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ELP Volume 79 Issue 3

State of Deregulation: Illinois resting comfortably at halfway point though questions remain

Nicor Energy's (an alternative retail supplier) company Web site screams competition.


Artist Tom Copella paints a mural to cover two sides of the Kissimmee Utility Authority's Roy E. Hansel power plant on the western shore of Lake Tohopekaliga in Kissimmee, Fla. The 3,600-square foot mural features the steamboat history of the lakefront, and Copella expects to complete it in April. Photo courtesy of Kissimmee Util-ity Authority.

Murkowski bill proposes electricity industry reforms

Sen. Frank Murkowski (R-Alaska), the Energy and Natural Resources Committee chairman, plans to introduce legislation to reduce imported U.S. oil dependency from the current 56 percent to less than 50 percent by 2011.

Operator training goes the distance with Internet program

As the industry looks ahead to the prospect of power plant operator shortages in the next decade, Bismarck State College (BSC) in Bismarck, N.D., is ramping up its offerings in order to provide solid education for this unique, but growing, niche.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Pennsylvania benefited from California’s early foray into deregulation

In hindsight, it's easy to look good in Pennsylvania when comparing us to rolling blackouts and the threat of bankrupt utilities brought about by deregulation in California. But in 1996 when Pennsylvania's utilities sat down with a group of interested parties as widely divergent as one could imagine, it was not so clear.

A new kind of California Gold Rush

There's a flurry of activity in California revolving around collecting that which is due. Time is running out; patience is wearing thin. And, summer will soon bring new waves of heat most likely accompanied by new waves of power shortages.

IT Bits

Logica has been awarded a multimillion dollar contract by WPS Resources Corp., to implement an integrated work management information system (WMIS) for its utility operating units. This contract includes a three-year software maintenance program covering the work management application.

Internet EDI and partnerships ensure quick ROI

Utility industry deregulation coupled with the new markets from the unbundling of services has created competition where none existed. In the general business market the rapid growth of electronic commerce has led companies to investigate the Internet as a way to gain a tactical advantage in the new economy.

Con Edison deploys data visualization technology

Con Edison, a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison Inc., has deployed a Web-based data management system using OpenViz data visualization technology from Advanced Visual Systems Inc. (AVS).

Integrated trading systems reduce uncertainty, ensure good business decisions

When it comes to energy trading, an electron is an electron, a molecule is a molecule, there are few brand-name loyalties, and the best price wins.