December EL&P to reveal Utility of the Year

Nov. 10, 2003 — The December 2003 issue of Electric Light & Power will reveal the Utility of the Year, an award selected by the magazine’s editors. Also included in this issue is a 14-point Climate Change Governance Checklist to help companies assess their progress.

EL&P exclusive: Utility of the Year Award

EL&P’s editors select the overall investor-owned utility leader in financial performance, operating performance and competitiveness. Since 1969, EL&P has identified industry leaders with this prestigious award.

Electric & gas trading: Emissions trading–the connection between corporate governance and climate change strategies

CEOs and board directors now turn over about every 3 to 5 years, on average. By comparison, the average term of service for a fossil energy plant is 30 or 50 years, and carbon dioxide emissions reportedly last three times longer–an average of 100 years. So, long after the CEO and even the asset itself are retired, greenhouse gases emitted on their watch persist.

We’ll present a 14-point Climate Change Governance Checklist, which evaluates a company’s climate change activities associated with board oversight, management accountability, executive compensation, emissions reporting and material risk disclosure.

Finance: Insurance–minimizing the financial risk of unplanned outages

EL&P delivers the latest developments in financial products designed to provide protection against unplanned outages. We’ll examine the difference between outage protection in financial derivative form or as an insurance product and outline some of the coverage variations available on the market today.

Information systems/customer systems: Customer relationship management–what to expect in customer care in 2004

We’ll take a look at next-generation technologies, such as new Web services for customers, advances in personalized data views for customer service reps, maximizing the use of customer data buried in internal customer systems, security of cyber assets, and management of costs.

Generation: Distributed generation–on or off the grid, DG comes of age

This article explores the future of distributed generation. After the August blackout, many industry experts joined in the ballyhoo about DG as a solution to the overloaded, antiquated grid. Can it deliver on its promise? Can our grid handle it?

Transmission & distribution:

Automated meter reading–deployment expected to reach 36 percent by 2008

We’ll report on a recent survey of 100 utilities that indicated about 16.5 percent of North American meters will be equipped with an automated meter reading device by the close of the 2003 calendar year.

On-demand load profiling as an energy diagnostic tool EL&P explores real-world applications that use real-time load profiling, which allows facility engineers to monitor consumption in narrower time slices, allowing a generator to respond to the real-world demand. This can lower demand instead of causing a demand peak or exceeding a customer base line, thus preventing ratchet charges that could raise the facility’s energy costs.

The complete issue announcement is available with contact information in PDF format. To view it, click here:


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