Commentary

  • May 19, 2006 | Jonathan Goldberg
    My, how history repeats itself. Reminiscent of the energy crises of the 1970's (sans gas lines I recall from my youth), the world remains hostage to its insatiable thirst for energy. Tantamount to Hercules' entanglement with the community-menacing Hydra, so shall each engineer come to joust with this nemesis of modern society at some point in his or her career.
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    May 12, 2006 | Pradeep Roy
    Utilities are continuously under intense pressure from stakeholders to show improved corporate performance despite increasing costs, regulatory pressures and enhanced customer expectations. The need to supplement the existing cash flows by plugging revenue leakage as a low risk, low investment and high impact option has never been more critical.
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    May 03, 2006 | David Saxby
    Customers are not just a source of ever-growing revenue for utilities that sell more than traditional electricity service; they're a potential gold mine for referrals that can generate even more business. Satisfied customers can be a wealth of referrals for utilities that sell such nontraditional services as high-speed Internet access, cable TV and long-distance telephone.
  • May 01, 2006 | Ronald R. Cooke
    Business consumers must have reliable, available, and affordable energy in sufficient quantities to ensure the uninterrupted operation of the enterprise at full capacity. The innovation, growth, financial health, and success of American companies - large and small - has been sustained by the virtually unrestricted consumption of low cost energy.
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    Apr 17, 2006 | Debbie Cogan
    The impact of last year's Gulf Coast Hurricanes affected millions of Americans this winter heating season. The hurricanes caused a disruption in our energy supply process, and as a result, heating costs for the 2005-06 season reached record highs. The cost of heating an average home increased 30 to 50 percent in many parts of the nation.
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    Apr 04, 2006 | Phil Giudice
    Commissioner Nora Brownell of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) noted in her keynote presentation at the January 24, 2006, National Town Meeting II on Demand Response (DR) that, in the dozens of standard market design public meetings with hundreds of electric industry stakeholders, DR was the only public policy initiative that was supported by everyone.
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    Mar 22, 2006 | Stephen Heins
    We applaud the leadership of Senator Rob Cowles and Assemblyperson Phil Montgomery as they have marshaled the recommendations of Gov. Doyle's Task Force on Energy Efficiency and Renewables into a very robust energy bill, with a portfolio of short-term, mid-term and long-term solutions designed to slow the need for new power plants in Wisconsin.
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    Mar 17, 2006 | Brett Crable
    In 2002, it became increasingly evident that rising expenses associated with charged-off accounts at Dominion merited a comprehensive review of the business process. As Dominion began to look more closely at its delinquent and charged-off accounts, it was soon determined that using the same treatment for all delinquencies did not make good business sense.
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    Mar 14, 2006 | Warren B. Causey
    "Your assignment, should you choose to accept it is..." Keep your utility operationally sound, financially viable, and at the forefront of developing and implementing technology, improve your bottom line and customer performance.
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    Mar 08, 2006 | Sachin Kumar
    Outage in electric utility parlance means interruption of electricity supply to its consumers. The outage could be a planned one - meant for maintenance jobs, load shedding, etc. or it could be a forced one caused from any transient disturbances, equipment failure or overload.