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ELP Volume 78 Issue 9

Utilities, consumers racing to rack up renewables

God, it seems, is keen on green power. The Episcopal Church opted to use renewables at its general convention in Denver this summer.

Tech Notes

A three-story, 140 room La Quinta Inn and Suites north of the Dallas/Ft. Worth airport has become what is believed to be the first hotel in the nation to install a microturbine to generate its own electricity. During the trial run of what is a one-year test program between La Quinta and TXU Energy Services, the microturbine enabled the hotel to cut its peak demand on the grid by 63 percent. The 75 kw Honeywell microturbine uses natural gas and operates during periods when it can generate electri

TOP 82 IOUs FINANCIAL RANKINGS:Mergers pare down players; revenues climb while dividend growth rates...

Mergers continue to shorten the list of utility holding companies while total revenues keep climbing. This year's rankings, shown in Table 1, included 82 companies (down from last year's 91). Enron Corp. holds on to the number one position with total revenues of $40 billion, a 29 percent increase over last year.

Puget Sound Energy scores high in service quality while positioning for solid growth

Puget Sound Energy's (PSE) future looks bright. It is one of the lowest cost combined electric/gas companies in the United States in 2000.

Introducing PennWell’s APC

PennWell Corp., parent company of EL&P, has acquired the American Power Conference (APC) from Chicago's Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).

IT Bits

American Electric Power (AEP), Carolina Power & Light (CPL), Duke Energy and Unicom Corp. plan to launch an independent, Internet-based electric transmission business-to-business exchange that offers a single portal for arranging transmission capacity. The transmission exchange will be open for use by any group in the energy industry, including power marketers, merchant generators, electric utilities, municipalities, electric cooperatives and energy aggregators. Customers may also include IS

Brush up your Web sphere

The CES International, Convergent Group teleconference of July 20th worked to get one major point across to utilities: make friends with the Web.

Making money & taking names: Aquila unveils new trading floor, reveals broadband push

Amid much Kansas City-bred hoopla and press paparazzi, Aquila Energy Inc. unveiled its spacious new 22,000-square-foot trading floor last month, along with ambitious plans for growth in e-business and broadband trading.

Exchange Notes

Weather Services International (WSI) and Energy Security Analysis Inc. (ESAI) are debuting new decision-support services explicitly for energy traders. The Web-based subscription services, Energycast PowerTrader and GasTrader, integrate with WSI's meteorology technology with ESAI's analytics to give traders information to optimize investments and ensure power availability to consumers. According to Ed Krapels, ESAI's director of natural gas and power markets, "One study showed an ind

NEW PRODUCTS AND LITERATURE

Arc-resistant switchgear, available in ratings from 4.16 to 34.5 kV, are supplied with sturdy hinged pressure-relief flaps on the roof that open fully in eight milliseconds to relieve overpressure within the gear. The doors of the gear have specially strengthened hinges to resist the release of gases and include double gaskets providing sealing from internal overpressure. A rear chimney vent allows for air to circulate through the bays during normal operation.