Commentary

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    Sep 05, 2003 | Kevin Williams
    In response to my EnergyPulse article “Balkanization Powers ‘Win-Win’ Acquisitions of Electric Cooperatives,” Mr. Glenn English, head of the powerful National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (“NRECA”), accused me, somewhat shrilly, of a variety of failings in his EnergyPulse article.
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    Sep 03, 2003 | John Hanger
    Thanks to last Thursday's blackout, a political circus has arrived in town. This circus is short on animal acts but long on clowns. Politicians are grandstanding, and the blackout is being used to advance all manner of causes.
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    Sep 03, 2003 | Thomas Casten
    I have been on vacation, building and researching bread ovens, during the week of the worst yet power outage. (Sadly, more outages will follow, as the wires are thoroughly congested.) This has produced a unique insight and way to describe the situation. I think history has repeated itself, but you be the judge.
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    Sep 02, 2003 | Marc Tannenbaum
    Deregulated, restructured – call it what you want. You are no longer in the same game with the same rules, and the regulatory referees are not monitoring the game like they used to. In order to attract and retain customers, the old rules of thumb and routine performance measurements are not enough to grow your business and secure market share.
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    Aug 28, 2003 | Kevin Williams
    When a prospective client asks me if a particular coop can be acquired, my advice is "be sure you ask the right question." That advice is based on a solid experiential foundation.
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    Aug 28, 2003 | Glenn English
    More than 36 million Americans receive reliable, affordable service from electric cooperatives. They are, according to a decade's worth of research, the nation's most loyal and satisfied electricity consumers. Co-op members take comfort in the knowledge that their utility is managed and operated by members of their own community neighbors, whose ultimate goal is to provide exceptional service at the lowest reasonable cost.
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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.