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Fortnightly Magazine - February 2005

A New World Order

GREENHOUSE-GAS EMISSIONS
Peter Fontaine

GREENHOUSE-GAS EMISSIONS

Pressure for national legislation builds as the Northeastern U.S. goes it alone and carbon trading takes off in the European Union.

Domestic and international pressures are building rapidly on the United States to enact some form of legislation to curb greenhouse-gas emissions, as a spate of recent developments turns up the heat on the Bush administration. Internal pressure is building on several fronts.

A Changing U.S. Climate

GREENHOUSE-GAS EMISSIONS
Sanne B. Jacobsen, Neil J. Numark And Paloma Sarria

GREENHOUSE-GAS EMISSIONS

The states are getting into the act on greenhouse emissions, and the power industry is getting more proactive. What policy measures are appropriate?

A growing number of U.S. utility companies have come out in favor of federal mandatory limits on emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from their facilities.

Renewable Energy & Emissions Trading: Building the British Model

Renewable Energy & Emissions Trading
Michael Rosenfeld

Renewable Energy & Emissions Trading

The UK offers a model for renewable energy growth.

The United Kingdom stands at the forefront of renewable energy market development. The 2002 Renewables Obligation sets out a progressive strategy for achieving environmental protection, energy reliability and a competitive marketplace for industry and investment. The goals are ambitious: generating 10 percent of total UK electricity supply from renewable sources by 2010; 15.4 percent by 2015; and 20 percent by 2020.

Europe: Picture of a Stalled Competitive Model

EUROPE
Bridgett Neely & A.J. Goulding

EUROPE

Several hurdles remain to further liberalization and full competition in the electricity sector.

Two major trends can be observed in Europe's electricity sector. First, the increasing importance of private-sector participation in a sector that was traditionally viewed as belonging to the state.

The Future of Electric Competition: Concentrated Power

THE FUTURE OF ELECTRIC COMPETITION
Dr. Anthony White, MBE

THE FUTURE OF ELECTRIC COMPETITION

An analysis of competitive power markets finds that oligopolies are the end game for liberalized power markets.

The British wholesale power market is about to enter a new phase.

Monopolists in Our Midst

What happens when economists and state regulators give up on electric restructuring?

Richard Stavros

It’s not to be taken lightly when several high-profile economists reverse themselves on electric competition—giving up on policies they had pushed for years. It’s also quite serious when regulators and legislators in pro-competitive states become willing to discuss a repeal of electric restructuring laws. These developments, seen over the fast few months, have set the industry buzzing.

People

New Opportunities: Dynegy Inc. announced that Carolyn M. Campbell has been named group general counsel-corporate finance & securities, and corporate secretary. Campbell joins Dynegy from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

RPS: Should States Get Credit?

The risks in renewable portfolio standards.

Gary L. Hunt

State-mandated renewable portfolio standards are being adopted across the country to facilitate the development of renewable energy projects. Nineteen states have enacted renewable portfolio standards, but significant barriers remain to fulfill the potential of RPS. Will RPS actually result in a substantial amount of new project construction?

The Need for Nuclear Now

States will play a significant role in the resurgence of nuclear power plants in America.

Joe F. Colvin

At times, various conditions align and set the stage for achieving goals that may have appeared to be unreachable. Last summer, the Boston Red Sox were all but eliminated from contention, but then won an amazing stretch of baseball games that resulted in a World Series championship.

A similar scenario can be applied to the U.S. nuclear industry-producer of a steady, low-cost, environmentally important electricity source poised to thrive with the possibility of new plant construction in the not-so-distant future.

Commission Watch

Alaskan Gas Development
Bruce W. Radford

Commission Watch

Alaskan Gas Development

FERC may have to carve out a special set of rules if it wants to bring Arctic gas south to the lower-48.

When President Bush signed the Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline Act of 2004, forcing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the first time to set formal rules to cover capacity solicitations and subscriptions for a new pipeline, one might have thought that North Slope gas was on the fast track.

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