Oct. 7, 2003 — The November issue of Electric Light & Power will include an exclusive industry report with utility operating performance rankings.
Industry report: EL&P’s exclusive utility operating performance rankings
In one of our most sought-after reports, we rank coal- and natural gas-fired and nuclear generation by MWh generated, heat rate, capacity factor, emissions and more. Our accompanying analysis makes sense of the numbers within the context of today’s trends in generation.
News: Retail competition in Nevada
EL&P’s associate editor Kathleen Davis takes a closer look at the moves made by large power customers, including casino companies MGM Mirage, Station Casinos and the Monte Carlo. They’ve opted to buy power from Sempra Energy and Coral Power, an affiliate of Shell Oil. She’ll explore their decisions and find out if the hoped for benefits were realized. She’ll also talk with Nevada Power about the effects of this significant exit of users.
Electric & gas trading: Portfolio management
This article examines utilities’ management of their generation portfolios. Over the last few years, many utilities have expanded their generation “mix” to include a variety of generation sources, including renewables, natural gas- and coal-fired sources. How successfully are utilities capturing the benefits of their generation mix?
Finance: Merchant investment
The merchant generation building boom may be over, but what role does the merchant developer/owner play today? EL&P takes a look at the current state of this important player in development of new generation. We’ll identify the merchants left standing, projects in progress, and we’ll look ahead to future prospects as demand catches up with the boom.
Information technology/customer systems: Reliability & outage management
Silent commerce, or the use of microprocessors, sensors, radio frequency identification and other computerized instruments, is an emerging trend that could bring vast efficiencies to the utilities industry. Silent commerce creates and captures value by deploying intelligent, interactive objects and machines that communicate with one another without human intervention. Utilities can take advantage of these technologies to increase safety, boost productivity, simplify compliance and reduce downtime.
Generation: Combined heat & power
This year alone, EPA is working with partner organizations to implement more than 400 MW of CHP projects, which is enough power to meet the electricity needs of more than 400,000 homes in the U.S. a year. We’ll take a look at one of those partners and its plans for 36 onsite generation systems around the country, comprising a 50 MW portfolio by the end of the year.
Transmission & distribution: Substations
Substation transformer risk and asset management is the topic of this article. Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Co. predicts substation transformer failures will rise about 500 percent within 10 years as many of the units installed in the 1950s and 1960s exceed their expected operational life cycles. Often, the purchase of new transformers is out of the financial reach of a company. One alternative may be retrofilling of transformers with ester-based fire-resistant dielectric coolants.
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