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Fortnightly Magazine - June 2005

The Ultimate CEOs

The CEO Power Forum: Not all utility CEOs are created equal...

Interviews by Richard Stavros

We talk with Cinergy’s James E. Rogers, DTE Energy’s Anthony F. Earley Jr., Constellation Energy’s Mayo A. Shattuck III, Xcel Energy’s Wayne H. Brunetti, FPL Group Inc.’s Lewis Hay III, and TXU’s C. John Wilder.

CEO Pay Reflects Strong Stock Performance

The CEO Power Forum: TXU's Wilder nets $55 million package.

Edward Metz

Companies continue to embrace the back-to-basics strategy, and investors seem to think that it is paying off.

Boardroom Focus: Bringing Insight to Oversight

How to use the board of directors to build a more resilient enterprise.

Tim Gardner and Eric Spiegel

Utility boards face great uncertainty, heightening the importance of communication between directors and management.

A National Gasification Strategy

Presenting a program to stimulate robust coal-gasification technology deployment at low federal cost.

William G. Rosenberg, Michael R. Walker, & Dwight C. Alpern

Federal loan guarantees and other incentives can clear the hurdles to near-term deployment of gasification technologies.

Financing Clean Coal

No single type of financial incentive closes the cost gap between clean coal and modern conventional coal technologies.

Thomas Wilson and Charles Clark

How can the cost gap between IGCC plants and pulverized coal plants be closed?

EPA's Big Bet on Green Trading

Environmental Emissions: The cost to power markets of the Clean Air Interstate Rule depends on the ability to trade mercury.

Peter Rosenthal

The decision to limit mercury provides cover for utilities reluctant to spend on controlling NOx and SO2, while boosting other companies

From Jet Set to Green Set

Corporate Environmental Programs: How can utility employees participate in greenhouse-gas reduction? Start with sustainable travel programs.

Bjorn Fischer

How can utility employees participate in greenhouse-gas reduction?

Revenge of the ’70s

A guide to the galaxy of low growth, high interest rates, and the dark side of the Force.

Richard Stavros

Many executives are hoping to avoid a repeat of the 1970s, when first hit the big screen, and when inflation, nuclear cost overruns, and diminishing returns came calling in an economic climate that today's markets threaten to emulate.

People

Exelon appointed Tom Ridge and Dr. William C. Richardson to its board of directors. NiSource Inc. has restructured its leadership team. Hydro-Québec appointed André Caillé chairman of its board of directors and Thierry Vandal as president and CEO of the company. Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) Chairman Wendell F. Holland recently was named president of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners. And others...

Mercury: Much Ado About Nothing?

How the Clean Air Mercury Rule will affect coal prices.

Hans Daniels

The Clean Air Mercury Rule impacts new and existing coal-fired electric generating plants through a market-based cap-and-trade program similar to the EPA’s highly successful Acid Rain Program. The first phase of the program in 2010 reduces mercury emissions to 38 tons. The second phase goes into action in 2018 with a final mercury emissions cap of 15 tons. The key question is: what extent will the new rule reduce coal’s dominance in the electric generation market?

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