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Fortnightly Magazine - January 2014

Beyond the Meter

Protecting your base – while keeping options open.

By Michael T. Burr, Editor-in-Chief

The coming years will bring policy wrangling over distributed resources – what’s economic and what’s not.

People (January 2014)

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.

Smart Transition

Embracing a competitive and digital future for utilities.

Jack Azagury

A recent Accenture survey shows utility executives believe smart grid capabilities will transform the industry and bring competitive opportunities.

Transactions (January 2014)

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.

Embracing Disruption

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.

Dealing With the Duck

Designing markets to accommodate variable resources.

Mike Hogan and Bentham Paulos

Growth in variable resources creates an increasing need for demand response and fast-ramping generation. The right market design can bring both.

Bundled against Change

Mississippi draws a line in the sand.

Bruce W. Radford

"We view the [Entergy-ITC] transaction [as] an attempt to extract excess value."-Mississippi PSC

Power Breakfast

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.

Opening the Black Box

A new approach to utility asset management.

Charles D. Feinstein and Jonathan A. Lesser

Creating a dynamic statistical approach to designing an overall strategy for utility asset management.

Modernization Foundation

Near-term vision for advanced distribution management.

Robert Uluski

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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