Texas wins raves from the big players for its rules and systems, but the small consumer, as in other states, sees little reason to switch.
Six months into the opening of the restructured Texas electric market, industry players are generally pleased with the results, but the jury is still out, as the state's vaunted system design has shown some cracks, and consumers still see little reason to switch their energy supplier.
On the virtues and vices of ICAP, ACAP, FTRs, hubs, flowgates, DAMs, and gaming.
Retail energy markets entail a unique set of risk management challenges.
Taking a different view on merchant development.
An analysis of the business opportunities behind coal and nuclear plant expansion.
Electric power industry trade publications and the popular media have noted a growing interest in the rebirth of both nuclear power and coal-fired generation. These technologies would be a supplement to, or an alternative to, the natural gas fired generation that appears to be the predominant fuel and technology for new power generation facilities in the coming decade.
IPPs and other stakeholders long have called for standards, but this time, the FERC just might oblige.
"Certain transmission owners ... have impeded the interconnection process and, thereby, new generation construction."
"Many transmission providers also refuse to offer network transmission service to merchant generators ... ."
Wind Power: Poised for Take Off?
A survey of projects and economics.
The amount of electricity generated from wind in the U.S. is expected to surge this year - owing in large part to hydropower shortages out West, natural gas price volatility across the country, and high capacity factors for wind turbines, which help to offset the intermittent nature of wind energy generation.
1 See "" by Energy Ventures Analysis Inc. www.evainc.com
2 See "", published in June 2000 by PJM's Market Monitoring Unit, p. 2. In the year 2000, in five NERC power regions, natural gas represented more than 10 percent of total generation: ERCOT 53.3 percent, SPP 28.4 percent, NPCC (NY/NE) 25.6 percent, Florida (FRCC) 23.8 percent and WSCC 21.8 percent. In PJM only 8.7 percent of generation was gas-fired. Source: Form 759 and 900 data as complied by EVA, Inc.
3 , April 24, 2001, p. A-21.