Calendar of Events

Jun 12, 2016 to Jun 15, 2016
| Chicago, IL
Sep 21, 2016 | University of Missouri - Columbia, MO


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Frontlines & Op-Ed

Response to Radford Re: EPSA Complaints at FERC on Ohio Contracts

A response to the ‘Following FERC’ column by Bruce Radford in our April 2016 issue.

John E. Shelk

The PUCO was not, and never will be, in a position to ensure terms of PPAs meet requirements of FPA.

Consumers Want What?

Rather than accept the rhetoric, let’s find out.

Steve Mitnick

What’s missing is asking consumers to consider realistic tradeoffs between two characteristics of electricity rather than the desirability of a single characteristic in isolation.

Response to Brown Re: Net Metering

A response to the letter to the editor by Ashley Brown in our February 2016 issue.

Charles Cicchetti

Is rooftop solar more like an independent power producer, subject to societal regulation and policy, such as wholesale-level regulation or retail-level resource planning? Or is the electricity that is produced a private consumer good, immune from regulation, policy, and planning?

We Made Light Free

As inexpensive as lighting was, twenty years ago, we’ve since made it close to free. Too cheap to meter?

Steve Mitnick

Will lighting drop to a tenth of residential consumption, then below? Every use of a machine, appliance, device shrunk in its significance to the household budget.

Reply to Ahmad Faruqui Re: Time-Varying Rates

A response to Dr. Faruqui’s insights regarding time-varying rates and his commentary on the Fortnightly article, “Action by Choice.”

Chris King and Bonnie Datta

Our goal is not to maximize participation in time-varying rates, but to maximize the combination of load shifting and customer satisfaction for all.

Response To King-Datta Re: Time-Varying Rates

A response to the article by Chris King and Bonnie Datta in our December 2015 issue.

Ahmad Faruqui

What is the best way for deploying time-varying rates? It would be best to put aside imaginary fears of customer revolt.

Electricity's Capacity Factor, a Problem?

Electric infrastructure is used half the time on average. Is this a problem requiring rapid radical reform?

Steve Mitnick

Some of you take the subway to work. What’s the capacity factor of the subway system? Our electric grid provides enormous value to its customers, with a combination of infrastructure and workforces with varying capacity factors.

Response to Huntoon Re: Big Transmission

Letter to the Editor: A response to the article by Steve Huntoon in our September 2015 issue

Michael Beehler

Public/regulatory policy, economic viability and non-negotiable need to sustain near-100-percent system reliability could soon push building more “big transmission.”

Response to Cicchetti/Wellinghoff Re: Net Metering

Letters to the Editor: A response to the article by Charles Cicchetti and Jon Wellinghoff in our December 2015 issue

Ashley Brown

A major mistake is the claim, under net metering, customers who generate power with rooftop solar simply “bank” or “park” their extra electricity with their utility, retaining ownership rights.

No, Edison Wouldn't Recognize Today's Electric Industry

A put down of the industry’s innovation can be put aside

Steve Mitnick

The last year of Edison’s life was vastly different from today. Residential electric consumption is about 140 times greater than 1930.