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Fortnightly Magazine - February 15 2001

Off Peak

California high school students put their education to work.
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Off Peak

February 15, 2001

Deregulation 101

 

California high school students put their education to work.

Jan. 11, 2001

Dear Secretary of Energy Richardson:

From Fuel Cells to a Hydrogen-based Economy

How vehicle design is crucial to a new energy infrastructure.
Amory B. Lovins and Brett D. Williams

1 For example, a 1992 A.D. Little study estimated that a from-scratch bulk hydrogen supply infrastructure sufficient for 25 million cars would require about $95 billion of investment, or $3,800 per car. This antiquated result is still being quoted, e.g. in the Epyx article in the December 1998 (Derby 1998).

2 e.g., Lomax et al. 1997.

The Car of His Dreams

Amory Lovins says gas prices won't stick, but even if they do, he's still stuck on his Hypercar.
Carl J. Levesque

 

Amory Lovins says gas prices won't stick, but even if they do, he's still stuck on his Hypercar.

This just in—if you can believe Amory Lovins, who has the news posted on the network of Web sites sponsored by his Rocky Mountain Institute.

Was Gas to Blame? Exploring the Cause of California's High Prices

Basis exploded, but so did heat rates and NOx credits.
Edward N. Krapels

1 "Staff Report to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Western Markets and the Causes of the Summer 2000 Price Abnormalities," Nov. 1, 2000. Available on FERC website, www.ferc.gov. Hereinafter cited as Ferc Staff Report on California.

2 Source: Energy Security Analysis Inc. power databases using EIA form F900 and F759 data.

California Dreaming: Will FERC's Plan Work?

And even if it does, it probably won't.
Howard Spinner

1 Staff Report to the Federal Energy Commission on Western Markets and the Causes of the Summer 2000 Price Abnormalities—Part 1, Nov. 1, 2000 (Staff Report), p. 6-1.

2 Order Directing Remedies For California Wholesale Electric Markets, . Note that while FERC recognizes that siting matters and retail demand response programs reside within exclusive state jurisdiction, FERC urges state officials to take certain actions in these areas.

PG&E's Hydro Workout: Can This Deal Be Saved?

For the utility, wresting its assets from PUC control is the real point.
Bill Nesbit Pacific

 

For the utility, wresting its assets from PUC control is the real point.

Gas & Electric Co.'s 17-month-old proposal to divest its hydro assets via auction likely is dead, a casualty of California's ongoing energy market turmoil. Despite this reality, the utility's auction proposal remained active at the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) as of press time in mid-January, even as the governor and state legislature held emergency meetings amid rolling blackouts.

Jules Verne's Grid?

With undersea cable linking Canada to Manhattan, Project Neptune could remake the transmission biz.

Bruce W. Radford

With undersea cable linking Canada to Manhattan, Project Neptune could remake the transmission biz.

Benchmarks

Customer-side electricity demand reduction could stem rising power prices.
Bill Le Blanc



 

New Analysis

The ISO forges ahead, with or without its members.
Lori A. Burkhart

 

News Analysis