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Fortnightly Magazine - July 2014

Reliability vs. Resiliency

Prevent problems, or wait and respond when something happens?

Bruce W. Radford

FERC holds conference on electric reliability, asks about standards for resiliency – not just to prevent problems, but how to respond once they occur.

Wind Power Subsidies

Today, tomorrow, forever?

Jonathan A. Lesser

NREL contradicts AWEA, finds wind power not competitive, and favors extending the production tax credit (PTC), but that won’t aid economic growth.

People (July 2014)

Calpine named former CEO Jack Fusco as executive chairman and president Thad Hill as president and CEO. CenterPoint Energy appointed Carla Kneipp v.p. and treasurer. ITC Holdings promoted Daniel J. Oginsky to executive v.p. and general counsel. CMS Energy elected 11 members to its board of directors, including John G. Russell, president and CEO of CMS Energy. And others.

Transactions (July 2014)

First Solar sold the 50-MW Macho Springs Solar Power Plant to a Southern Company subsidiary. DTE Energy purchased one of the Pheasant Run wind parks. Dominion acquired two stand-alone solar energy developments in southwest Tennessee. With asset sales by Suzlon Group, NextEra Energy Resources, and Strata Solar, and debt offerings by ITC Holdings and SunEdison.

Enforcement Times Two

FERC and CFTC begin sharing information to target market manipulation in the energy industry.

Steven F. Reich, Charles F. Connolly and J. Porter Wiseman

Closer coordination between FERC and CFTC (and perhaps also with DOJ) will increase enforcement risk for energy industry traders.

Nuclear At a Crossroads

Wind, nuclear, and gas resources must work together – not at cross-purposes.

Hon. John R. Norris

Why the U.S. must maintain current levels of nuclear energy production to achieve carbon reduction goals.

Peril at Home

We could see 11-22GW of nuclear facing early retirement in the next 10 years.

Christopher Dann

The existing U.S. nuclear fleet, representing 100GW or 20% of our electric generation, is in economic peril and in danger of declining even more rapidly than expected.

China's Leap Forward

China has invested billions in developing reactor prototypes.

John A. Bewick

China is currently the world leader in investment in and development of new nuclear power facilities.

Intelligent Protection

Local network security in the age of microgrids and distributed generation.

Bijoy Chatt and Ken Horne

With the local grid infused with distributed generation, static relay settings must yield to a more dynamic approach to ensure network security.

A Call for Consolidation

Electric utility mergers loom as the next step in restructuring.

Mark C. Beyer

The electric utility industry is inefficient: the firms are too small, lacking economies of scale achievable through mergers and acquisitions.

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