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Fortnightly Magazine - September 15 2002

Low-Tech vs. High-Tech AMP: The 21st Century IT Debate

Some want to cut costs, others to improve service.
Richard Stavros

 

Some want to cut costs, others to improve service.

Uncertain economic times have always moved companies to find ways to cut costs. Utilities and energy companies are no different. They have turned to automated meter reading (AMR) during the past years in increasing numbers.

But many technology experts disagree on strategy: should utilities go high-tech or low-tech on AMR?

Advanced Metering: Policymakers Have the Ball

Demand response could help solve some energy problems, but not without state regulators pushing for it.
Chris King and Dan Delurey

 

Studying Apples and Oranges

RTO cost/benefit studies are difficult to reconcile.
John D. Clapp and Margaret McGrath

 

RTO cost/benefit studies are difficult to reconcile.

The premise behind the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) push for regional transmission organizations (RTOs)-that they will provide positive economic benefits to society- increasingly is being challenged.

Gen Interconnection: Lessons From New England

How rules muted price signals and did not ensure efficient siting.
David T. Doot, Steve Garwood, and Debra J. Dreibelbis

 

How rules muted price signals and did not ensure efficient siting.

Of the new rules proposed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for interconnecting new power plants to the transmission grid, the most controversial (for transmission providers and generators alike) is FERC's choice of who should pay to construct the various categories of required new facilities.

Gen Interconnection: Comparability or Common Sense?

Why power plants should pay for grid upgrades.
Cliff Rochlin and Jeff Huang

 

Why power plants should pay for grid upgrades.

Do we make all generators equal-using affirmative action to give rights to merchants that are "comparable" to utility-owned plants?

Or, do we let the locational price signals shine through-trusting all plant developers, whether regulated or not, to act in self-interest?

Grading Pat Wood

Reviewing the FERC chairman's first year, and what he might do next.

Richard Stavros

This September, Pat Wood III completed his first year as chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Some long-time FERC watchers gave Fortnightly some insights into how this chairman has performed so far, and what we might expect from him in the future.

Perspective

The ISO takes on critics of its new market design.
Terry Winter

 

People

James E. Bostic, Jr.


Glenn P. Barba has been elected vice president and controller of Consumers Energy. He joined the utility in 2001 as controller. Previously, he served as controller for CMS Generation. Before joining CMS Generation in 1997, Barba spent nine years in public accounting, with a focus on the energy industry. Consumers Energy also named Kim D. Morris, a 20-year human resources veteran at the company, as human resources director for Consumers Energy's generating plants.

Benchmarks

Some benefits slow to come, but the future still looks profitable.
Barry Friedman

Benchmarks



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Off Peak

AGA Issues its Dog Bite Prevention Booklet.

Off Peak

 

September 15 , 2002