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ELP Volume 91 Issue 5

Demand response in EPA MATS era bridges the coal-to-gas gap

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized standards in December 2011 that set higher limits on emissions of hazardous air pollutants from existing and new coal-and oil-fired electric generation resources.

Measuring the customer outage experience

For 2013, this column has been dedicated to the discussion on how utilities can enhance outage communications.

Bosses of the electric grid should pay attention to the gridiron

College football's big-time programs have as much at stake as any other billion-dollar enterprise; and the associated scandals demonstrate a culture of playing fast and loose with rules and regulations.

Smart distribution: A self-healing and optimized grid

Smart distribution is a fully controllable and flexible distribution system with embedded intelligence from substation to meter. It enables the distribution system to be a self-healing and optimized grid.

The shifting asset management paradigm

Ensuring that an asset performs to its full potential throughout its life is fundamental to effective asset management. Various factors make this objective difficult to accomplish, however.

Learning: It’s always in style

A utility compilation website ran a thought-provoking article recently, reporting on extensive orders for smart meters in several South American countries.

It’s economic efficiency, stupid!

Economic efficiency, the electron value chain and delivering value on the journey from control center to customer.

Solar steam augmentation: A sensible alternative to PV

After years of being poised for rapid growth, the opportunities for concentrated solar power (CSP) are multiplying fast.

The tale of cooling towers: regulations drive fossil plant design, water management system innovation

While industrialization and population growth create a greater need for electricity, power-generating technologies increase fuel efficiency and flexibility and reduce air and water emissions.

Attracting and retaining leaders to overcome industry challenges

Attracting, training and retaining the most talented individuals for leadership positions in the electrical and electricity industries is paramount to driving innovation and profitability.