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Nov 05, 2014 to Nov 06, 2014 | Las Vegas, Nevada
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Another Side to Decoupling: Share the Gain, Not the Pain

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities finds incentive programs may be a better way.

Jeanne M. Fox, Frederick F. Butler, Nusha Wyner, and Jerome May

New Jersey regulators say they have found a way to achieve conservation objectives while maintaining efficient operations, all without placing additional risk on consumers. How did they do it?

Cyber Standards: FERC Asserts Its Authority

NERC’s first critical-infrastructure standard is now enforceable. But cyber rules await approval.

Christian Hamaker

Cyber standards proposed by the North American Electric Reliability Corp. are in limbo this summer, although the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission anticipates taking action on them soon. Once approved, however, how will the two organizations work together to enforce compliance?

Asian Electric Competition Custom Tailored For Success

Taking the anti-FERC approach to the grid.

Vikram Janardhan, Ajit Kulkarni, Ph.D., Narottam Aul, and Ng Meng Poh

A common response to energy-market risk is a complex market infrastructure, with significant administrative effort and cost dedicated to managing the risks and ensuring that the market functions in a transparent and effective manner. But is market complexity a necessary byproduct of competitive markets?

Infrastructure Development: Avoiding the Next Debacle

How to ensure another Chunnel, WPPS, or Big Dig doesn’t happen to you.

Rilck Noel and Terrel LaRoche

New generation projects face intense financial, regulatory, legal, and political scrutiny. To meet their communities’ power-supply needs with environmental sensitivity and fiscal prudence will require a new level of managerial excellence that some may not be able to achieve.

Nuclear vs. IGCC

Next-gen technologies race to dominate the big build.

Michael T. Burr

New nuke plants will take at least eight years to complete, while the coal that powers new IGCC plants is no longer cheap. Regulatory and market obstacles confront both technologies, just as they emerge from the starting gate. Which type of plant will win the future?

Highlighting Interoperability

A decision-maker’s checklist provide a starting point—but not an end-point.

Alison Silverstein and Richard Schomberg

Recent predictions suggest that the U.S. electric industry will invest $300 billion in new transmission and distribution (T&D) facilities (including advanced meters) over the next decade, and $400 billion in new power plants over the next 25 years to meet forecasted demand growth. If we start now, we can build interoperability principles and capabilities into those investments and hasten the improvements in reliability, costs, innovation and value that interoperability can deliver.

Viewpoint: In Defense of Markets

The latest resistance to deregulation is built on a foundation of lies.

Todd W. Bessemer and Francis X. Shields

A motley assortment of naysayers and recalcitrants continue to oppose competitive electricity markets around the world. But the alternative to markets is centralized command economics—a discredited concept that deserves to be consigned to the dustbin of history.

The New Balance of Power

Do states have any rights in siting LNG terminals?

William A. Mogel and Shuchi Batra

Natural gas often is called the world’s most perfect fuel. And since it can be transported as liquefied natural gas (LNG), and, as LNG, is projected to meet 20 percent of the country’s natural-gas requirements by 2025, the construction of onshore LNG terminals is crucial for the United States. Siting of LNG terminals is contentious as states and a range of stakeholders challenge and seek to frustrate FERC’s permitting authority.

Spending Capital as if It Mattered

Infrastructure challenges are redefining utility capital-planning methods.

Tom Flaherty and Tim Gardner

The capital pressures squeezing utilities today need to be offset by stronger alignment among the four critical dimensions of capital planning: strategic, regulatory, financial, and managerial.

Power-Plant Development: Raising the Stakes

Duke Energy’s Jim Turner and other utility executives weigh the odds on billion-dollar bets.

Richard Stavros

The heavy investment required for new generation technologies clearly is a global phenomenon, but global-resource competition to build power plants is making power-plant development more expensive—and may even limit the number that any one utility in any one country can develop.

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