Electric Utilities: Navigating the Water Crisis

The drought in the Southeast United States has continued through 2008 with little relief, leaving power generation providers facing increased curtailment and availability risks due to water withdrawal restrictions. With limited technical mitigation options and little relief in the weather for the foreseeable future, other solutions must be developed to ensure continued availability of key generation resources.

Water availability has become a stealth environmental issue that threatens significant consequences for the unprepared.  Meeting the challenge will require a focused and comprehensive plan of action.

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Steve Sanders Director

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The Energy Industry Update - Volume 16 - Issue 2

The energy industry is changing, and its regulatory and financial moorings are shifting. Competitive markets combined with other factors may lead to early nuclear unit retirement. Continuing changes in energy supply and demand patterns create a complex operation environment for electric utilities. Federal and state policy lines are beginning to blur as states have been increasingly intervening in FERC domain seeking favorable outcomes for their citizens and other local constituencies. In our Update, themed “As Yogi Berra Might Say…,” we look at the unusual picture drawn by the juxtaposition of these changes.
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