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Power


Monthly Issue | May 1, 2013

A Novel Managerial Challenge: Decommissioning Coal

With low-cost natural gas and the high cost of new environmental regulations shutting down coal-fired power plants all across the country, a new task for power industry managers is emerging:…


The CIP Merry-Go-Round: Say So Long to Version 4, Hello to Version 5?

The ever-changing landscape of critical infrastructure protection (CIP) standards at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) is … changing. At the end of January, NERC issued its fifth iteration…


What Is Holding Back Offshore Wind?

Unlike oil and gas programs, where lessees know that refineries will purchase the oil they find, offshore wind developers are left largely to their own devices to identify the companies…


25 Differences Between Private Sector and Government Managers

It’s become a cliché that government would be better if it were only run by private-sector managers using standard business practices. But Jan Mares, who has been in both environments,…


Flavor of the Decade: What Energy Utilities Can Learn from Verizon

For nine years starting in 2001, Paul Marcarelli was the face and the voice Verizon used to break through a crowded telecommunications market and build its brand. Verizon built its…


Utility Mergers: Who Has a Vision?

Madison Gas & Electric (MGE) serves the Madison, Wis. area. It is the sole utility subsidiary of the publicly traded holding company MGE Energy. MGE’s regulated utility business represents nearly…


Partnering With the Right People

I have come to believe that to survive and ultimately thrive we must effectively create partnerships with everyone around us, from family to colleagues to society in general. The word…


Workplace Drama: Courageous Course Correction

If you want transparency and trust in your organization, as a leader you must become competent at course correction. Course correction sounds easy on paper, but real-life application is often…


Let’s Dump the ‘Tipping Point’ Metaphor into the Waste Tip

First came science popularizer Malcom Gladwell. Then faux philosopher Al Gore took up the idea. It’s called the “tipping point.” The idea is that little things accumulate in a pile…


TREND: Rare Earth Minerals and Free Markets

Few topics demonstrate the power of free markets to overcome economic hurdles better than the case of rare earth minerals. For years now, as we have followed the issue in this…


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