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Fortnightly Magazine - December 2008

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.

The New Gas Wisdom

Unconventional gas sources put a ceiling on future prices.

James C. Hendrickson and Dan Gabaldon

Unconventional gas and LNG are changing the outlook for future gas prices.

Good News for Coal

Resolving the climate debate gives coal a path forward.

Michael T. Burr, Editor-in-Chief

I met Congressman Rick Boucher (D-Va.) in November. He was speaking to attendees at EEI’s Finance Conference in Phoenix, and after his speech many people remarked that they wished other members of Congress were even half as well versed about the utility industry’s issues as Boucher seems to be.

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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.

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