Commentary

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    Aug 26, 2003 | John Hanger
    The PJM system as a whole has plenty of capacity, has reliably met record peak loads, and brought thousands of megawatts of new generation on line, all in response to price signals that are working pretty well.
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    Aug 25, 2003 | Robert Adams
    During my years at Enron, while also teaching college management classes, it continually surprised me that basic business goals were seemingly not understood by management or else they were routinely substituted by management with their own personal agendas and goals.
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    Aug 22, 2003 | Thomas Lord
    On May 27th of this year, EnergyPulse published my article on the reasons infrastructure investment lags in the electricity industry. Yesterday, the country saw the risks of infrastructure disinvestments. The critical thing is to implement the correct solution.
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    Aug 21, 2003 | Kevin Williams
    Cooperatives are enticing acquisition candidates. Located in 47 states and numbering roughly a thousand, domestic electric cooperatives have assets worth $76 billion and serve 36 million people via 2.3 million miles of distribution lines. To put that in perspective, coops own 43 percent of the wires and poles, cover 75 percent of the land mass, and serve 12 percent of the population of this country.
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    Aug 20, 2003 | Tim Huneycutt
    The vast majority of energy management activities are based on the financial impact they will have on the company. Today’s rapidly evolving energy markets are forcing enterprises to consider new ways to centrally manage the energy portfolio of the company.
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    Aug 19, 2003 | Nat Treadway
    Entrepreneurs need financial backing, and investors need information about which technologies have the potential to be tomorrow’s winners. These two communities require a credible information broker to bring them together. In established markets the capabilities of the players are well understood, but in the market for “distributed energy” (DE), the players, technologies, and services are in flux.
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    Aug 19, 2003 | Fred Starr
    When older power engineers hear about the HRSG (heat recovery steam generator) part of CCGTs, I am sure that many of them tend to dismiss this part of the plant as being “just another steam boiler”.
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    Aug 15, 2003 | Ritchie Priddy
    As the energy debate begins to heat up again over proposed legislation, it is important that our legislator step back and realize the situation we are beginning to face – a serious energy problem. A shortage? Possibly – in the future. A lack of confidence? Certainly. Which is worse? That depends on whom you listen to.
  • 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.