MANAGING POWER Direct [January 3, 2011]

A Really Basic Checklist for Employee Benefits in Mergers and Acquisitions

As mergers and acquisitions in the power sector heat up again, questions arise about how employee benefits are affected by these complex business deals.

Double A Energy Policy

With climate legislation dead in the U.S., it is worthwhile to take a look at how discussions of energy and environmental policy ebb and flow in the country, generally without reaching serious resolution.

Look Before You Leap into the Cloud

Given cloud computing's potential to lower operating costs and increase flexibility, it's no wonder that it is on the cusp of sending the corporate world into a paradigm shift.

MIT: Uranium Supplies Adequate

Uranium remains plentiful around the world, says a new resource study from MIT, obviating the need to "close" the nuclear fuel cycle by reprocessing and developing breeder reactors.

Outsource Management?

Whatever happened to the venerable military institution of KP? It's been outsourced, along with a lot of other tasks in the work environment. Outsourcing often makes sense, but it isn't a panacea.

Postmortem: U.S. Electric Transmission Siting Policy

Despite high-powered congressional legislation in 2005, the U.S. is still unable to site high-voltage interstate transmission lines in a timely fashion. Two new reports suggest ways out of the gridlock.

Stop "Doing" and Start Leading

A key challenge for new leaders is to make a transition from actually doing the work to making sure that the work gets done. That takes a mind shift.

The Art of Ruthless Focus

A million possibilities and distractions are in the business environment. Tom Hall and Wally Bock, authors of the new book Ruthless Focus, say the companies that win in the long term are the ones that can drown out the background noise and keep dancing with the strategy that brought them to the party.

The Pitfalls of Pollution Allowance Trading

The process of banking allowances under the existing schemes for creating markets for pollution reductions has created a set of difficult problems as those programs have changed, wiping out significant value from the allowances.

TREND: Hydro on the Rise

Although it doesn't get much attention, the world's first and largest source of renewable electricity, water power, is still a major player on the world stage. Though viewed as politically incorrect by some folks, mostly in the developed world, and despite its well-known environmental impacts, using water to turn turbines to generate electricity represents an attractive way to generate electricity with no fuel costs, even in the U.S. Here's what's being talked about in the U.S., India, Turkey, Nigeria, and China.