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ELP Volume 79 Issue 5
In a country besieged by California's deregulation fallout-PG&E declares bankruptcy, SDG&E and Dynegy square off with rapid-fire, press-release finger pointing-finding a state looking forward to restructuring is rather like finding the last dodo, but Texas does seem to be rescuing deregulation from the brink of extinction.
Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) and Orlando Utilities Commission recently held a human checkers game in downtown Kissimmee; it featured 24 local dignitaries who were selected as "checkers," twelve from each city. The mayors called their moves from utility bucket trucks positioned 30 feet above the giant checkerboard, and this year St. Cloud walked away victorious. Photo courtesy of KUA.
Discussions of transmission capture attention. This was evidenced by the standing room only attendance at the T&D sessions held during PennWell's American Power Conference (APC), which took place in Chicago last month.
As the marketplace transforms, energy companies face many new challenges in the front office. Traditionally, energy companies have had separate customer information databases, complicating interaction with customers as new products emerge, older products evolve and companies consolidate.
When EMK3 launched an online petroleum marketplace early this year, oil buyers and sellers were given the opportunity to participate in an innovative "at the well" e-trading system. Natural gas traders soon asked where to click on the Web site.
Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) and NGK Insulators Ltd. developed the high-density sodium-sulfur (NAS) battery during the 1980s. As part of that development, more than 20 NAS battery demonstrations have been installed in Japan, including two 6-MW plants at TEPCO stations.
Not too long ago, America woke up and realized that it was running out of electric power. With a growth in the population, a multi-fold increase in electrical power-hungry electronics, and a long cycle of hot summers and warm winters, demands on the providers of electric power have grown almost astronomically.