EnergyBiz Magazine November/December 2012
In This Issue
  • DON'T CHASE A BAD IDEA
    EnergyBiz November / December 2012: Pension Liabilities Loom
    WHEN A CITY TALKS of taking over its electric utility, it is expected that the company providing that service will not support the move. Xcel Energy does not think Boulder, Colo.'s, effort to municipalize is a good idea - and not because we fear losing customers. Instead, we believe that we can help Boulder achieve its renewable energy and emissions reduction goals faster and cheaper than the...
  • COAL PLANTS GET SECOND LIVES
    EnergyBiz November / December 2012: Pension Liabilities Loom
    AGING, INEFFICIENT AND EXPENSIVE to upgrade, the Boardman Plant could have joined dozens of similar coal-fired generating stations consigned to the scrap heap of history as its owner prepared to permanently mothball its 600 megawatts in 2020.Instead, Portland General Electric is in the middle of a grand experiment to see if the plant in eastern Oregon can be successfully converted into the world'...
  • BRIDGING INNOVATION GAPS
    EnergyBiz November / December 2012: Pension Liabilities Loom
     FOR NEARLY FOUR YEARS, the government has attempted to steer energy innovation as part of its overarching effort to end a nasty economic downturn.At the heart of that effort stands the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, ARPA-E, modeled after DARPA, where the "D" stands for Defense.Like DARPA, the highly successful Defense Department agency responsible for spurring such innovations as...
  • THE POWER GRID VERSION OF BOMB SHELTERS
    EnergyBiz November / December 2012: Pension Liabilities Loom
    PERHAPS THE MOST IMPORTANT energy story of the summer deserves revisiting.India suffered through massive blackouts that spilled across regions with a combined population about twice that of the United States.The televised images of that outage were easily compartmentalized and dismissed. Here was a far-off undeveloped country.It can't happen here.Thinking about the Indian power calamity, I...
  • DEALING WITH AGING LINES
    EnergyBiz November / December 2012: Pension Liabilities Loom
    NEW YORK STATE, the Empire State, possesses vast resources - natural, manmade and economic - that support its approximately 19.5 million residents. Among these assets is the state's electric power system. However, while forecasts indicate that New York should have sufficient power supplies for the foreseeable future, the state is confronting a serious challenge: an aging electric infrastructure....
  • A NEW HONEY POT?
    AS IF IMPLEMENTING smart grid technology didn't have enough obstacles, the Federal Communications Commission recently raised another potential hurdle when it posed the question of whether it should charge a fee - say $1 a month per smart meter - for smart grid use of the broadband spectrum.The question came as part of the FCC's effort to revamp the method of determining contributions to its...