Commentary

  • Jul 03, 2003 | Bill Opalka

    As many energy industry professionals have noted recently, Africa is experiencing something of an energy renaissance. There is no disputing the significant opportunities present, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, to oil and gas companies able to recognize the potential.

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    Jul 02, 2003 | Satish Saini
    In the past the Ontario electricity industry was regulated by government and run through a crown corporation known as Ontario Hydro. Ontario Hydro produced almost all of the power for the province, which was then purchased by the local municipal utilities and distributed to the customers. However in some of the communities private companies also existed.
  • Jul 02, 2003 | Victor Sandy
    Time and time again, credit managers deal with pressure from sales to approve new sales or expand on current credit limits. In some cases, these types of opportunities are bypassed because there is just too much risk involved. Thus, credit managers possibly save their companies from large hits, but those in the sales department only acknowledge the loss of revenues, as well as new customers.
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    Jun 30, 2003 | Joel Gordes
    Looking at the lack of retail electric markets to develop, it may be that the “wrong” people are involved in moving the products. It may be that the insurance industry is well-positioned to fill this role. The thesis that global climate change could disrupt world-wide weather patterns is not new but the potential losses it represents have drawn attention from the financial community-particularly property-casualty insurers who are subject to large damage claims if climate change occurs.
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    Jun 27, 2003 | Mary Glass
    Electric utility poles and towers have never been considered glamorous, but now they offer some welcome sparkle to utility revenues As growth in electric transmission & distribution (T&D) revenues and profits has slowed in recent years, utility executives are under increasing pressure to meet financial targets.
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    Jun 25, 2003 | Robin Z. Parker
    The U.S. Congress and the Bush Administration have challenged industry to provide the Nation with secure, clean and abundant sources of energy. Any national energy strategy must include an increase in the use of coal due to large reserves and existing coal-fired generating capacity.
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    Jun 23, 2003 | George Fyffe
    Ever heard of Willy Sutton? He was the renowned bank robber who, when asked by a reporter why he robbed banks, replied “Because that’s where the money is.”
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    Jun 20, 2003 | Gary Clouser
    The exodus of numerous oil and natural gas mega-marketers has created opportunities for smaller regional marketers and aggregators, but an information gap in market making and the dissemination of pricing information.
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    Jun 18, 2003 | Anne Keller
    I read the press release about Secretary Abraham's speech to the National Petroleum Council with great interest. It seems that we are doomed to re-live the 1970's. Let's learn from history and do a better job this time. As those who were old enough to watch the energy industry back then will remember, in the early 1950s the U.S. Supreme Court originally imposed Federal regulation over the price of natural gas sold into the interstate markets.
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    Jun 17, 2003 | Ann Peterson
    Renewable power sources and energy efficiency could meet 60 percent of the nation’s need for new electric power plants over the next 20 years, according to a November 2000 study by the U.S. Department of Energy. Although high cost and slow paybacks have long been barriers to incorporating a solar energy system, the good news is that the combined efforts of industry and the Department of Energy have reduced solar photovoltaic (PV) system costs by more than 300 percent since 1982.