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Fortnightly Magazine - April 15 2003

Off Peak

Spotlight Shines Again on 'Cool Losers'

Noting that "American Idol" may have "met its match," the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) recently revealed the winner of its "Coolest Loser" contest. The award is given to the most energy-inefficient refrigerator, based on appearance and condition.

America's Canadian Problem

U.S.-Canada electricity trade is shrinking, and some American companies may be left without their megawatts for the summer.
Charles W. Thurston

LNG Moves In On Western Markets

What are the potential market impacts of LNG importation in the Western United States?
Andrew Rea, Jonathan Jacobs, and Mike Marelli

 

What are the potential market impacts of LNG importation in the Western United States?

Significant interest in the development of on-shore liquefied natural gas (LNG) import facilities in the Western United States has emerged in the past several years. This interest has been spurred by the dramatic increases forecast for new merchant generation in the Southwest, and particularly California.

PUHCA Companies: Caught By Superfund

An analysis of holding company liability under federal Superfund and parallel state laws.
Kenneth R. Myers, Esq.

An analysis of holding company liability under federal Superfund and parallel state laws.

Environmental cleanup to meet federal and state requirements carries substantial costs that tend to rest disproportionately on public utilities. Looking back at their corporate history, a few utilities have discovered some unique tools to reduce this economic burden.

The LMP Model: Bottlenecking Merchant Transmission

Locational marginal pricing has not been adequate in providing transmission expansion incentives. Others are needed.
Kevin B. Jones, Ph.D., David Clarke, and James Parmelee

Frontlines

Merchant plants snub the market, using native load to create their own private rate base.
Bruce W. Radford

People

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The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, by an 18-2 vote, approved Joseph T. Kelliher's nomination to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Kelliher's approval follows his second nomination by President Bush. Bush also nominated New Mexico attorney Suedeen G. Kelly to fill the remainder of a five-year term expiring June 30, 2004.

Letter to the Editor

Unsurprising Apathy
Public Utilities Fortnightly's

To the Editor:

I would like to respond to some of the issues raised in March 1, 2003, "Gas Executives' Forum." While it is admirable that executives featured in this issue, such as Bruce C. Klink, Dominion East Ohio's vice-president of regulation and pricing, and Isaac Blythers, president of Atlanta Gas Light Co., have begun making strides and meeting many of the obstacles of gas deregulation, the reality is that the success of gas choice programs continues to be mixed.

Perspective

Flexibility is key as FERC moves toward a final rule.
James Fama

Flexibility is key as FERC moves toward a final rule.

Since the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released its vision last July to standardize the rules governing U.S. bulk power markets, the nation's reaction to this standard market design (SMD) could safely be called swift and fervent.

Benchmarks

Three keys to heighten customer interest.
Nathan Adams

Three keys to heighten customer interest.

A recently completed analysis of innovative ratemaking in the electric utility industry by Platts Re-search & Consulting found a handful of customer-centric utilities expermenting with novel innovations in ratemaking, although most continue to miss the boat on this form of product differentiation.

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