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Is the End of Baseload Generation a Reality?

by Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President and Lead Instructor Since the mid-20th century, it’s been widely accepted wisdom: For electric utilities to economically serve customers they must build generating systems rooted in large baseload plants. But with the recent growth of … Continue reading

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Electric Vehicles May Be Key to Utilities’ Load Growth

by Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President and Lead Instructor Just over a year ago, penetration of electric vehicles was miniscule compared to the more than 226 million registered vehicles in the U.S. But, as we noted in our Q1 2015 issue of … Continue reading

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Will This Generation of Utility Employees See the Last Coal Unit Close?

by Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President and Lead Facilitator The City of Fort Collins Utilities, a municipal utility in northern Colorado, has a conundrum. Through its partial ownership of Platte River Power Authority (PRPA), Fort Collins Utilities gets about 75% of … Continue reading

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A Visual Look at the Electric and Natural Gas Delivery Systems

Natural gas and electricity take long and complex journeys from their original sources to their final end-use consumers. Understanding the various stages of each journey — commonly known as the delivery system — is important for those who work in the … Continue reading

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Southern Company/AGL Merger Reflects Trends in the Utility Business

by Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President and Lead Instructor On August 24, 2015, Southern Company and AGL Resources announced a planned merger whereby AGL will become a new wholly owned subsidiary of Southern. The merger, if approved by regulators, will create … Continue reading

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State of Maine Proposes Alternative to Net Metering of Rooftop Solar

by Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President and Lead Instructor Suppose you decide to install a solar photovoltaic (PV) system on your home. Unless you decide to also put in a big battery system and maybe a backup generator, you will want … Continue reading

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Are Capacity Auctions Ensuring Reliability or Just Ensuring Generator Revenues?

by Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President and Lead Instructor Enerdynamics recently developed a course titled ISO Market Basics that teaches electric industry newcomers the basics of the various services bought and sold in ISO markets. One of the key questions addressed … Continue reading

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