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ELP Volume 80 Issue 6

Primer on transmission: AC vs. DC

The AC vs. DC question has been around since the earliest days of electric power, going back to that golden era when Edison and Westinghouse duked it out-verbally, of course-over the issue. (Edison liked DC; Westinghouse favored AC.)

Asset sales: Decade-long sellers’ market may be nearing end

Data on power project sales during 2001 show a major shift in market activity. Utility divestitures have slowed. Many power projects auctioned by utilities in the last few years have sold again, and early data on sales to date during 2002 indicate that this will also be a busy year for selling and buying domestic U.S. generating assets.

Passage of Senate bill means time to reconcile

In late April, the U.S. Senate finally passed its own version of an energy bill. (The House had done so last August.)

Credibility in jeopardy

Category: Embarrassing Marketing blurbs. For $500: Reliant's last straw that broke the credibility camel's back. Answer: "What is 'electricity from people you can trust'?"


GE releases SCADA software

Study says e-procurement brings savings

Companies transforming their supply management practices via e-procurement technology stand to realize savings 13 times greater than their investments in the technology and associated implementation and change management.

Web-enabling the nuclear plant

Web technology, with its ability to allow seamless transactions between dissimilar systems and apply technology like wireless communication, is making business processes far more flexible and efficient than ever before.

Vision 21 partial gasification module moves to pilot plant testing phase

Foster Wheeler Development Corporation is working under a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) contract to develop a partial gasification module (PGM) that represents a critical element of several potential coal-fired Vision 21 plants.

Your money or your life: Things you didn’t know to ask about AMR contracts

Many of the best-managed utilities in the U.S. are concluding that they cannot afford not to acquire a pervasive AMR capability.

Data: Your secret weapon

The logic behind deregulation is not hard to grasp: open the utility industry to competition, and improvements in efficiency, responsiveness, and price will naturally follow.