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Sep 29, 2014 to Oct 03, 2014 | Michigan State University, Lansing MI
Oct 01, 2014 to Oct 03, 2014 | Washington, DC

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Gas Crisis Forum: Prices Pointing Skyward!

Gas prices are likely to remain high in the near term.
John H. Herbert

Technology Corridor

Virtual reality comes of age in the power industry.
Ben Delaney

Virtual reality comes of age in the power industry.

Technological breakthroughs in power generation, pollution control, waste management, renewable resource applications, and many similar areas are at the forefront of advances in developing, managing, and delivering public utility products. However, technology that is more often associated with computer games and Hollywood blockbusters is taking hold in the industry, and its impact may well be as great as any of the more well known technologies.

California Experiment: Dynamic Pricing for the Mass Market

Will the state launch a full-scale rollout of dynamic tariffs?
Ahmad Faruqui and Stephen S. George

Will the state launch a full-scale rollout of dynamic tariffs?

A pilot program in California is putting dynamic pricing and advanced metering to the test.

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved a Statewide Pricing Pilot (SPP) in March,1 at a cost of approximately $10 million, including metering, project planning, management, evaluation, and concurrent market research on non-pilot participants focused on customer preferences for rate options.2

The SPP has the following objectives:

Technology Corridor

Virtual reality comes of age in the power industry.
Ben Delaney

Virtual reality comes of age in the power industry.

Technological breakthroughs in power generation, pollution control, waste management, renewable resource applications, and many similar areas are at the forefront of advances in developing, managing, and delivering public utility products. However, technology that is more often associated with computer games and Hollywood blockbusters is taking hold in the industry, and its impact may well be as great as any of the more well known technologies.

California Experiment: Dynamic Pricing for the Mass Market

Will the state launch a full-scale rollout of dynamic tariffs?
Ahmad Faruqui and Stephen S. George

Will the state launch a full-scale rollout of dynamic tariffs?

A pilot program in California is putting dynamic pricing and advanced metering to the test.

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved a Statewide Pricing Pilot (SPP) in March,1 at a cost of approximately $10 million, including metering, project planning, management, evaluation, and concurrent market research on non-pilot participants focused on customer preferences for rate options.2

The SPP has the following objectives:

Technology Corridor

How software controls can bridge the gap between wholesale market prices and consumer behavior.
J.D. Kueck, R.M. Staunton, and B.J. Kirby

How software controls can bridge the gap between wholesale market prices and consumer behavior.

As ideas go, a microgrid is nothing new. Think of steam pipes for district heating in older urban cores. But add a few software controls, and the possibilities grow.

Technology Corridor

The next big trend is to make network resources more interchangeable and less expensive.
Jennifer Alvey

The next big trend is to make network resources more interchangeable and less expensive.

Information technology (IT) infrastructure should be more like the infrastructure that generates electricity, IT consultants say, and at least one Texas utility is listening.

Forrester Research labels its vision for IT infrastructure "Organic IT" and promises that this new kind of infrastructure will save companies big bucks in the long run, without requiring a rip and replace of existing hardware and software.

Off Peak

Fortnightly finds one church preaching the gospel of renewable energy.
The Web site of the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour: www.secaucus.org/oursaviour/energy.html

The Future Role of LNG

Will liquefied natural gas catalyze a global natural gas market?
Wolfgang Haag, Dr. Berthold Hannes, Michael Weiß, and Matthias Witzemann

Will liquefied natural gas catalyze a global natural gas market?

Even as critics still debate whether liquefied natural gas (LNG) can be made economical to compete against regional gas sub-markets, the growth in LNG trade has many convinced that it has the potential to create the basis for a global gas market.

M&A for T&D

Grid system operators now hold the cards. That means a bidding war for talent and a new wave of mergers.
Larry Oliva

Grid system operators now hold the cards. That means a bidding war for talent and a new wave of mergers.

TBy issuing new rules for a Standard Market Design (SMD) for wholesale power, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in all likelihood will usher in a new wave of utility mergers. But the pattern will differ from what we have seen in recent years.

The deals will center on the transmission sector, and take a horizontal shape, rather than vertical.

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