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Fortnightly Magazine - April 1 2003


New Hires:
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New Hires:

The North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) promoted Dave Nevius to senior vice president; David Cook to vice president and general counsel; and Don Benjamin to vice president. Nevius has been a vice president at NERC since 1986; Cook has been NERC's general counsel since 1999; and Benjamin has been director of operations since 1985.

Ameren Corp. named Martin J. Lyons vice president. Lyons has been the company's controller since joining Ameren in October 2001.

Response From the Author

Jonathan Lesser Navigant Consulting

Feel-Good Electric Waste

Like diets that make us fat, efficiency is bad for the environment.

Andrew Rudin

The last 30 years in America have seen great improvements in the energy efficiency of electric motors, appliances, and other end-use equipment. Think of compact fluorescents, ground-source heat pumps, and thermal window glazing. Add variable speed drives, chilled water AC, and high-pressure sodium street lighting. You name it, we've got it.

Commission Watch

National Grid balks, says FERC intended TransLINK as model for the East.
Bruce W. Radford

PJM ITC Tariff Splits With Midwest

Business & Money

Which public companies have the best payout-and which missed the list?
Scott Barclay

Technology Corridor

It's not just for enviros any more.
Jennifer Alvey

It's not just for enviros any more.

Green building. It's a trend that means newly constructed buildings consume 10 to 50 percent less energy than traditionally constructed buildings, yet cost only a small percentage more than standard construction. And it's a trend that is rapidly gaining a foothold with large residential and commercial builders. No wonder utilities of all sizes across the country are paying attention.

Off Peak

Teen's life saved by utility line. Can industry say the same?
So, too, the electricity sector:

Teen's life saved by utility line. Can industry say the same?

We can only hope it's a metaphor for the electricity industry.

In January, Joe Thompson III, 18, of Blue Springs, Kansas, was cruising along in his Jeep Wrangler sans seatbelt.

Suddenly, a car turned in front of Thompson. His Jeep clipped the other car and rolled, ultimately throwing him 25 feet or so in the air.

In Search of... Transmission Capitalists

Facing a cash crunch, transmission owners look for new funding sources.
Elliot Roseman and Paul De Martini


Winds of Change in Texas

Rising gas prices spark a rush to wind farms, straining grid capacity and raising larger issues about market design.
Courtney Barry


Rising gas prices spark a rush to wind farms, straining grid capacity and raising larger issues about market design.

When the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) was drafting rules to encourage the use of renewable energy, it took pains to guard against the chance that power producers would fail to reach the state's target of 400 megawatts (MW) in installed new renewable generation capacity by Jan. 1, 2002. The commission needn't have worried.

Federal Interconnection Standards: Putting DG in a Box

Is FERC overstepping its jurisdiction and attempting to force a standard into a one-size-fits-all category?
Stan Blazewicz and Eugene Shlatz