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ELP Volume 80 Issue 2

Time to get serious about time-of-use rates

Product and service prices that vary by time of use (TOU) are neither new to the electricity industry nor uncommon in everyday life. Examples include telephone service, air travel, theater tickets and parking.

Companies on the prowl for IT security

Nobody wants to talk about insurance, but they want to minimize risk. Paying for information security, like buying insurance, is not feeding a cash cow. But returns come in the form of cost avoidance, sound strategy, and heightened awareness.

Liars and cheaters revisited

They like to do things BIG in Texas, and Enron isn't about to disappoint anyone.

Letters

I just read your commentary [Cognitive Restructuring] in the December 2001 issue of EL&P. All I can say is, "Knock 'em on their butts!"

IT Briefs

In an effort to accelerate delivery time on software projects, CES International, developer of operations management software for utilities, partnered with India-based Krohm Solutions, a utility-focused, software services company with offshore operations.

Technology redefines a mature market through convergence

The utilities industry is in the throes of converging into a structure in which single source utility and infrastructure providers will offer better quality products and services, faster implementation and an overall lower cost of delivery.

Tech Briefs

Electro Industries/GaugeTech, a strategic partner of General Electric, has introduced the DMMS 350 three-phase power meter with built in Ethernet LAN connectivity. The meter provides access to all voltage, current and power valves and reports information using Modbus TCP/IP protocol.

DG and ride-through technologies could solve grid reliability problems

The grid is 99.9 percent reliable, which sounds fabulous. Yet, it leaves almost nine hours of downtime per year that end users must contend with, and, for some industries, it can be a hardship. There are, however, a number of options available to deal with the grid's ups and downs.

Predicting the market potential for distributed generation

In the current environment of increasing deregulation, the expansion potential of distributed generation (DG) systems is quite substantial. However, the spread of DG will vary substantially by region and technology.

California, Pennsylvania deregulation falls into legal limbo

The headlines have been screaming for over a year about the pros and cons of deregulation, and no two states have held more symbolic positions in that debate than Pennsylvania and California-the alpha and omega of electric restructuring.