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Fortnightly Magazine - June 1 2001

From Pipeline to Turbine: Policy and Myths on Shipping Gas for Electric Generation

How the FERC is bending over backwards to OK new gas services for power producers.
J. Michel Marcoux

Electric Executives' Forum - Summer 2001: Are You Ready?

Demand-side programs are all the rage as utilities scramble to find power to serve peak loads.
Carl J. Levesque

Electric Executives' Forum
Summer 2001: Are You Ready?

 

Demand-side programs are all the rage as utilities scramble to find power to serve peak loads.

Be prepared. Power interruptions are not necessarily expected -nevertheless, be prepared-but by God, line up all the weapons you can to prevent blackouts in the first place.

News Digest

News Digest was compiled by Carl J. Levesque, associate editor for Public Utilities Fortnightly.

 

News Digest


 

Perspective

The argument is clever but not really symmetrical.
Alfred E. Kahn

1. the incumbent utility companies should not have been promised an opportunity to recover the costs that everybody thought would be stranded by deregulation (he obviously includes himself among the "soreheads" who opposed the idea, insisting that "these behemoths should be treated just like everyone else who made investments that didn't pan out");

News Analysis

East Coast prices bear an eerie resemblance to California of last spring, but pay no mind, say experts.
Jay S. Polachek

 

News Analysis

 



 

Off Peak

The city utility in Vernon, California thought it had bought plenty of power, but then got blacked out anyway.
City Administrator Bruce V. Malkenhorst, of Vernon, California, joined with his city utility director Kenneth J. DeDario, and exchanged a series of letters with Terry Winter, president and CEO of the California Independent System Operator, and others, on the subject of rolling blackouts.

Off Peak

June 1, 2001

Dear ISO: Why Me?

 

The city utility in Vernon, California thought it had bought plenty of power, but then got blacked out anyway.

March 19, 2001
Dear Mr. Winter:

Looking Past California: The Emerging Shape of the Generation Sector

Which states had their plants sold off, which didn't, and which ones now face serious price risk.
Robert L. Sansom

1 See "" by Energy Ventures Analysis Inc. www.evainc.com

2 See "", published in June 2000 by PJM's Market Monitoring Unit, p. 2. In the year 2000, in five NERC power regions, natural gas represented more than 10 percent of total generation: ERCOT 53.3 percent, SPP 28.4 percent, NPCC (NY/NE) 25.6 percent, Florida (FRCC) 23.8 percent and WSCC 21.8 percent. In PJM only 8.7 percent of generation was gas-fired. Source: Form 759 and 900 data as complied by EVA, Inc.

3 , April 24, 2001, p. A-21.