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Fortnightly Magazine - December 2008

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(December 2008) Arizona Public Service named Daniel Froetscher vice president of energy delivery. Southwest Gas Corp. hired Don Soderberg as vice president of external affairs.Chesapeake Utilities Corp. named Michael P. McMasters as executive vice president and COO. American Gas Association elected Thomas E. Skains chairman. And others...

CEO Roundtable: Debating The Boucher Bill

Utilities consider imposing a retail surcharge to fund clean-tech R&D.

Michael T. Burr

Utility CEOs debate the merits of a retail surcharge to fund clean-tech R&D.

The Capture-Committed Power Plant

Moving coal forward requires a clear path to CCS.

Jeffrey P. Price

‘Capture readiness’ hasn’t helped coal projects move forward, but a firm commitment might make the difference.

Memo to the President-Elect (Part 2)

A clear and present need for nuclear energy expansion.

C.E. (Gene) Carpenter Jr.

Addressing climate change will require extending the life of today’s nuclear fleet and laying the foundation for new plants.

Water Worries

With new plants pending, cooling requires serious thought.

William Atkinson

Cooling water shortages might force nuclear project developers to get creative.

Planning Ahead

William Atkinson

Utilities that have new nuclear plants on the drawing board are involved in a host of strategies designed to address water issues. For some, these focus primarily on location. For others, technology is a key.

Ontario's Standard Offer

Financial incentives work, but beware potential pitfalls.

Forrest Small and Mitchell Rothman

The province’s renewable program was vastly oversubscribed. But was it successful?

Squeezing Energy from A Rock

New geothermal approaches bring massive resources within reach.

Charles W. Thurston

Low-temperature closed-loop generators promise huge growth in geothermal power.

Riding on The Wind

Plug-in hybrids usher a new era for wind power.

Jeff Anthony

Plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) open a new intersection between wind power and transportation.

Back to Gas

Utility turbines bridge the capacity gap.

Scott M. Gawlicki

Utilities are turning to natural gas as a bridge fuel, and to support non-dispatchable renewables.

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