Commentary

  • Aug 14, 2003 | Richard Baxter
    Energy storage technologies are emerging as promising solutions to many of the most intractable transmission and distribution issues today. As the electrical industry gears up to power the US economy out of recession, many of the volatility and uncertainty issues facing the electricity market will reemerge—making leaders in the field aware that the industry lacks something that other commodity markets have: the flexibility, security, and reliability provided by storage.
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    Aug 14, 2003 | Ian Jones
    Wind power has been all over the newspapers of late, and it's not just because Sen. Edward Kennedy wants to keep the offshore windmills out of his Cape Cod backyard. With the wind power tax credit due to expire at the end of this year and state mandates for renewables portfolios on the rise, a recent series of studies makes it clear that the renewable development gold rush is underway.
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    Aug 12, 2003 | Cameron Burns
    Last year, an English computer enthusiast who uses the online alias Trubador pulled his PC apart, removed the fans, attached a bundle of coins to the top of the Athlon XP1500+ chip (to act as a heatsink), and turned the machine on.
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    Aug 12, 2003 | Roger Feldman
    Having beat a strategic retreat from its Standard Market Design forward position on uniform national market operations criteria, FERC now has fallen back to the Market-Based Rates Regulation (“MBR”) line, defending the partially-built citadel of deregulated power competition on its own turf.
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    Aug 11, 2003 | Erik Twohig
    Watching the evolution of electricity restructuring around the world has highlighted one of the main differences between Canada and other countries. Canada has no Federal Government oversight nor co-ordination mechanism relating to electricity. In Canada, electricity is a Provincial jurisdiction wherein each of the 13 Provinces and Territories have responsibility for the regulation of their electricity systems.
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    Aug 08, 2003 | Scott Rouse
    The marketplace is quick to adapt, and astute customers are searching out best practices to increase their competitive advantage in a market that is becoming increasingly deregulated. In many jurisdictions where markets have opened, energy prices are changing so rapidly that traditional energy management practices are no longer adequate.
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    Aug 07, 2003 | John Hanger
    Rate caps and stranded cost recovery – 2 large government interferences in the pricing of electricity – will end in nearly all states between now and 2010. Both measures have distorted the retail price of electricity, with stranded cost recovery raising rates above competitive levels.
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    Aug 04, 2003 | David Glover
    Our Special Topic this month is a snapshot of CEO's outlook for clean energy for power generation in North America over the next ten years. For this purpose, "power generation" refers to electricity produced by utilities as well as power produced on-site by end users.
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    Aug 01, 2003 | Kasper Walet
    The Bunde –Oude region on the German-Dutch border has the best trump cards for becoming the Henry Hub of Europe, according to a survey among European gas experts conducted by Maycroft Consultancy Services. That is to say, if the parties active in that region seize the opportunities and the current Hub operators merge to one. Otherwise, there are other good candidates to become the market place or hub that will be the benchmark for the European gas trade.
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    Jul 31, 2003 | Gal Luft
    While the Department of Defense tries to stabilize Iraq, home of the world's second largest oil reserve, the Department of Energy has recently brought us remarkable news: the world second largest reserve with 50 percent more oil than Iraq is actually not in the Middle East but across the border in the province of Alberta, Canada. How come?