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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
Oct 06, 2014 to Oct 08, 2014 | Los Angeles, CA

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Water Worries

With new plants pending, cooling requires serious thought.

William Atkinson

Cooling water shortages might force nuclear project developers to get creative.

The Capture-Committed Power Plant

Moving coal forward requires a clear path to CCS.

Jeffrey P. Price

‘Capture readiness’ hasn’t helped coal projects move forward, but a firm commitment might make the difference.

CEO Roundtable: Debating The Boucher Bill

Utilities consider imposing a retail surcharge to fund clean-tech R&D.

Michael T. Burr

Utility CEOs debate the merits of a retail surcharge to fund clean-tech R&D.

Good News for Coal

Resolving the climate debate gives coal a path forward.

Michael T. Burr, Editor-in-Chief

I met Congressman Rick Boucher (D-Va.) in November. He was speaking to attendees at EEI’s Finance Conference in Phoenix, and after his speech many people remarked that they wished other members of Congress were even half as well versed about the utility industry’s issues as Boucher seems to be.

Green Bailout

Congress pours tax benefits into efficiency and renewables.

Michael T. Burr, Editor-in-Chief

Of the many provisions in the bailout bill, few of them actually establish new federal policy. Instead, most just continue existing provisions that already were set to expire, and probably would have been enacted in some form—if not this session, then next session.

Smart-Grid Analytics

Intelligent networks support better decision making.

Rick Nicholson

Sophocles once said, “Quick decisions are unsafe decisions.” Apparently Sophocles did not work in the utility industry. Utilities must make quick decisions every day to maintain a safe and reliable grid. As they have learned, the key to a quick and safe decision is making a well-informed decision. Yet utilities face challenges in providing enough information for their employees and automated systems to make these types of decisions.

Conquering Time

Understanding the value of pumped storage.

Mark Griffith

Pumped-storage technology allows utilities to defer the time value of energy, but project developers have struggled to make their economics work. Increased demand for ancillary services and standby capacity might make pumped storage more viable.

The Carbon-Smart Grid

Network intelligence yields green returns.

Fred Wellington and Forrest Small

A more sophisticated delivery network can yield “carbon value” via zero or low-emission generation, T&D efficiencies and innovative market strategies.

Letters to the Editor

(September 2008) In July 2008, two pronouncements on energy policy were made by well-known and respected public figures, T. Boone Pickens and Al Gore. While the T. Boone Pickens and Al Gore proposals are timely and merit further evaluation, at this time continued dependence on oil imports and only modest progress in replacing fossil fuel use for power generation have to be accommodated.

Standard-Offer Service: Beauty or Beast?

Laurie H. Duhan and Sheldon Switzer

Is development of retail choice compatible with best-priced standard-offer service for smaller customers? Conflicting policy priorities threaten to distort Maryland’s retail energy markets.

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