Commentary

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    Jul 22, 2003 | Robin Z. Parker
    An innovative approach for efficiently capturing solar energy for power generation is under development. This approach captures solar energy via absorption into a mixture of halogen gases.
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    Jul 21, 2003 | Stephen Heins
    The Virtual Power Plant (VPP) is a new approach to solving our country's electrical energy problems by utilizing innovative products with a creative funding mechanism. The VPP provides displaced electrical capacity to the consumer and the utilities by installing energy efficient devices, which can be measured and verified.
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    Jul 18, 2003 | John Herzog
    Given the near-term shortage of natural gas, the specter of dramatically higher prices to heat homes next winter has policy makers scrambling for answers. Natural gas prices have doubled in the past year and supplies are still 29% below where they were a year ago, and 19% below the five-year average, according to Department of Energy estimates.
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    Jul 17, 2003 | Thomas Lord
    The assessment of the need for risk management strategies progresses in a logical manner from the examination of business practices and requirements for any organization.
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    Jul 17, 2003 | Mukhtar Ahmad
    Historically the development in power generation in Asia and world-wide has progressed through three significant phases since the beginning of the nineteenth century. These phases are common to every area of the world and correlate directly with the type of projects selected for development and the resources available for implementation.
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    Jul 16, 2003 | John Righeimer
    Customers’ energy budgets can get lost in a tangle of missed price opportunities and excess time spent managing a month-by-month purchasing program. At risk is the customer’s bottom line and ability to predict costs and project profits.
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    Jul 14, 2003 | Lloyd Weaver
    Whether you mine or burn coal, or engineer and install coal systems, a market leader clean-coal pressurized gasification technology is still needed more than ever today. And, despite nearly 18 years of DOE struggles and $billions spent to perfect such a technology, it doesn’t exist.
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    Jul 11, 2003 | John Hanger
    Throughout electric industry restructuring debates, a shout of “Reliability!” has been like yelling “Fire!” in a crowded movie theatre – scaring participants away from real problem solving and often resulting in higher consumer costs with little if any likelihood of improvement in reliability.
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    Jul 09, 2003 | Jeremy Martin
    There is no doubt that 2003 is a year of transition in Brazil. In early January, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and his team took office and brought a new agenda for the economic development of the country. Among the most notable is a restructuring of the country’s electric sector. Coming shortly after major supply crises, the new government without question faces the same challenges as the previous.
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    Jul 08, 2003 | John Sequeira
    Business services spending consumes a large portion of a typical utility's total non-fuel expenditures and is only expected to grow over the next decade. For 16 utilities recently surveyed by Scott, Madden, business services spending ranged from 40 percent to 76 percent of non-fuel spend.