EnergyBiz Magazine — January / February 2008

OUR TAKE

From Malawi to Texas - a World of Possibilities [PDF]

The Front page of the Wall Street Journal recently featured the story of William Kamkwamba of Malawi. Kamkwamba, 20, is intent on providing electricity to his country "one windmill at a time."

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The Denmark Challenge - Lessons From an Emerging Wind Power [PDF]

The people of Denmark have a story to tell in their own Nordic unassuming way. You hear it from quietly proud Per Volund, an engineer, as he takes a group of Americans out on a small boat to tour the Middlegrunden wind farm in Copenhagen harbor.

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Ready for Unprecedented Challenge - CFOs Taking Care Of Business [PDF]

Utilities are gearing up to spend upward of $400 billion on new electricity generation in the next 25 years. Capital expenditures industrywide have recently been growing at about 25 percent annually. Given such gargantuan financial appetites, it is easy to see the commanding importance of the assignment of chief financial officer.

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Global Big Boys in Natural Gas - Developing LNG Resources [PDF]

Once natural gas was flared around the world as a waste by product of oil production. Now it is becoming a rich asset.

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Pursuit of Intelligence - CIOs Prepare for Uncharted Waters [PDF]

Utilities face unprecedented challenges engendered by fears of global warming, aging workforces, fuel costs and legal requirements to do things that in many cases may just not be possible, or at least not very easy.

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LEGAL EAGLE

Generating with Environmental Mandates - The Industry Steps Up [PDF]

The electric generation industry is in the midst of one of the largest capital spending campaigns since the fossil and nuclear build-out of the 1970s. By 2015, this sector of the economy will have committed and spent nearly $30 billion - not to increase the amount of generation in the United States, but to reduce emissions and improve the environmental performance of the coal-fired fleet that represents nearly 50 percent of the domestic supply of electricity.

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Limiting Foreign Investment - New Act's Impact On Utilities [PDF]

After China national offshore oil's failed bid for Unocal and the public debacle around the Dubai Ports World deal, a spotlight was turned on the little-known Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

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Infrastructure Needed - Steps to Encourage Building [PDF]

The nation's utility grid has been strained by increased demands, which hinders both competition and reliability. These strains have been exacerbated by the lack of building electric infrastructure. Recognizing this, Congress included section 1224 in the energy act of 2005 to give the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authority to grant entities incentives to invest in transmission infrastructure.

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Markets Power Clean Energy - The Benefits Of Competition [PDF]

Our nation faces a pressing need for significant new investment to meet electricity demand. Other critical challenges include the climate threat posed by carbon emissions and a global economy that is driving up the cost of steel, copper, cement and other raw materials necessary to build new infrastructure. Meeting these challenges will be expensive.

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Embattled Competition - New York Considers Retrenching [PDF]

Will New York, a state known for its active retail electricity market and high rate of customer switching, become the next state to fall to the forces of re-regulation?

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Securing Energy Assets - Regulators Focus On Supply [PDF]

At a time when energy issues are global - a genie that won't be returning to the bottle - even state issues must be addressed from an international perspective.

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LEGAL EAGLE

Infrastructure Needed - Steps to Encourage Building [PDF]

The nation's utility grid has been strained by increased demands, which hinders both competition and reliability. These strains have been exacerbated by the lack of building electric infrastructure. Recognizing this, Congress included section 1224 in the energy act of 2005 to give the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authority to grant entities incentives to invest in transmission infrastructure.

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Markets Power Clean Energy - The Benefits Of Competition [PDF]

Our nation faces a pressing need for significant new investment to meet electricity demand. Other critical challenges include the climate threat posed by carbon emissions and a global economy that is driving up the cost of steel, copper, cement and other raw materials necessary to build new infrastructure. Meeting these challenges will be expensive.

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Embattled Competition - New York Considers Retrenching [PDF]

Will New York, a state known for its active retail electricity market and high rate of customer switching, become the next state to fall to the forces of re-regulation?

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Securing Energy Assets - Regulators Focus On Supply [PDF]

At a time when energy issues are global - a genie that won't be returning to the bottle - even state issues must be addressed from an international perspective.

