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Frontlines & Op-Ed

Response to Mitnick Re: Costs Fixed Depending on Timeframe

A response to the Editor-in-Chief column by Steve Mitnick in our July 2016 issue

Robert Borlick

Mitnick’s observation was visionary, that we are heading toward an industry that will become increasingly dominated by fixed costs. Even so, he could have gone one step further.

Legacy and Generations

We’ll Soon Hand You the Baton

Steve Mitnick

The pasts and futures of automobiles and electricity are remarkably similar. They first inspired a generation. That generation’s grandchildren associate these venerable industries with environmental despoilment and technological obsolescence.

Future Shocked

New uses for electricity doubtless on the horizon albeit unpredictable

Steve Mitnick

One vision of future power: By 2040, most households had at least one Powered Immersion room, some two or three.

Costs Fixed Depending on Timeframe

As we head towards a fixed cost electricity system

Steve Mitnick

All costs are fixed. All costs are variable. How is that possible? As Albert Einstein might say, it depends on the reference of time.

Most Influential Since 1990

Lions and luminaries who led the changes in utilities.

Steve Mitnick

Those ten individuals who had the greatest hand in molding the electric utility industry of 2016.

Response to Radford Re: EPSA Complaints at FERC on Ohio Contracts

A response to the ‘Following FERC’ column by Bruce Radford in our April 2016 issue.

John E. Shelk

The PUCO was not, and never will be, in a position to ensure terms of PPAs meet requirements of FPA.

Consumers Want What?

Rather than accept the rhetoric, let’s find out.

Steve Mitnick

What’s missing is asking consumers to consider realistic tradeoffs between two characteristics of electricity rather than the desirability of a single characteristic in isolation.

Response to Brown Re: Net Metering

A response to the letter to the editor by Ashley Brown in our February 2016 issue.

Charles Cicchetti

Is rooftop solar more like an independent power producer, subject to societal regulation and policy, such as wholesale-level regulation or retail-level resource planning? Or is the electricity that is produced a private consumer good, immune from regulation, policy, and planning?

We Made Light Free

As inexpensive as lighting was, twenty years ago, we’ve since made it close to free. Too cheap to meter?

Steve Mitnick

Will lighting drop to a tenth of residential consumption, then below? Every use of a machine, appliance, device shrunk in its significance to the household budget.

Reply to Ahmad Faruqui Re: Time-Varying Rates

A response to Dr. Faruqui’s insights regarding time-varying rates and his commentary on the Fortnightly article, “Action by Choice.”

Chris King and Bonnie Datta

Our goal is not to maximize participation in time-varying rates, but to maximize the combination of load shifting and customer satisfaction for all.