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ELP Volume 77 Issue 10

FirstEnergy to acquire Volunteer Energy LLC:

FirstEnergy Corp. intends to acquire the retail natural gas business from Volunteer Energy LLC, a subsidiary of Williams.

HYDRO FACE-LIFT

A new stainless steel runner is being installed inside the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, Oklahoma`s oldest hydroelectric facility. The Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) is upgrading one unit per year for seven years. The total cost of the upgrade is estimated at $30 million and is expected to be a major boost to capability at the 59-year old facility. Photo courtesy of GRDA.

Amen, brother!

I just finished reading Mr. Burr`s comments concerning reliability ("It`s reliability stupid!", EL&P, August 1999).

Your commentary was perfect! The same goes for ComEd as for ConEd.

Your commentary was perfect! The same goes for ComEd as for ConEd. Both neglected their first duty: to keep the lights on and AC humming. I hope this served as a wake-up call to the industry, just as the TMI-2 accident did 10 years ago. The problem then was (and in the power distribution part of the business still is) that top management gets preoccupied with the glamourous new areas and pays for "new ventures" by trimming the budgets of the "old and routine" parts of the enterprise, doing the m

Its the market, moron!

In reference to your commentary about the American utility market, all I can say is, "It`s the market, moron!" For years REGULATED utilities-and Con Edison of New York is one of them-have had to justify all the building of all new transmission & distribution to their respective PUCs. All the while being limited to what return could be received on their investment.

New York ISO delays start

After nine days of a simulated market test, participants in the planned New York Independent System Operator (NY ISO) decided to postpone its launch until mid-October.

Holding companies rule; top 10 sell 28% of U.S. Electricity

The top 10 investor-owned utility holding companies sold about 28 percent of the electricity sold by U.S. utilities in 1998 (See Table 8, "IOU holding companies-25 largest generators").

Mobile computers add efficiency to ROW and pipeline inspections

Atangle of brush and tall tree limbs greets the Baltimore Gas & Electric (BG&E) forestry contract crew as it arrives to clear a suburban right-of-way (ROW).

Plug Power files for IPO

Plug Power Inc. filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering of its common stock. Plug Power designs and develops on-site electricity generation systems using fuel cells for residential applications.

DOE funds coal-renewable fuel

The Department of Energy will provide $5 million of the $21 million EnerTech Environmental Inc., Atlanta, needs to build a process development facility for up to 100 tons/day to illustrate its SlurryCarb process, which converts organic wastes into E-Fuel, a low-sulfur fuel supplement.