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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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The Perils of Ignoring Mother Nature

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

Three-Legged Stool

The smart money now treats transmission as a player. Just like generation. Just like load.

Over at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, new chairman Pat Wood has let it be known he might have done it the other way. If he had been in charge, say the press reports, he would have postponed Order 2000. He would not have asked electric utilities for any commitment to join a regional transmission organization (RTO) until after the FERC had first devised a comprehensive set of rules-a standard market design (SMD)-for RTOs and stand-alone independent transmission companies (transco's, or ITCs).

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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The Economists: On the Future of Energy Markets

The Power of Price Responsiveness
Mark Hand

Uncertainty clouds direction of FERC's market engineering.

The Energy Tech Chronicles: Will Bust Turn to Boom?

Overcoming many obstacles, energy technology continues to have potential.
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The Aftermath of Alliance

What can we learn from its failure?
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What can we learn from its failure?

That the end of Alliance Company's RTO dreams came swiftly is clear. Whether the denial of regional transmission organization (RTO) status to Alliance means anything outside the Midwest is anything but.

Perspective

Taking a different view on merchant development.
Public Utilities Fortnightly

Taking a different view on merchant development.

The Nov. 15 issue of included an article entitled "Power Shortages? Fuhgeddaboutit!" The article, by Betsy S. Vaninetti of RDI Consulting, projects a glut of generation capacity in the United States. "As things now stand, overbuilding is the real concern," Vaninetti wrote.

The Perils of Greenfield Gas Development

Presenting a fair and simple distributed generation plan for utilities and policy-makers.
Richard S. Brent

Presenting a fair and simple distributed generation plan for utilities and policy-makers.

Distributed generation (DG) continues to face many institutional barriers erected before the technology emerged as an economic alternative. Chief among these barriers are existing rate and regulatory regimes, which fail to offer appropriate incentives to utilities and customers who might otherwise substitute DG facilities for distribution and generation.

Making Markets Work: How ISO Rules Still Cause Problems

How obscured spot prices, unhedgeable basis differentials, unreliable and financially insecure clearing practices inhibit market liquidity.
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The Rules of the Grid: Transmission Policy and Motives Gehind It

Making sense of RTO Week, the mediation talks, and FERC's promised new rulemaking.
Bruce W. Radford

 

Making sense of RTO Week, the mediation talks, and FERC's promised new rulemaking.

Dynegy's senior vice president Peter Esposito didn't think much about the celebrated mediation talks on forming a single, unified transmission grid for the Northeast U.S.

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