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Interconnection

FERC's Market Design: The End of a 'Noble Dream'

How state opposition cowed the feds and turned a powerful rule into just a set of talking points.
Bruce W. Radford

How state opposition cowed the feds and turned a powerful rule into just a set of talking points.

A funny thing happened on the way to a standard market design (SMD). What began as a full-fledged rulemaking-with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) giving instructions and imposing deadlines on the electric utility industry-now has degenerated into little more than a set of talking points.

Talk about cold feet.

Commission Watch

FERC looks ahead to the new year as it wraps up loose ends from 2002.
Lori Burkhart

FERC: SMD/Grid Issues Lead 2003 Agenda

 

 

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California Gov. Gray Davis named Michael Peevey president of the state's PUC, replacing Loretta Lynch. Lynch was expected to remain with the commission until the completion of her term, in January 2005. Peevey has served on the commission since March of 2002. He previously was president of Edison International. Davis also appointed Susan Kennedy commissioner, replacing Henry Duque.

Richard G. Newman, chairman and CEO of AECOM Technology Corp., joined the Sempra Energy board of directors.

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Gen Interconnection: Comparability or Common Sense?

Why power plants should pay for grid upgrades.
Cliff Rochlin and Jeff Huang

 

Why power plants should pay for grid upgrades.

Do we make all generators equal-using affirmative action to give rights to merchants that are "comparable" to utility-owned plants?

Or, do we let the locational price signals shine through-trusting all plant developers, whether regulated or not, to act in self-interest?

Loss Modeling in T&D Systems: Is $25 Billion Worth Losing?

Energy players can lose a lot more than their shirt if they fail to model transmission losses properly.
Steinar Dale, Bob Fesmire, and Vikram Janardhan

 

A Vision for Trasmission: How the RTOs Stand

And where the trouble spots lie in FERC's grid plan.
See Affidavit of William H. Dunn, Jr., on behalf of the Montana Consumer Counsel, FERC Docket No. RT01-35, filed 5/29/02

And where the trouble spots lie in FERC's grid plan.

The mood appeared calm on June 26 in Washington, D.C., at the regular bi-weekly meeting of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Key officials from various regional transmission organizations (RTOs) had gathered before chairman Pat Wood and the other commissioners to brief them on progress over the past year in reforming wholesale electric markets, and on what the FERC might expect in the summer at hand.

Standby Generation: A New Proposition

A cost/benefit analysis of full interconnection of customer-owned standby generators.
Joshua Meyer, John Farls, and Dennis Troester

Profile

His company, he admits, is all about cherry picking.
Lori A. Burkhart

His company, he admits, is all about cherry picking.

This issue we took some time off to have some fun. We caught up with Trans-Elect president and COO Bernie Schroeder in downtown D.C.

A Hope, A Wing, and A Prayer

On the virtues and vices of ICAP, ACAP, FTRs, hubs, flowgates, DAMs, and gaming.
Bruce W. Radford

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