Idaho Power names Darrel Anderson CEO, succeeding LaMont Keen, and also promotes Steven Keen to CFO and treasurer; DTE names Dave Meador vice chairman and chief administrative officer; former FCC Chairman William Kennard joins Duke Energy board of directors; plus executive appointments at Southern Company, Dominion, and others.
Calpine acquires 1,050-MW combined-cycle plant in Texas; Allete buys AES wind farms; NextEra acquires Silver State solar project from First Solar; plus equity and debt deals involving EdF, Emera, First Wind, SunEdison, AEP, NV Energy and others, totaling $2.7 billion.
Developing a leadership role for utilities in alternative technologies.
Andrew Kosnaski and Ramesh (“Rudy”) Shankar
Faced with aging assets, rising operating costs, growing regulatory risks, and flat demand growth, utilities are challenged to remain competitive in an evolving energy market. The answer might be for utilities to establish a leadership position and pursue a more flexible mission.
Fortnightly’s Executive Roundtable considers industry options and risks.
Michael T. Burr
Fortnightly recently convened a group of senior operations executives from a variety of companies to discuss current trends in the U.S. power industry. Their comments reflect a mixed outlook on the industry’s transitionary changes.
Near-term vision for advanced distribution management.
Recent superstorms and other major events have raised the bar for utility reliability and grid planning. By bringing together various advanced systems in an integrated distribution management platform, utilities can make power systems more resilient – and provide better service for customers.
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