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ELP Volume 78 Issue 6
For many utilities, deregulation has resulted in reduced manpower, less experienced manpower, lower maintenance budgets, lower capital budgets and less conservative loading practices. All of these changes will most likely negatively impact distribution system reliability.
Avista Utilities is the "old-timer" among the Avista Corp. subsidiaries, having been in the business for 111 years. In comparison, its sister businesses are recent newcomers, and Avista Corp.'s transformation from a traditional utility company has required change and repositioning throughout the organization.
FirstEnergy will begin a commercial demonstration of air emission reduction technology designed to cut emission of nitrogen oxide (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SO2), fine particulate matter, mercury and other substances at the company's Eastlake Generating Plant in Eastlake, Ohio.
When one leaves a job, there's a natural urge to stride into the boss's office on the last day and say, "Boss, let me tell you what I really think of you!" This is followed by a litany of insults and criticisms the likes of which haven't been heard since Kevin Costner's last film.
Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) announced a voluntary pilot program that will automatically pay its customers if it fails to live up to its commitment to reduce electric service interruptions, provide faster service restoration when outages do occur and deliver better communication with customers and governmental bodies about service-related issues.
In truth, this is the science airline passengers love to hate. Passengers hate to have to comprehend the complexities of 50,000 fares; airlines love to watch as their revenues skyrocket with optimally priced seats on filled-to-the-brim flights.
No longer is it the traditional energy industry competitor who will use technology to gun for your piece of the e-commerce pie. The new threat on the e-energy horizon comes from dot.com companies who are fast-footing their way into every market niche and cranny.
Precious few-if any-of us will be active in the electric utility industry in 2050, when solar power may be viable in central-station generation applications.
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