Tag Archives: Energy Regulation

Supreme Court Enables EPA to Implement Strict Power Plant Emissions Rules

by Bob Shively, Enerdynamics’ President and Lead Instructor In late 2011, the electric industry was prepared for the implementation of new EPA emissions rules called the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) designed to reduce the amount of sulfur dioxide (SO2) … Continue reading

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Electric Industry Seeks Balance between Distributed Generation and the Traditional Grid

by Matthew Rose, Enerdynamics’ Instructor The industry “topic du jour” in 2013 was that utilities are facing dramatic and potentially disastrous changes to their business. These revelations could be traced to the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) assertion that various “disruptive … Continue reading

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States and Utilities Rethinking Customer-funded Energy Efficiency Programs?

By Matthew Rose, Enerdynamics Instructor  The level of spending and activity in customer-funded energy efficiency programs is rising. With the increase in state-level energy efficiency resource standards (EERS) and compliance targets, funding for energy efficiency programs reflects an increasing commitment.  At … Continue reading

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The Energy Industry: A Review of 2013 Highlights and What May Come in 2014, Part II

By Bill Malcolm, guest author Happy New Year! In last week’s Part I of this post, we looked at a few energy industry trends that emerged in 2013: low electric load growth, the closing of nuclear plants for economical reasons, and … Continue reading

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Customized Course Answers the Question “How Does a Utility Make Money?”

By John Ferrare, Enerdynamics CEO Earlier this year one of our utility clients came to me with an interesting challenge. Years after it had been filed, a rate case decision was coming and would result in substantial rate increases for gas … Continue reading

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Indiana, Michigan Debate Merits of Electric Retail Choice

By Bill Malcolm, guest author Belief in electric retail choice continues to be split in the U.S. with no consensus among the various states. But industrial customers in states without choice continue to look for options. Discussions about retail choice … Continue reading

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Can Incentive Regulation Save the Future of Utilities?

By Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President and Lead Instructor Utilities in the U.S. are caught in a quandary.  The traditional model for creating earnings growth for investors is built around increasing sales and growing capital investment.  Yet as we move forward into … Continue reading

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A Decade After Enron’s Demise, Can Energy Markets Still Be Manipulated?

By Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President and Lead Instructor Back in the days when Enron was a high-flying energy trading company, energy traders joked that when a new ISO tariff came out the trading companies would take their smartest analysts, lock them … Continue reading

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How LNG Exports May Impact the Natural Gas Marketplace

by Christina Nagy McKenna, Enerdynamics Instructor Natural gas producers are searching for options to increase their revenues as gas prices in the United States have sunk to levels not seen in more than 10 years. As this year’s mild winter … Continue reading

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Is the U.S. Electric Generation Mix Adequately Diversified?

by Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President and Lead Instructor “My own bias is that natural gas, or shale gas, displaces coal. But the best approach is to manage the risks by diversifying. I’ve seen all the cycles up and down and … Continue reading

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