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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

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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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Texas Solar Two Step

Different Outcomes in State’s Two Distinct Markets

Marc Miller and Bob Gibson

Texas highlights the importance of market structures and economics in the growth of solar deployment. Driven by customer interest and policy objectives, distributed and utility-scale solar has thrived in municipal and cooperative service territories. The same has not been true in the competitive wholesale market with retail choice.

Marginal Utility

Changing the Electric Utility Financial Paradigm

Leonard S. Hyman and William I. Tilles

Global capital markets have accommodated the industry with low interest rates and high stock price multiples, but capital markets are fickle. Electrics will be capitalized more like other industrial companies, and less like regulated monopolies.

Electricity Market Reform in Japan

Bumpy Road Ahead

Glenn R. George, Hans-Martin Ihle, and Miura Wataru

This is the first in a series of three articles related to power market reform in Japan and its implications both for Japan and globally.

Illinois Approach to Regulating Distribution Utility of the Future

Annual formula rate is working to stabilize distribution ratemaking.

Ross Hemphill and Val Jensen

A lot has been said of alternative ratemaking approaches. The clearest, most direct path is what has been happening in Illinois, a success by any reasonable measure for a distribution utility.

Has Retail Choice Delivered on its Promises?

Participation rates, customers’ bills, meaningful choice

Laurence Kirsch and Mathew Morey

Retail choice might have reduced retail electricity prices if it allowed customers to escape stranded costs, but that didn’t happen.

PJM's Three-Way Proposal

A re-defined capacity product, revised parameters for generator performance, and a new role for demand response.

Bruce W. Radford

The proposal creates a new capacity product called the “Capacity Performance Resource.”

From ISO to DSO

Imagining a new construct – an independent system operator for the distribution network.

Farrokh Rahimi and Sasan Mokhtari

A new utility industry construct – the Distribution System Operator (DSO) – could help maximize the benefits of distributed energy resources.

Toward a 21st Century Grid

Producing value with advanced distribution management systems.

Nicholas Abi-Samra, et al.

Changing demands from regulators, customers, and shareholders are driving utilities toward better operational technologies to manage an increasingly complex grid. Advanced distribution management systems (ADMS) promise nearly real-time operational insight for maintaining reliability, safety, and security.

Customer First

Is the current regulatory compact in anyone’s best interests?

Charles Dickerson, Darren Brady, and Jamie Wimberly

Serving customers’ needs should be a top priority for power companies, irrespective of the regulatory construct and business model. Transformation doesn’t change this basic fact, but how do we break the model without breaking the system?

Reinventing the Grid

How to find a future that works.

Michael T. Burr

The traditional central-station grid is evolving toward a more distributed architecture, accommodating a variety of resources spread out across the network. An open and thoughtful planning approach will allow an orderly transition to an integrated system – while fostering innovation among a wider range of industry players.

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