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ELP Volume 78 Issue 7

DOE proposal boosts fuel cell funding

The U.S. Department of Energy's budget request for Fiscal Year 2001 (FY01) programs provides more than $100 million for fuel cell-related programs, including the following:

Maximize Transformer Life With Correct Monitoring – And Know What The Results Mean

Many forms of instrumentation are utilized in the operation and maintenance of the modern utility. Information is knowledge and knowledge enables us to predict and control the processes and events that shape customer satisfaction and operating costs. Instrumentation continues to become less expensive and more capable.

Once pursued, now scorned

The honeymoon's over. Customers in the Northeast and in California have recently been stung by broken promises when their chosen energy service providers (ESPs) ditched them. As is so often the case in relationships gone sour, the main point of contention was money. The downward spiral of the ESPs' ardor was inversely related to the upward spiking of wholesale power costs.

Transmission management slowly evolves; incentives remain lacking

Reliability-a topic of discussion in industry media, conferences and increasingly, even in the general public media. Generation, transmission and distribution are variously targeted as culprits or saviors, depending on the context of the debate-a debate not likely to be completed any time soon.

DTE Energy tops growth targets; leverages energy technologies and expands business portfolio

Exceeding its targeted growth rate in 1999, DTE Energy isn't complacently resting on its laurels. Its sights are set on successfully pushing into the future-striving to be one of the major energy players in the Great Lakes region.

Texas PUC appoints unprecedented watchdog for ratepayers

In an unprecedented arrangement, the Public Utility Commission (PUC) of Texas has appointed an investment banker-advisor to oversee the issuance of almost $2 billion of transition bonds by the three largest Texas utility companies-Reliant Energy, Central Power and Light Co. and TXU Electric Co. As a result, ratepayers stand to save at least $310 million.

Navigating the minefield of IPP regulatory risk

The independent power (IPP) industry faces the highest dimension of political risk, regulatory uncertainty and market challenges over the next five years. A number of key market issues (driven by patterns of regulatory change) could impact the long-term health and performance of the industry. Originally the industry was spawned by the provision of strong regulatory and tax incentives to promote successful non-utility generation and development.

Survey touts Southern Company as “crème de la crème” in customer satisfaction

The University of Michigan Business School recently released findings from its study rating the quality of goods and services in the United States with its American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), a national economic indicator of customer satisfaction.

PECO Energy & Union Fenosa shine in EEI spotlight

The Edison Award is given annually by the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) to the U.S. shareholder-owned member and international member making the most outstanding contributions to the advancement of the industry.

Bush, Gore in heated volley over energy

Once upon a time presidential hopeful Al Gore had this idea-a proposed 10-year plan, if you will. He wanted to offer tax breaks and financial assistance to power plants (and various other industries) in his potential kingdom.