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Water Isn’t Everywhere Anymore

Utilities, Municipalities And Others Seek To Meet Their Own Needs

Church Ross of Electrical Contractor writes, “It’s a complicated time to be an electricity-generating company in the United States. Volatility in the natural gas market is forcing utility planners to rethink fueling options, and new emissions regulations are adding even more questions to their long-term forecasts. Now water is becoming a critical component in plant siting and relicensing, as well, and its importance likely will rise should current drought conditions continue.

Chris Vlahoplus, partner and clean tech & sustainability practice leader at ScottMadden, said, “We see longer term water issues beginning to be a concern, but not universally. The industry as a whole is beginning to awaken to the broader issue and only now beginning to get its arms around this bigger picture.”

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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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