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ELP Volume 81 Issue 9

Shareholders vs. ratepayers— who foots the bill for reliability?

New Jersey electric customers had an interesting summer, to say the least. Yes, they were in the dark along with much of the Northeast on August 14, but that didn't seem to raise their ire nearly as much as certain other utility-related matters did.

IT case study: Maintaining the billing process in a M&A environment

While many companies have undergone mergers and acquisitions to increase growth and market share, there is often inadequate consideration and planning...

IT/CS BRIEFS

PAR3, ORCOM from alliance: ORCOM, a provider of outsourced customer care and billing services, has joined the PAR3 Alliance Network via a strategic reseller alliance. ORCOM will offer utilities PAR3's automated multi-channel customer communication solution as an integrated part of its current customer care and billing services.

Industry votes to approve NERC cyber security standard

The electric industry has voted to approve a cyber security standard that will help to ensure the continued reliability of North American bulk electric systems...

Growing concerns about EMF?

Electric and magnetic fields (EMF) health claims are once again being raised by opponents of new lines and substations. In the last 12 months, there has been opposition to new facilities...

Steel poles help electrify Great White North

Valmont Industries Inc. recently completed the design and construction of 530 steel structures for a 230-kilovolt transmission line from Fairbanks to Healy, Alaska...

This month online…

A perennial "hot topic" seems to be repeal of the Public Utility Holding Company Act.

Mixed results in slow financial recovery of 2002 Strategy changes poise companies to pick...

Wishes for a speedy financial recovery may have gone unheeded, but all indications suggest an optimistic prognosis for continued recovery—albeit slow.

Nuclear power plants are vital for energy diversity, clean air

Within hours of adjourning for its summer recess, the U.S. Senate passed comprehensive energy policy legislation that includes a number of nuclear energy-related provisions.

Nevada residents resigned to Yucca Mountain

A recent Nuclear Energy Institute-sponsored survey on the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project shows that voters believe the region is increasingly on the wrong track...