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ELP Volume 77 Issue 2

EPA mercury regime risks apples-to-oranges results

Mercury made its entrance onto the emissions monitoring stage as directed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Jan. 1, 1999. The fanfare about the public`s right to know failed to mention that standardized testing of coal samples was not part of EPA`s directive. Without standardization, plant-to-plant comparisons of testing results might prove meaningless. Many in the industry think the public`s right to know should be further defined as the public`s right to know accurate, compa

NEPOOL to use market-based rates

ISO New England and the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL) received conditional approval from FERC to transact at market-based rates.

HI plans Arizona merchant:

Houston Industries Wholesale Energy Group and the city of Casa Grande, Ariz., have agreed to develop a 500 MW, gas-fired merchant power plant. Negotiations involve a 40-year sale/lease-back arrangement. The $263 million, Desert Basin Generating plant would provide power for sale in the wholesale market. Houston Industries` energy trading and marketing unit is expected to supply fuel and market output.

New Mexico halts retail pilot:

The New Mexico Supreme Court issued an order halting a retail electric competition pilot program in Albuquerque, pending a full hearing. Utility Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) requested the review on the grounds that only the state legislature, and not the state Public Utility Commission, has jurisdiction to implement retail competition.

CMS in Indian LNG JV:

An international consortium of CMS Energy, Birla Group of India, Siemens Project Ventures, Unocal and Woodside Petroleum was selected to build a 1,886 MW power plant and 2.5 million tons-per-year liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Ennore, Tamil Nadu, India.

NRG invests in NY, Calif.:

San Diego Gas & Electric selected a partnership of Dynegy Inc. of Houston and NRG Energy Inc. of Minneapolis as the winning bidder to acquire the 951 MW Encina power plant in Carlsbad, Calif. The Dynegy/NRG partnership agreed to pay $356 million for the plant and 17 peaking turbines, which represents a premium of 3.8 times book value for the assets. The Encina plant sale completes the sale of SDG&E`s fossil-fired generators.

ISO squabbling provokes FERC

As the Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO) leadership works to patch the transmission entity`s holes, others are eagerly pursuing new models for moving power through the region.

CATCHING RAYS

Involving 15 countries and hundreds of contractors, the International Space Station (ISS) gives new meaning to the phrase "high-flying, international joint venture project." Four massive solar arrays, with a square acre of coverage, will deliver most of the station`s 110 kilowatts of electricity. The arrays will be mounted to a 360 foot-long truss assembly, supported by aluminum bulkheads like the one pictured. Here, technicians complete machining the bulkhead at Boeing facilities in Huntington

Retailers, government adopt green power

So-called "green" energy sources are gaining favor among companies seeking to offer new choices and added value to customers. Some recent examples include United Airlines, BJ`s Wholesale Club, New England Electric System and UtiliCorp United. Additionally, the federal government seems likely to become a major green power customer.

Equity Office picks PG&E Energy:

PG&E Energy Services was selected by Equity Office Properties Trust, the largest publicly held owner and manager of office properties in the United States, to supply power for its facilities in California. The contract involves $50 million of power purchases over several years, and is expected to save the customer more than $1.5 million.