Ten years ago, you knew where you stood with your energy suppliers. Oil companies sold road fuel, while utilities supplied electricity and gas. Today, those old lines of demarcation are blurring: utilities can fill up your car and oil companies want to keep your lights on.

Technological progress and the threat of climate change are forcing both oil companies and utilities to rethink their strategies, and are pushing them into each other’s territory.

The result is set to be a period of intensified competition and instability, as companies that were previously able largely to forget about each other are now forced to battle for dominance.

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