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ENERGY BUSINESS

Building Debate - A Rising Domestic Threat to Energy Security [PDF]

We hear a lot these days about U.S. reliance on foreign energy sources and the threat of this dependence on U.S. energy security. Although the threat is real and cannot be understated, perhaps an equally menacing threat resides within our own borders.

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Thumbs Down on Sunflower - Governor Explains Action [PDF]

Kansas created quite a stir in the energy industry when it recently decided to nix the proposed construction of two coal-fired generation plants in the sparsely populated southwest part of the state, saying that its emissions would contribute to global warming.

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Let Us Build - Sunflower Projects Needed [PDF]

Climate change has become one of the most discussed subjects in our society. Many questions need to be answered. If the United States makes the wrong choices, our economy will be burdened with unnecessary costs that will reduce our competitive position in the world.

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Lassoing Panhandle Wind - Oilmann Plans Huge Complex [PDF]

T. Boone Pickens is nobody's fool. Pickens, who has a net worth of $2.5 billion and is ranked as the 131st wealthiest person in the United States by Forbes, is not prone to invest in pipe dreams.

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Africa's Energy Hope - Turing to the Private Sector [PDF]

Developing the continent's energy infrastructure is widely seen as one of the key growth strategies for Africa. The continent's electricity supply industry is expected to require a total investment of $563 billion over the next 20 years to meet the growing demand.

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The Future of Futures Regulation - CFTC Role Debated [PDF]

The commodity futures trading commission is, in some respects, a victim of its own success. Launched in 1975 to take futures regulation out of the sphere of the Agriculture Department, the CFTC made possible the subsequent explosion of nonagricultural futures, including energy and financial futures.

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Running Smarter - Upgrading Nuclear Operations [PDF]

Talk about a turnaround. The average capacity factor of nuclear plants around 1990 was a dismal 70 percent, according to statistics collected by the Nuclear Energy Institute. When the 1992 energy act ushered in the era of deregulation, the only future for nuclear that Wall Street and the industry could see was decommissioning and sunken costs.

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TECHNOLOGY FRONTIER

New Approaches to Hydro - Boosting Power Output [PDF]

Avista was founded with the development of a hydroelectric project on the Spokane River in 1889. The company has since relied primarily on hydroelectric energy to supply its customers. Our hydro projects were developed over a 50-year period, primarily from the 1900s through the 1950s. Today about 52 percent of the company's power comes from hydro.

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Denver Airport Goes Solar - Policies Spur Development [PDF]

Denver's airport WiLL be catching rays - big time. The airport recently announced plans to deploy a 2-megawatt photovoltaic generating system. It will be constructed by MMA Renewable Ventures and WorldWater & Solar Technologies.

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Going With the Flow [PDF]

There is great interest in deriving energy from tides and water currents using submerged devices such as turbines. However, according to the Electric Power Research Institute, for such efforts to be financially viable requires fairly strong currents in the 5- to 7-knot range.

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Wireless Monitoring Advances - Network Enables Remote Management [PDF]

Typically, utilities use a mix of communications technologies to send real-time information about the status of equipment such as transformers in substations and other devices throughout a transmission and distribution system back to a central command center.

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Hybrids Tap Grid [PDF]

Take a successful software executive with a proven track record and lots of venture capital money behind him, combine that with a new twist on hybrid cars and you have Project Better Place, a company whose goal is to install and operate an Electric Recharge Grid consisting of charging spots and battery exchange stations in countries around the world.

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METRICS

Metrics [PDF]

  • World's Aging Nuclear Fleet
  • Tax Light
  • Construction Work Zooms
  • Giants in Wholesale
  • IT Spending Level

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INTRODUCING

Vestas Commands the Skies - Ditlev Engel Charts Growth [PDF]

Vestas sits atop the Fast-growing global wind power industry, with 33,500 wind turbines installed in 63 countries and a market share fast approaching one-third. Just one of its gleaming 3-megawatt wind towers can generate an equivalent amount of energy to that sloshing about in 13,000 barrels of sticky black oil - without producing carbon dioxide or financially strengthening terrorist-backing Mideast regimes.

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FINAL TAKE

Cambridge Brain Trust - MIT's Energy Club [PDF]

You can find just about anything on the infinite corridor. The arrow straight quarter mile stretch of doorways, labs and student posters is the spine of MIT's original 16-building complex. It is now the central axis around which the accelerating MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) spins.

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