An improved definition of heating and cooling degree-days for power markets.
Anyone who owns an air conditioner and pays an electric bill knows that weather drives demand for electricity, but quantifying the relationship between weather and electricity demand isn't easy. Was last winter severely cold? Winters are always cold. If it really was cold, exactly how cold was it?
San Diego Gas & Electric
Some want to cut costs, others to improve service.
Uncertain economic times have always moved companies to find ways to cut costs. Utilities and energy companies are no different. They have turned to automated meter reading (AMR) during the past years in increasing numbers.
But many technology experts disagree on strategy: should utilities go high-tech or low-tech on AMR?
July 1, 2001
L.A. Loves a Loophole
There's no getting around itprice caps aren't for everyone.
FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION
OFFICE OF THE GENERAL COUNSEL
MAY 25, 2001
June 1, 2001
Dear ISO: Why Me?
The city utility in Vernon, California thought it had bought plenty of power, but then got blacked out anyway.
March 19, 2001
Dear Mr. Winter:
High profit potential will attract new power plants, forcing prices down and stranding the state's long-term electricity purchases.
Let's consider three questions crucial to California's energy crisis and its plans for solution.
For the utility, wresting its assets from PUC control is the real point.
Gas & Electric Co.'s 17-month-old proposal to divest its hydro assets via auction likely is dead, a casualty of California's ongoing energy market turmoil. Despite this reality, the utility's auction proposal remained active at the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) as of press time in mid-January, even as the governor and state legislature held emergency meetings amid rolling blackouts.