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Examination of recent policy and regulatory initiatives
ACER: A step forward in EU's energy regulation framework
June 1, 2010
One of the focal elements of European Union's (EU) Third Energy Package of 2009 - the unbundling of some of the most reluctant energy giants - is already evolving.
International Energy Regulators' Cooperation: Regulatory best practices
May 1, 2010
A quiet development in the latter half of 2009 has the potential to influence electricity transmission and the regulatory structure that underpins it. This was the formation of the...
Building New Transmission: Who bears the cost?
April 1, 2010
“Who pays?” This is the controversial question that dominates policy debates over transmission expansion in the US. The issue has assumed greater significance as more renewable...
Transmission Project Approval in Alberta: Lacks confidence in regulatory process
March 1, 2010
When and how should a government intervene when the perceived lack of investment in adequate transmission infrastructure is hampering economic or other policy goals?
Long-term sustainable energy supplies: UK reviews policy and regulatory options
February 1, 2010
The energy markets of the UK have for long been held to be a model of successful liberalisation and much of the credit goes to the nimble power and gas regulator Ofgem...
Global Winds of Change: Power grids face a whole new set of rules
January 1, 2010
Electric power transmission grids, once considered to be a staid and low-risk business with no uncertainties, are currently in the midst of several changes.
American Transmission Expansion: Siting and Permitting Major Reliability Concerns
December 1, 2009
The Long-Term Reliability Assessment Report 2009 by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) ranks the construction of the much needed transmission infrastructure...
Brazil's Transmission Sector: Regulatory framework ensures investments
November 1, 2009
Brazil's transmission network is set to expand further with the second auction of the year for the construction of transmission lines scheduled to be held on November 27, 2009.
Australian Electricity Market: Reliability in uncertain times
October 1, 2009
The Australian energy market is gearing up its regulatory and market processes to prepare for the ensuing summer, though the proposed regulatory mechanism seems to be getting...
German Electricity Grid: Structural shifts realign market
September 1, 2009
The German electricity market is currently at the centre of a raging debate on the future of its transmission system. On one side of the fence are the owners of vertically...
Transmission Superhighway for Climate Security: Europe to import solar power
August 1, 2009
The idea of using deserts for generating solar power is a really old concept which failed to take off because there was no economically or commercially available technology...
A Paradigm Shift: India mulls new price allocation method for transmission
July 1, 2009
If India's federal electricity regulator has its way, the country's electricity grid will become more competitive and efficient by the end of this year. In May 2009, the Central...
Bigger Role for FERC: Greater transmission siting authority proposed under a new bill
June 1, 2009
A new bill to vest greater authority with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) of the US for siting transmission lines has generated a lot of debate.
Congestion Management: Key to integrated electricity markets
May 8, 2009
With increasing liberalisation of power markets, there is greater incentive for power to be transmitted across regions, taking advantage of price differences in various markets...
Demand Response: Effective tool for grid planning and reliability
April 1, 2009
Demand response (DR) has long held the promise of cost effective management of load growth and transmission congestion, thereby leading to improved grid reliability...
Focus on Smart Grid: The next level of grid efficiency
March 2, 2009
Last month, about USD4.5 billion of funding was made available in the US as part of the economic stimulus package to accelerate the development of a "smart grid".
Focus on Nuclear : New challenges in grid design and operations
February 1, 2009
With the world moving towards ISOs, nuclear plant operators depend on third-party grid operators to be sensitive to their unique needs and set up systems and protocols accordingly.
Integrated European Grid: Getting ready for new players
January 1, 2009
The European Union (EU) is getting ready for reforms with the third package for internal energy market liberalisation scheduled for rollout by early 2009.
Grid Investments in China: Fractured policy proves to be an impediment
December 1, 2008
The Chinese power transmission grid comprising nearly 330,000 km of 220+ kV transmission lines is the largest in the world. The grid has grown by almost 14 per cent in line length.
Renewable Framework: Smart grids play a vital role in the US
November 1, 2008
A large and growing number of states in the US have established renewable portfolio standards (RPS), and the country's National Energy Policy promotes renewable energy.
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