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Fortnightly Magazine - May 1 2001

move that would force the state's electric utilities to sell off generating plants. Docket No. 01-1042 (Nev.P.S.C.).

Earlier, on March 22, the Nevada PUC voted to intervene in proceedings at the FERC concerning the sale of Nevada Power Co.'s Reid Gardner, Clark, and Sunrise generating stations.

"We have spent a great deal of time on this issue at the state level; however, the final decision will be made on the federal level," said PUC chairman Don Soderberg, explaining the vote.

"We have to be sure that the FERC understands how the Nevada situation has changed during the last year." (em C.J.L.

Construction in Texas. Generation capacity tallies for Texas continue to grow, according to the ERCOT Wholesale Market Report.

Released in March, the report shows an increase of 10 new power plants since a previous update in February. That reflects 27 completed plants since 1995, 27 more under construction and 31 in the planning stages. The plants put the state in the position of having a 23 percent excess power margin for the coming summer peak. (em C.J.L.

Entergy Corp. has selected ABB Entergy Interactive Inc.'s Energy Profiler Online (EPO) software to administer voluntary load curtailment programs for its subsidiaries. "One of Entergy's subsidiaries has offered energy information services to customers for some time using EPO under the product name DataLink, so adding the curtailment functionality was a natural step," said Peter Lendrum, Entergy vice president, sales and marketing. Previously, Entergy had relied completely on manual processes to notify customers of curtailment events and receive confirmation of their participation.

British integrated energy company Innogy plc has opened Innogy America LLC, which will be headquartered in Chicago, to help U.S. power companies succeed commercially in a deregulated environment. Innogy America looks to capitalize on its experience participating in the deregulation of Great Britain's power industry. Chief among Innogy's technologies is the concept of creating "Optionality" (em using new technologies to match energy production to market conditions accurately and efficiently.

Kase and Co. Inc. , an energy risk management and trading advisory firm, has been awarded a comprehensive natural gas and oil risk management contract by Kansas City Power and Light (KCPL). In addition to reviewing KCPL's existing policies, Kase will guide the regulated utility through a risk assessment process and develop strategies for 2001 and 2002. Following the implementation of the program, Kase will continue to offer advice on managing their natural gas and oil exposure through the use of Kase's HedgeModel software and Monte Carlo, VAR solutions. (em C.J.L. F

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