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Apr 28, 2014 | New York, NY
May 05, 2014 to May 08, 2014 | Las Vegas, Nevada

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Frontlines & Op-Ed

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.

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.

Dividend Double-Take

What happens when the Bush tax cuts expire?

Michael T. Burr, Editor-in-Chief

Congress again is embroiled in another hyper-partisan food fight that threatens to blow up into a fiscal crisis. And once again dividend-paying companies like utilities are caught in the crossfire.

Views from the Bond Side

How fixed income investors view the utility sector.

Josh Olazabal

Bond investors are keen for signs of a legitimate recovery, and will be looking to move into holdco bonds.

Mitt Romney and You

Bold plan for independence, or more partisan overreach?

By Michael T. Burr, Editor-in-Chief

The Republican nominee’s energy plan doesn’t say much about electricity or natural gas. But what it does say should sound familiar to anyone who’s followed energy policy for more than four years.

Are We Smart Yet?

Rising expectations in the Dog Days of summer.

Michael T. Burr, Editor-in-Chief

Yet another sweltering summer is causing its share of outages and supply problems, with predictable backlash from customers and policy makers. And with the advances we’ve seen in recent years, perhaps again we should be asking whether we’re adequately focused on our most critical mission: keeping the power on.

Letters to the Editor

(July 2012) Thanks for your enlightening editorial about the problems of feed-in tariffs for photovoltaic installations and the distortions they are causing in cost responsibilities among electric utility customers. While these issues are an immediate and growing concern, an entirely different set of problems will emerge over the next decade as the share of renewables in total generation approaches the high levels being dictated by most regulatory authorities.

Rooftop Tsunami

Utilities sound the alarm as PV nears grid parity.

Michael T. Burr, Editor-in-Chief

A growing wave of rooftop PV projects is starting to look ominous to some utilities. Will lawmakers accept utilities’ warnings at face value—or will they suspect they’re crying wolf?

The Methane Myth

Incompetence and overreach at the EPA.

E. Scott Pruitt

The EPA’s new method for measuring the amount of methane that escapes from natural gas wells is based on flawed data. Oklahoma’s attorney general says this misguided policy decision treads on state regulatory authority and stifles resource development.

Facing Facts About Solar

Distributed solar might be a game changer, but at what cost?

Michael T. Burr, Editor-in-Chief

My friend Reggie recently asked me for advice about installing photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roof of his boathouse on the river. It has no electricity now, but he wants just enough PV to power a few lights, an automatic garage door opener, and the occasional power tool. I told Reggie the same thing I tell everybody who asks me about rooftop solar: it's exciting but still expensive. Then Reggie explained why I was wrong.

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