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Fortnightly Magazine - June 2014

Negawhat?

EPSA v. FERC: How the court went wrong on demand response.

Bruce W. Radford

The court’s ruling in EPSA v. FERC assigns a retail/wholesale dichotomy to demand response, but is that distinction even meaningful?

People (June 2014)

CMS Energy names Brian Rich as vp and CIO; New York Independent System Operator names Michael Bemis as board chair; Southern California Edison elects Connie J. Erickson as v.p.  and controller; CenterPoint Energy names Dana O’Brien senior v.p. and general counsel.

Transactions (June 2014)

Energen signs stock purchase to sell Alagasco to The Laclede Group; Calpine agrees to sell six power plants to LS Power; Exelon agrees to buy Pepco Holdings Inc.; GE offers to acquire power and grid businesses from Alstom.

Making Peace With Solar

Electric executives open up on what they’re planning next.

Kristian Hanelt

Electric power executives open up about their solar investments. What motivates them? What are they planning next?

The Powhatan Matter

Market manipulation versus the right to make a profit.

Bruce W. Radford

Harvard professor Bill Hogan claims FERC is wrong to find market manipulation where traders simply make profits on market defects known to all.

Taking Digital to Scale

Eight key ‘plays’ to alter how work is managed and performed.

Greg Bolino and Jack Azagury

Adopting digital capabilities to transform operations and processes holds immense promise for utilities. Indeed, it’s the best path to growth.

Waiting for the Next Polar Vortex

How recent events could prove a harbinger of winters to come.

Judah Rose

The winter of 2013-14 offered up a perfect storm of natural gas price spikes and threats to electric reliability. Expect more of the same.

From ISO to DSO

Imagining a new construct – an independent system operator for the distribution network.

Farrokh Rahimi and Sasan Mokhtari

A new utility industry construct – the Distribution System Operator (DSO) – could help maximize the benefits of distributed energy resources.

Digest (June 2014)

Algonquin Power & Utilities enters partnership with Siemens Canada for 10 wind turbines expected to start operation early next year; Strata Solar installs nine utility-scale solar projects in North Carolina; Ontario Power Generation establishes agreement with Westinghouse to consider nuclear plant refurbishment, decommissioning and remediation; JinkoSolar successfully connects solar power plant in Jiangsu Province; El Paso Pipeline acquires 50 percent interest in Ruby Pipeline from Kinder Morgan