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Oct 20, 2014 to Oct 23, 2014 | Orlando, FL
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Nov 05, 2014 to Nov 06, 2014 | Las Vegas, Nevada

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Winds of Change in Texas

Rising gas prices spark a rush to wind farms, straining grid capacity and raising larger issues about market design.
Courtney Barry

 

Rising gas prices spark a rush to wind farms, straining grid capacity and raising larger issues about market design.

When the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) was drafting rules to encourage the use of renewable energy, it took pains to guard against the chance that power producers would fail to reach the state's target of 400 megawatts (MW) in installed new renewable generation capacity by Jan. 1, 2002. The commission needn't have worried.

In Search of... Transmission Capitalists

Facing a cash crunch, transmission owners look for new funding sources.
Elliot Roseman and Paul De Martini

 

Commission Watch

PUCs could face rate shock if feds push plans for an RTO signup bonus.
Phillip S. Cross

PUCs could face rate shock if feds push plans for an RTO signup bonus.

State PUCs will surely weigh in on the latest move by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to work its will on the nation's electric transmission grid. In this case, the item in question concerns a policy statement proposed by FERC that would reward electric utilities for investing in new transmission upgrades and-more importantly-for joining up with a regional transmission organization (RTO).

Perspective

The musings of a utility staffer-written in a spirit of respect for all those staffers who have come to terms with their innermost fears.
Anonymous

The musings of a utility staffer-written in a spirit of respect for all those staffers who have come to terms with their innermost fears.

I am an employee at what they call a "FERC jurisdictional utility." That means I also moonlight as a professional meeting-goer. But it's a good job. I do my small part to keep the electric transmission grid safe and reliable.

Commission Watch

While electric restructuring pauses, telecom pushes forward.
Phillip S. Cross

State PUCs Show Split Personality

 

 

While electric restructuring pauses, telecom pushes forward.

No matter which way they turn, state public utility commissions (PUCs) have their work cut out for them.

While federal policy-makers push ahead with wholesale market reforms in the electricity sector, many at the state level now call for a cautious approach to protect consumers.

Frontlines

Carrots haven't worked. FERC needs to get tough on backing its SMD vision.
Richard Stavros

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

 

 

Commission Watch

The case for participant-funded transmission.
Bruce W. Radford

Planned or Private?

 

 

A Blueprint for DG

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.

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