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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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Apr 09, 2017 to Apr 12, 2017
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May 02, 2017 to May 05, 2017
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May 21, 2017 to May 23, 2017
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Energy People: Ken Gerling

We talked with Ken Gerling, vice president of transmission projects at Burns & McDonnell.

Ken Gerling, with Steve Mitnick

During his twenty-five-years at Burns & McDonnell, Ken Gerling has managed transmission projects with capital costs of nearly two billion dollars, and led teams with as many as three hundred and fifty members.

Nuclear Life Extension

Deciding whether to go forward with a second license renewal.

Lee Williams

A majority of nuclear power plant operators already have received operating license renewals – to operate their plants for 20 years beyond the 40 years outlined in their initial operating licenses. As utilities decide whether or not to invest in license renewal, they must consider three key questions.

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.”

Playing Safe with Capacity Markets

PJM would minimize risk, but so did regulation.

David K. Bellman

Changes envisioned by PJM call for ever more structured markets, further reducing the scope of the competitive landscape from which RTOs arose. They may produce a system that is actually more costly and less innovative than regulation.

Reliable But Costly

Recent trends in distribution line undergrounding.

William Atkinson

Utility distribution lines increasingly are going underground, but costs are still prohibitive for replacing existing overhead lines.

Wireless Sensor Technology

Equipment health monitoring for the modern utility.

Ramesh (“Rudy”) Shankar

Wireless sensors open new, novel applications for utilities, replacing expensive cabling network options to sense incipient equipment failures.

Taking Digital to Scale

Eight key ‘plays’ to alter how work is managed and performed.

Greg Bolino and Jack Azagury

Adopting digital capabilities to transform operations and processes holds immense promise for utilities. Indeed, it’s the best path to growth.

Next-Gen Nuclear

Tomorrow’s options for low-carbon baseload generation.

John A. Bewick

The nuclear renaissance might be postponed, but technologies continue advancing. The next generation of plants will apply innovation for safety, efficiency, and modularity.

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.

Appendix: Opening the Black Box

  

Charles D. Feinstein and Jonathan A. Lesser

Appendix:

Mathematical Structure of the Methodology

In this appendix to “Opening the Black Box,” (Fortnightly, January 2014), we briefly describe the basic components of the models for managing aging assets: how to represent the condition of such assets and the outcome of replacement, maintenance, and testing decisions.  

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