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Business & Money

The economic downturn is increasing utility pension plan costs and liabilities.
Richard Stavros

Pension Plans May Slow Utility Growth in 2003

 

 

The economic downturn is increasing utility pension plan costs and liabilities.

While 401(k) stock option plans have increasingly displaced traditional pension plans in corporate America, many mature firms like electric utilities are still administering sizeable pension plans that in the recent economic downturn could compromise future earnings, according to a report by investment bank CIBC World Markets (CIBC).

Commission Watch

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

Planned or Private?

 

 

Fashionably Retro

Why rate base is back in style.

Richard Stavros

It's no surprise that traditional utilities are now fashionable with Wall Street. With merchant generation and energy trading gone bust, bankers, analysts, and fund managers at the 37th Edison Electric Institute Financial Conference, held last month in Palm Springs, Calif., were falling over themselves to find those regulated gems overlooked during the energy merchant boom years.

Off Peak

Congress is still scratching the surface on electric competition.

Off Peak

August 2002

Seven-Year Itch

Congress is still scratching the surface on electric competition.

August in Washington. Traffic thins out, but not the gridlock. For each of the past seven years, there's been an energy bill lurking somewhere in the hallways of the Russell or Longworth congressional buildings.

Public Power & RTOs: How To Avoid Making Swiss Cheese

Several issues need to be addressed before municipals and co-ops participate significantly in regional transmission organizations.
Lisa G. Dowden, Ben Finkelstein, and David E. Pomper

 

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.

The Barriers to Real-Time Pricing: Separating Fact From Fiction

Real-time pricing has been hindered by the misperception that a shift to RTP will create new types of risks, without creating benefits for utilities or customers.
Ahmad Faruqui and Melanie Mauldin

 

News Analysis

Industry experts debate whether so-called "price mitigation measures" miraculously solved the California crisis.
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News Analysis

 

Declaring Emergencies in California: The Realities of ISO Operation

An independent system operator's view on the energy crisis and the realities of maintaining reliability.
Ziad Alaywan

Declaring Emergencies in California: The Realities of ISO Operation

 

Off Peak

The El Paso case just won't quit.
Joint Complainants v. El Paso Natural Gas Co., FERC Docket No. RP01-484- 000

Off Peak

September 15, 2001

Let's Play "Spin the Pipeline"

 

The El Paso case just won't quit.

It began over a year ago, on April 4, 2000. That's when California accused El Paso Natural Gas Co. of manipulating capacity rights on its natural gas pipeline by auctioning them off to its own affiliate, El Paso Merchant Energy.

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