Leadership Lyceum

Leadership Lyceum: A CEO's Virtual Mentor

This podcast series focuses on corporate and industry strategy and trends from the direct vantage point of key industry leaders. Subscribe to the podcast at Apple iTunes. Several interviews are available here: See Podcasts

Calendar of Events

Apr 09, 2017 to Apr 12, 2017
| Phoenix, AZ
May 02, 2017 to May 05, 2017
| Orlando, FL
May 21, 2017 to May 23, 2017
| Orlando, FL


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Bidding to Win: The Economics of Renewable RFPs

How project developers form their bidding strategies – and what it means for prices and the industry.

Greer Mackebee, Justin Bowersock, and James Stack

Want to find out what utilities seek when collecting bids for wind and solar projects? Read on.

Complying with 111(d)

Exploring the cap-and-invest option.

David Farnsworth

EPA is expected to provide states with latitude in meeting Clean Air Act GHG standards. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) demonstrates an effective and economical approach: “cap and invest.”

Catching Fire

Climate policy heats up after the Great Recession.

Michael T. Burr, Editor-in-Chief

GHG rules are coming soon. What happens next will depend on how states react.

Siting for Success

Using a trial-based approach to improve a project’s chances before state siting boards.


Barry Needleman and Vincent Dick


Project development isn’t getting any easier. Using a trial-based approach can improve a project’s chances before state siting boards. And time-tested principles of planning, discovery, and argument lay the groundwork for an effective appeal.

Multi-pollutant Emissions Control

MATS compliance now, with flexibility for the future.

Kevin Crapsey

Conflicting demands for complying with EPA’s MATS rule favor a single control technology to deal with multiple types of power plant emissions.

Defying the Odds

Virginia brings a new coal-fired plant online.

Herbert Wheary

Reports of coal’s demise are exaggerated. This summer, Dominion cleared the regulatory gauntlet to start up a new coal plant. Whether the example can be replicated might hinge on state incentives—and the forward price of natural gas.

Least-Risk Planning

The Homer City decision increases uncertainty—but rewards forward thinking.

Kenneth Colburn, et al.

The D.C. Circuit’s CSAPR ruling reinforces the benefits of planning ahead and keeping options open. A diverse portfolio strategy reduces risks and costs.

The NOPR Was Late

But transmission planning, as we know it, may never be the same.

Bruce W. Radford

The recent landmark ruling on transmission planning cost allocation, known as “Order 1000,” and issued by the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in late July 2011, could well produce an unintended side effect — the formation of regional compacts among states to identify needs and plan for development of new power plant projects.

Solar Hype and Hope

Utility-scale projects suffer growing pains.

Michael T. Burr, Editor-in-Chief

Anyone who’s been watching the solar power industry for more than a few years can’t help but be impressed by the recent explosion of large-scale projects. It seems akin to the rapid scale-up of wind in the late 1990s and early 2000s—when megawatt-scale turbines became standard-issue, and the definition of a “large” wind farm changed from a capacity of 20 MW to something more like 200 MW.

Repowering with Biomass

Waste fuels struggle despite coal’s decline.

William Atkinson

Fuel supply might be the biggest barrier to scaling-up biomass power generation, but it’s by no means the only problem. Utility projects to repower coal-fired plants face permitting challenges, ballooning technology costs and strained economics. Some owners are giving up the fight.