EnergyBiz Magazine Spring 2015
In This Issue
  • the "Never Mind" Saga
    Switching from Coal to Natural Gas
    BY JOE NIPPERREMEMBER EMILY LITELLA on Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update" segment in the late 1970s? She shared her opinion on popular news issues of the day, which she always got wrong. Litella commented on "violins (not violence) on television" or "the deaf (not death) penalty." When the host interrupted her and said she had misheard, Litella looked up, stared at the camera and squeaked, "...
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  • CONSUMERS, CONVERGENCE AND CHANGE
    The State of State Regulation
    BY LISA EDGARONE OF MY FAVORITE quotes comes from tennis great Billie Jean King: "Pressure is a privilege - it's what you do with it that counts." When I think of the challenges facing the regulated electricity sector, I am reminded of this quote and how it applies directly to the work we do. Whether it is ensuring the safe and reliable operation of the nation's utility system or determining how...
  • Realizing CHP’s Full Potential
    WITH AN EYE to improving energy efficiency in the United States and lowering greenhouse gas emissions, the White House has set a goal of increasing the installed capacity of combined heat and power (CHP) systems from 80 gigawatts to 120 gigawatts by 2020. In order for this ambitious goal of enhancing CHP capacity by 50 percent in five years to be fully realized, utilities must reverse their...
  • A Sit-down with LPPC's First President
    BY PAUL KORZENIOWSKIJOHN DI STASIO'S DISTINGUISHED career with Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) began in 1981. He served as the assistant general manager of energy delivery and customer services, director of distribution services and manager of supply chain services before becoming general manager and CEO in June 2008. Upon his retirement from SMUD in the spring of 2014, DI STASIO:...
  • Cybersecurity Challenges for State Utility Regulators
    THE UNITED STATES’ critical infrastructure sectors face the risk of frequent cyberattacks with potential effects that could damage vital systems, expose customer information to theft or severely limit essential safety activities. “A Summary of State Regulators’ Responsibilities Regarding Cybersecurity Issues,” a report by the National Regulatory Research Institute, studied cybersecurity...
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  • LOW INCOME POPULATION SUBSIDIZES OTHERS
    Net Metering Impacts
    THE U.S. HISPANIC Chamber of Commerce held its national convention in Salt Lake City this fall. As the largest gathering of Hispanic business leaders in the country, it got me thinking about our community's economic and cultural strength and how to ensure Hispanics remain an economic force in America. For example, Hispanic-owned businesses have nearly doubled to over 3 million in the last decade...
  • Crowdsourcing Energy Data Innovation
    A LITTLE OVER a year ago, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced the launch of the American Energy Data Challenge. The challenge would consist of a series of four contests that combine open data and energy innovation and draw on the creativity of the American public in multiple ways. Our goals were simple: to increase the value of the vast public data sets held in trust by the U.S....
  • THE CHANGING FACE
    Utility Mergers and Acquisitions
    THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS have highlighted the revival of utility industry consolidation. In the electric and gas sectors, transaction announcements again captured headlines; many created ripples of surprise when the transaction parties - particularly the acquirers - were identified. Although serious consolidation has been occurring since the mid-1990s, transactions always cause the industry to take...
  • A Postcard from the Future?
    By John ColeHAWAII IS UNDERGOING an energy transformation that has been described as a postcard from the future, and many people are working hard to ensure that the postcard comes from a healthy, prosperous future, rather than from someplace people would prefer to avoid. With abundant renewable resources and the highest energy prices in the United States, Hawaii's renewable energy scene offers...
  • How Low Oil Prices Affect Power Gen Planning
    THE APPROPRIATE TIMING, technology and location for new generating resources are mired in complexity. Owners must consider financial implications, relative economic performance and technology risks along with pending and future regulatory environments, evolving energy markets and infrastructure changes that may occur over a multiple-decade planning period. Unfortunately, though, economic success...