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Fortnightly Magazine - May 1 2002

Utility Risk Programs: Success or Failure?

State public service commissions are insisting that utilities adopt risk management programs, and are allowing less pass-through for those that don't.
John H. Herbert

20/20 Hindsight: The Gas Forecasting Dilemma

The recent experience of MichCon illustrates what happens when forecasters at gas distribution companies guess wrong.
Stuart L. Harshbarger, Ph.D

NEMS projects the production, imports, conversion, consumption, and prices of energy subject to assumptions on macroeconomic and financial factors, world energy markets, resource availability and costs, behavioral and technological choice criteria, cost and performance characteristics of energy technologies, and demographics.4

Indecent Disclosure?

Most pan FERC NOPR, but gas association eyes FERC role.

Docket No. RM02-3-000

Citing overlap with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the power industry has largely panned FERC's proposals to require greater disclosure on financial instruments and derivatives. Also criticized is FERC's move to force marketers to adopt reporting standards similar to the Uniform Systems of Accounts (USOA) used by utilities, as announced in the commission's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) issued Jan. 16.

Perspective

ICF study shows the national benefits of RTOs are too large to be ignored.
Lynne H. Church

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ICF study shows the national benefits of RTOs are too large to be ignored.

Sixty billion dollars in benefits. Less than $6 billion in costs. In any business, those numbers mean just one thing: you've got a winner.

Profile

His company, he admits, is all about cherry picking.
Lori A. Burkhart

His company, he admits, is all about cherry picking.

This issue we took some time off to have some fun. We caught up with Trans-Elect president and COO Bernie Schroeder in downtown D.C.

The Great Canadian Gas Race

Northern gas rush proves timely for power generators.
Mark Hand