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    Aug 17, 2006 | Amatsia Kashti
    In an ideal world, timely information forms the basis for improvement, and fat cats are not assigned to guard the cream. These two basic understandings must have eluded the author of a new strategic white paper on future energy policies in the UK. Smart metering will remain a billing tool only, and energy suppliers will remain in charge of energy efficiency.
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    Aug 16, 2006 | Elizabeth Roberts
    As consumers become increasingly e-enabled, e-savvy, and ultimately e-dependent, utilities are taking advantage of the trend by offering secure electronic bill presentation and payment, or EBPP. EBPP can save a utility thousands, if not millions, of dollars annually while increasing accounting accuracy and efficiency.
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    Aug 10, 2006 | Walter Lachs
    Since the shock of the 1965 North American collapse, multi-million dollar collapses throughout the world has doubled in number, every successive decade. Even now, no effective measures are provided against such severe unforeseen disturbances and system operators, without automatic supports, are unable to stem the threat.
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    Aug 09, 2006 | Peter Curtis
    Continuous and uninterrupted power and cooling comprise the lifeblood of any data center, especially those that operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Critical enterprise power is the power without which an organization would quickly be unable to achieve its business objectives. Today enterprises of all types and sizes are demanding 24-hour IT system availability.
  • Aug 04, 2006 | Scott DeBroff
    State Regulatory Commissions across the country are conducting inquiries into the benefits and potential requirements of smart metering and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) systems. Some states have been spurred into action because of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
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    Jul 31, 2006 | Mary Mack
    Investigations, windfall profits, rebates...the legislative and enforcement activity around energy companies is at its highest peak since the California energy crisis. In addition, new changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Litigation are coming in December. So that brings up a big question - are today's energy companies really ready for this next round of legal fireworks?
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    Jul 26, 2006 | Kevin Herring
    How would you feel about a company vision that looks something like this? "Our vision is to become a firm that pays the very lowest wages possible, charges the highest prices the market will bear, and divides the spoils between stockholders and senior executives, mostly the latter." Change guru John Kotter uses this example to slam business leaders launching into transformation mode for the primary purpose of feathering their own nests.
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    Jul 19, 2006 | Harry Stephens
    The Postal Rate Commission announced in November 2005 the approval of a 5.4% postal rate increase. The increase took effect in early 2006, and for companies that mail high volumes of bills and statements the financial impact will be significant.
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    Jul 07, 2006 | David Wolins
    Considering the loud din emerging from suppliers, utilities and industry advocates for Demand Response, it would be helpful for prospective participants to have a comprehensive, high-level understanding of what may be required by these programs as well as what is necessary in order to be successful in Demand Response program implementation.
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    Jun 23, 2006 | Jon T. Brock
    Have you ever called a utility about a payment and had them take payment right there on the phone via your checking account or credit card? I hadn't until recently when apparently my local electric and gas bill got lost in the mail and when my second bill came in, there was this late fee for not paying the previous month.