Calendar of Events

Sep 08, 2014 to Sep 10, 2014 | Chicago, IL
Sep 29, 2014 to Oct 03, 2014 | Michigan State University, Lansing MI
Oct 01, 2014 to Oct 03, 2014 | Washington, DC

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Frontlines & Op-Ed

'Resilience'

A new watchword for the industry and its regulators.

Michael T. Burr, Editor-in-Chief

If the concept of resilience—including cyber and physical security—had been baked into the industry’s culture from the beginning, the energy grid might look a lot different from what it does today.

Responding to Prof. Hogan

APPA questions the benefits attributed to organized power markets.

Elise Caplan

Unless the regulatory paradigm fairly balances the interests of both load and generation, the utility industry will be condemned to continued upheaval.

Partnering on Pipeline Safety

The state regulator’s perspective on gas infrastructure inspections and investments.

Philip B. Jones and Paul J. Roberti

As aging pipelines bring safety concerns, regulators and utilities must cooperate to ensure investments deliver the greatest value for customers.

Franchise Fracas

Will Boulder be the last city to go muni? Don’t bet on it.

Michael T. Burr, Editor-in-Chief

When the goals of a utility and its host community aren’t in sync, breakups happen.

Islands in the Storm

Microgrids begin to make economic sense.

Michael T. Burr, Editor-in-Chief

With microgrids in place, doomsday preppers wouldn't need to worry so much about a zombie plague.

Perfect Superstorm

Could carbon taxes emerge in the election aftermath?

Michael T. Burr, Editor-in-Chief

Since Obama won reelection, we must ask whether we’d rather have EPA cracking down on carbon emissions, or whether a legislated framework would be better for everyone.

Maximum Burden

The electricity price increases from the proposed EPA Utility MACT will act as a regressive tax on the elderly.

Roger H. Bezdek

Although EPA claims its tough new clean air regulations will improve public health, in fact they’ll measurably degrade the health of Florida seniors.

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.

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.

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