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ELP Volume 84 Issue 3

spark spreads, marginal costs and long-term reliability

It is tempting to conclude, based on the published spark spreads for natural gas-fired generators, that the owners of nuclear and coal-fired generating facilities must be making windfall profits in the power markets and that regulators must now take action to protect consumers.

managing vegetation: with the public in mind

Few electric utilities can claim they’ve never run into the buzz saw of public disapproval powered by tree trimming troubles.

pearl street pilgrimage

I’m not going to write about Enron. I promise.

AEP: committed to coal and the environment: Mike Morris, chairman, president and CEO of...

Michael G. Morris, chairman, president and CEO of American Electric Power, doesn’t waste time getting to the point.

the aging workforce challenge

How do we prevent decades of supervisory experience from simply walking out the door? How do we choose our next generation of supervisors from within our workforce? And how do we prepare people to make a rapid and successful transition to the supervisory role?

knowledge drain will hit utilities hard

The first wave of the 76 million so-called “baby boomers” will turn 60 this year, and a renewed sense of urgency over the graying of our workforce is washing over the business world.

wind & hydro: a match made in heaven?

One of the most enduring criticisms of wind power is the inherent variability of the generation source and its accompanying requirements for ancillary services and backup power.

wind interconnection: bridging the divide

Project developers and grid operators have a history of battling over the benefits and process of integrating alternative energy into the transmission grid.

renewable energy: a green power boom

The news wires are humming with renewable energy deals, and, with states representing more than 40 percent of U.

understanding fleet optimization

The economics of power generation have chang-ed. Utilities are being challenged to reevaluate their unit operations and dispatching strategies to take advantage of new market scenarios.