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ELP Volume 79 Issue 3
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.