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Sep 08, 2014 to Sep 10, 2014 | Chicago, IL
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Building a Better Utility

Many of the obstacles and strategic issues that utilities face today are all too familiar. This time they must be solved with a different business model.

Judith Warrick

We overbuild, run short, then overbuild again. You'd think we'd learn, because when the forecasts aren't accurate, when overcapacity plagues the industry, companies fail. Can we get the forecasts right? Probably not. But we can plan for forecasts that will be wrong. They always are. And they will be until the system is redesigned to let prices clear the market.

Revenge of the ’70s

A guide to the galaxy of low growth, high interest rates, and the dark side of the Force.

Richard Stavros

Many executives are hoping to avoid a repeat of the 1970s, when first hit the big screen, and when inflation, nuclear cost overruns, and diminishing returns came calling in an economic climate that today's markets threaten to emulate.

Fulfilling the Value Proposition

The Next M&A Wave: If mergers are once again a potential strategy for accomplishing growth objectives, the previous round of transactions offer several lessons.

Tom Flaherty and Bill Kemp

The industry stands at an inflection point regarding consolidation. But this time, it is less likely to retreat from more and larger combinations. What’s driving renewed interest in mergers and acquisitions?

Utilities and BPL: Betting Against the Odds

Why broadband over power line (BPL) can't stand alone as a high-speed Internet offering.

William P. Zarakas and Kenneth J. Martinian

Broadband over power line (BPL) wants to compete with cable modems and DSL for high-speed Internet customers, but BPL providers can make the technology more attractive by bundling the service with other product offerings.

Distributed Generation: Who Benefits?

Distributed Generation
T.K. Stovall, S.W. Hadley, and D.T. Rizy

Distributed Generation

In the first of three articles, experts at Oak Ridge National Laboratory examine the technical obstacles, deployment, and economic issues surrounding distributed generation.

The existing electric power delivery system is a critical part of this country's economic and societal infrastructure, and proposals to increase the role of distributed energy resources (DER) within this system are welcomed by few in the utility industry.

Corporate Risk: What Does Management Really Know?

A short list of questions that every board member and senior manager should be able to answer.

Brett Friedman and Tim Essaye

Energy Risk & Markets

Corporate Risk:

A short list of questions that every board member and senior manager should be able to answer.

"We pursue a disciplined approach to risk management" says the CEO of a major utility during the company's earnings call with analysts and investors. In this era of increased scrutiny over corporate governance, how can senior management and the board be certain that this statement is accurate, and where does the discipline begin?

The Future of Electric Competition: Concentrated Power

THE FUTURE OF ELECTRIC COMPETITION
Dr. Anthony White, MBE

THE FUTURE OF ELECTRIC COMPETITION

An analysis of competitive power markets finds that oligopolies are the end game for liberalized power markets.

The British wholesale power market is about to enter a new phase.

Technology Corridor

Are consumer broadband over powerline (BPL) services enough to make the business case for utilities?
Karen George

Technology Corridor

Are consumer broadband over powerline (BPL) services enough to make the business case for utilities?

After years of development, technology to deliver high-speed data over the existing electric power delivery network has emerged in the marketplace. In some sections of Cincinnati and Manassas, Va., consumers now have an alternative to DSL and cable for broadband Internet access. It's real and it works.

Business & Money

Merchant Power:
Jeff Bodington

Business & Money

Merchant Power:

A review of power plant deals in 2004 shows that utilities are buying.

Sales of merchant generating facilities during 2004 signaled several trends that illustrate how the power business is evolving. After a nadir in 2002, sales turned up during 2003 and then more than quadrupled during 2004. The backlog of merchant plants for sale is thinning. Buyers and sellers are closing the spreads that led to much talk but few actual sales.

Power Measurements

Private equity rolls the dice.
Gary L. Hunt and Grant Thain

Power Measurement

Private equity rolls the dice.

Overbuild in power generation markets causes a slow revenue recovery not only for combined-cycle, but for all types of plant within any region. Standard project discount rates do not apply to merchant plants and current market conditions find many merchant projects struggling.

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