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Fortnightly Magazine - November 2012

Cleanup Time

Retrofitting early protected North Carolina ratepayers.

David Hoppock and Sarah Adair

Ongoing litigation over EPA rules raises compliance risks and costs. North Carolina utilities, however, benefited from the state’s forward thinking.

Bill Hogan, Unbundled

A candid commentary on current topics in electric restructuring.

John A. Bewick

A no-holds-barred interview with the electric industry’s chief architect of wholesale electric market design.

People

(November 2012) Westinghouse Electric names former Progress Energy Executive as president and CEO. FirstEnergy makes numerous executive changes and appointments; Pepco hires new general counsel; plus executive appointments and announcements at AEP, PPL, PG&E, ITC Holdings, Dominion, EPRI, SEIA, and others.

Gas Without Regrets

How suppliers and generators can each gain from today’s historic low prices.

Gregory C. Staple & Patrick Bean

Gas-fired generators and suppliers alike can each share risk and reward from historic low prices with contracts that blend market and fixed prices

Federal Feud

The jurisdictional battle rages on, with FERC and EPA squaring off against the states.

Bruce W. Radford and Michael T. Burr

When Revolutionary War veteran Daniel Shays led an attack on the federal Springfield Armory in January 1787—the spark that ignited the federalist movement—he scarcely could’ve guessed that now, 225 years later, his spiritual descendants would still be fighting that very same battle.

Least-Risk Planning

The Homer City decision increases uncertainty—but rewards forward thinking.

Kenneth Colburn, et al.

The D.C. Circuit’s CSAPR ruling reinforces the benefits of planning ahead and keeping options open. A diverse portfolio strategy reduces risks and costs.

Bridging the Seams

Interregional planning under FERC Order 1000

J.P. Pfeifenberger, J.W. Chang, and D. Hou

With no single entity in charge, transmission planning has plagued projects that span multiple regions. A new framework offers a solution.

Vendor Neutral

Calpine signs PPA with Public Service Company of Oklahoma; TransCanada and Ontario PowerAuthority agree to develop 900-MW gas-fired power plant; Panda selects Siemens to build combined-cycle plant; Progress Energy retires coal plants dating from 1923; Southern Company and Turner acquire 30-MW PV project; PSO begins smart meter pilot rollout; Southern California Edison contracts with Corix to install smart meters; Iberdrola USA hires Burns and McDonnell to review grid infrastructure. Plus contracts and announcements from Itron, eMeter, Echelon, Quanta Services, DNV, Metadigm, Landis+Gyr, and others.

The Old Drawing Board

Portfolio planning in the age of gas.

Michael T. Burr, Editor-in-Chief

PUCs are concerned that a rapid shutdown of coal-fired plants will start a full-tilt dash to gas—similar to the one that caused bankruptcies among independent power producers in the late 1990s and early 2000s. But this time around, ratepayers and not IPP investors will be stuck with the risk, if utilities rush to add all that new gas-fired capacity to rate base.

Transactions

September 2012 -- Southern Company and Turner purchase SunEdison 30-MW PV plant; PSEG acquires 15-MW PV project from Juwi Solar; Duke issues $650 million in 30-year notes; PSE&G floats $350 million; Sempra and SoCal Gas each issue $350 million in bonds; plus bond issues from ONEOK, Regency Energy, ComEd, Tampa Electric, DTE, and Tucson Electric, totaling $4.8 billion.

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