Fortnightly Magazine - June 2017

Industry Sage David Owens Retires

Honoring Him with Our First PUF’s Owen Young Award

Owens has been the industry’s debater-in-chief. This month, uncharacteristically, he’s decided to put down the mic for good.

David Owens Makes His Mark

First Recipient of PUF’s Owen Young Award

Owens set the stage for an industry moving into the modern era of electricity competition, smart grids and fuel diversity. Kudos by Tom Kuhn, Jim Laurito, Hilda Pinnix-Ragland, Kevin Fitzgerald, Ralph Cavanagh, Paula Glover.

Just Two FERC Commissioners

We sat down with chair Cheryl LaFleur and commissioner Colette Honorable as their extraordinary time as the only members of the FERC continues.

Since early February 2017, FERC has faced an unprecedented freeze of certain major agenda items when one of its three remaining commissioners resigned, leaving just two. The agency usually has five commissioners, and typically needs a quorum of at least three to approve certain projects. FERC has never been in a situation in which it had just two commissioners until this year.

Energy People: Rudy Wynter

Oversees T&G investments at National Grid

Rudy Wynter oversees electric transmission and generation, liquefied natural gas storage, and gas transmission pipeline investments at National Grid. With over 25 years of experience in the utility sector, Wynter has held positions in customer operations, strategic planning, engineering, and operations.

Seeking Answers Down Under

Australian Fact-Finding Trip

For many utilities in Australia, a 25% solar penetration rate is now business as usual. But utilities have also missed opportunities to shape policy on key grid modernization initiatives, such as the rollout of smart or advanced meters.

Energy People: Jane Lewis-Raymond

A Partner, Parker Poe LLP

Jane Lewis-Raymond is a partner in Parker Poe's Charlotte office, practicing with the firm's Public Company Growth & Compliance and Energy groups. She has over 25 years of legal experience, including a decade as general counsel and chief compliance officer of a publicly traded company, Piedmont Natural Gas.

EPRI Podcast: Advanced Coal and Fossil CCS

Options for the Future

Is coal dead? No, but it's facing an uphill battle in the U.S., according to EPRI's Jeff Phillips, senior program manager for advanced fossil generation. And so began a thought-provoking conversation about where we are today, and the innovation needed to make fossil fuels relevant in the future.

Shareholder Activism: Coming to a Utility Near You?

Leadership Lyceum Podcast: A Conversation with Chris Young, Managing Director and Head of the Contested Situations Group at Credit Suisse

Linquist spoke about shareholder activism with Chris Young, a lawyer who moved into investment banking in the technology sector. Young spent six years at Institutional Shareholder Services. Chris joined Credit Suisse seven years ago and leads the Contested Situations Group.