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Fortnightly Magazine - July 15 2003

Frontlines

The ISO graples with the politics of scarity.
Bruce W. Radford

The ISO graples with the politics of scarity.

In regions that have embraced electric industry restructuring, such as New York, New England, and the mid-Atlantic states, where independent system operators (ISOs) have taken over and the standard market design (SMD) has grabbed a foothold over bulk power transactions, one fascinating question still dogs theorists and policymakers alike:

Is a power supply shortage really all that bad?

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The Allegheny Energy Inc. board of directors named Florida Power & Light Co. President Paul Evanson its new chairman, replacing the retiring Alan J. Noia. Allegheny's interim president, Jay Pifer, assumed the duties of COO at Allegheny. Evanson had been with Florida Power and Light since 1992. He will be replaced temporarily by Lew Hay, chairman and CEO of FPL Group, until a permanent replacement is found.

Letter to the Editor

Dr. Thomas Paynter New York State Department of Public Service

To the Editor:

In your recent article about New York's "demand curve" ("New York Throws a Curve," May 15), opponents dismiss the role of installed capacity in restructured electric markets. Instead, they suggest a complete reliance on revenues from the energy market to recover all fixed costs. Yet, as your article notes, an energy-only approach might require price spikes of up to $30,000/MWh to cover the fixed costs of "peaking" units that seldom run but are needed for reliability.

Benchmarks

The federal production tax credit and renewable portfolio standards interact in interesting ways.
Jack Ihle

Commission Watch

Price controls turn upside-down in New England.
Bruce W. Radford

Business & Money

A new survey produces some surprising responses about investor attitudes.
Greg Aliff and Branko Terzic

Technology Corridor

Vegetation that helps break down toxins debuts at manufactured gas plant site.
Jennifer Alvey

Vegetation that helps break down toxins debuts at manufactured gas plant site.

Planting swaths of rye grass and mulberry trees and sowing the soil with bacteria are hardly standard operating procedure when it comes to cleaning up manufactured gas plant sites. But if Bill Bogan has his way, it just might be.

Off Peak

Where ex utility CEOs lurk and spill their guts.
Adipocere1066, 06/18/03, 01:46 a.m.:

The Coming Transmission Credit Crisis

How can transmission providers safely serve noncreditworthy customers?
J. Michel Marcoux and Thomas L. Blackburn

Gas Pipelines Do the Safety Dance

The industry responds to FERC's new safety regulations.
Lori A. Burkhart

The industry responds to FERC's new safety regulations.

Utility companies are scrambling to understand and comply with the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002, which became law in December 2002. According to Daphne Magnuson, director of public relations at the American Gas Association (AGA), the act will require member companies to make significant changes during the next 10 years in how they operate.

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