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Aug 04, 2014 to Aug 15, 2014 | Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Aug 11, 2014 to Aug 12, 2014 | New York, NY
Sep 08, 2014 to Sep 10, 2014 | Chicago, IL

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Changing the Fuel Mix: Time for a Nuclear Rescue?

Gas-fired power is king today, but fuel diversity needs and new technologies may open the door for nuclear and coal.
Lori A. Burkhart

By Lori A. Burkhart

Gas-fired power is king today, but fuel diversity needs and new technologies may open the door for nuclear and coal.

The nation's demand for electricity is expected to grow by over 40 percent in the next 20 years, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Meeting that need will require a great number of new generating plants. The burning question is, what will fuel these new plants?

Collateral Damage

Credit ratings agencies put the squeeze on merchant power.

Have they gone too far? Have ratings agencies become overzealous in their efforts to rein in energy merchants? Many in the industry are coming to that belief after Aquila, one of the industry's most respected companies and leaders, announced it would exit the merchant energy trading sector in late July. It said it could no longer meet the credit requirements imposed by ratings agencies to maintain that business.

News Analysis

State public service commissions are insisting that utilities adopt risk management programs, and are allowing less pass-through for those that don't.
Charles W. Thurston

Gas Turbinemania: The Merchant Power Plant

Why it happened? Who lost in the bust? Who will survive to build another turbine?
Robert L. Sansom and A. Michael Schaal

Why it happened? Who lost in the bust? Who will survive to build another turbine?

The period from late 2001 to April 2002 witnessed a classic industry shakeout as a result of a merchant power development sector that became too ambitious in its power plant development plans.

Off Peak

Off Peak

June 1 , 2002

The Perils of Ignoring Mother Nature

Experts say utilities' inconsistent approach to weather risk is costing them dearly.
Jennifer Alvey

People

William S. Weaver

M&A 2002: The Need for Strategic Clarity

What type of merger strategy should energy companies pursue in light of new industry uncertainties?
Richard J. Rudden and James P. Bolduc

Repeatable M&A: Creating a Value Chain Reaction

How building capabilities for repeated M&A can increase shareholder value.
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How building capabilities for repeated M&A can increase shareholder value.

Despite significant recent upheavals, the energy industry's long-term consolidation is likely to continue. Many companies appear to be moving towards, or have announced, consolidation strategies in their preferred areas of the industry. ()

News Analysis

A leaner bureaucracy sharpens its market-monitoring tools.
Mark Hand is senior editor at Public Utilities Fortnightly.

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