the early 80’s. You and Dr. Abada (foreword) have put into words what I have been exploring and trying to explain for almost 30 years.”

Mike Garner

Procurement Manager
Southwest Energy Co.

Building Next-Generation Energy Infrastructure 

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