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Fortnightly Magazine - June 1 2000

News Digest

Transmission & ISOs
FERC Docket No. ER97-1523-040, filed April 18, 2000.

News Digest


Richard L. Mathias


See Public Utilities Fortnightly

The fuel cell article in the March 15 Fortnightly twice mentions a target of $50 per kilowatt for fuel cells. (See "Fuel Cells: White Knight for Natural Gas?" p. 22.)

I hadn't heard that target before. At that price, something like the General Electric/Plug Power residential unit of 7 kilowatts would cost $350 (instead of something like $3,500, which has been talked about). Anything close to $50 per kilowatt would be truly incredible.

News Analysis

Carl J. Levesque

News Analysis


EDI Standards: At a Snail's Pace in New York


Electric Retailing: When Will I See Profits?

Deregulation Abroad: Still Reaching Its Potential
Ahmad Faruqui


Wait for the "second wave," when new products help suppliers escape the trench warfare of pricing.

The Standard Power Contract: A Hedge Against Price Spikes?

The Fine Print: Who Won, Who Lost
Richard Stavros


EEI's contract is ready to go for physical trades of electricity, but the architects say it's likely too late to make a difference this summer.


Bruce W. Radford


Scare Tactics

The Wall Street Journal is goading Congress to act. And it might just work, if the warnings come to pass.

On May 8 ISO New England predicted it would have enough electricity to meet peak demand this summer. But how much demand are you gonna see at $6,000 per megawatt-hour, which was the ISO's prevailing price that day from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m?