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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. Interviews with Tom Fanning and Bob Flexon are available, as well as one with Joe Rigby, Bob Skaggs and Les Silverman.

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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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FERC

Pay-As-Bid Revisited

Many see a higher cap as a windfall for nuclear and coal.

Bruce W. Radford

FERC’s new rulemaking proposal would allow generators to tender supply bids higher than $1,000 per megawatt-hour, if it really costs that much to buy fuel to generate power. Some opponents say that may be OK for gas-fired turbines, but it’s not needed for nuclear or coal-fired plants.

Topping the $1k Cap

Still Beyond the Pale?

Bruce W. Radford

Two decades into our grand experiment with wholesale power markets and we’re still debating the need for a cap on prices.

Energy People: Tony Clark

We talked with FERC Commissioner Tony Clark, who has said he will not seek a second term.

Tony Clark, with Pat McMurray

Commissioner Clark is serving his first term at FERC and formerly served as a member of the North Dakota Public Service Commission. He was interviewed by Pat McMurray, who has a long background in the energy business.

Order 745: A Time Bomb for Electricity Consumers

One of the worst orders FERC has ever produced

Robert Borlick

Order 745 overcompensates demand response, unduly discriminates against wholesale suppliers, sanctions and institutionally enforces the exercise of monopsony market power, and will ultimately raise electricity prices.

Chasing the Uncatchable

Why trying to fix mandatory capacity markets is like trying to win a game of Whack-A-Mole (Parts I & II)

Delia D. Patterson and Harvey L. Reiter

FERC has little to show for more than a decade of tinkering with mandatory capacity markets.

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.

Remarkable Energy Careers: Jim Fama

We talked with Jim Fama, retiring and on his last day at EEI, about his remarkable career.

Jim Fama, with Steve Mitnick

Jim Fama was the Edison Electric Institute’s vice president for energy delivery since 2002.

Energy Policy Development Potential New Paradigm, and a Challenge

Towards a consensus-based outline of how technological advances can be encouraged and risk-managed.

Tom Sloan

We need to more seriously and collaboratively explore concepts across stakeholder groups, to gain a better understanding of different perspectives and priorities.

Federal Versus State Jurisdiction in the Electricity Business

Two back-to-back decisions by the Supreme Court in 2016 will fundamentally redefine the jurisdictional split.

Craig Roach and Vincent Musco

If the Supreme Court holds to the principles and logic of its ruling in EPSA, it will restore states’ traditional central role in resource planning.

FPA § 203(a)(1)(B): A Deal is a Deal, No Matter How Small?

With apologies to Dr. Seuss.

Joel deJesus and Carmen Gentile

There are questions whether FERC and industry resources are being expended on matters once considered, and arguably should continue to be considered, de minimis.

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