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Issue 181 November 2018
US – increasing fixed charges for embedded generators
US – paying for EV charger roll-outs
US – approving wind farm grid connections
NZ – setting the next Transpower price-quality path
Aus – the Northern Territory electricity distribution revenue reset
Aus – CKI gets ACCC approval for APA acquisition
US – update on the Dominion – SCANA merger
Aus – more grid interconnection
Issue 180 October 2018
NZ – draft report on the enquiry
US – downward pressure on fixed charges
Aus / NZ – recommendation that Tilt shareholders reject offer
US – court concludes Missouri PSC does have EV charger jurisdiction
US – are all customers equal before the law ?
Aus – the TasNetworks Draft Decision
Aus – the South Australian draft distribution proposal
Aus – the Evoenergy revenue determination
Aus – coal makes a come back
Issue 179 September 2018
NZ – setting the WACC
NZ – the Transpower draft RCP3 proposal
NZ – proposed amendments to the DPP input methodologies
UK – the RIIO – 2 framework decision
Aus – consolidating CapEx and OpEx into TotEx
Aus – CKI’s bid for APA
Aus / NZ – taking Tilt Renewables private
US – cancelling the Wind Catcher
UK – what if the lights go out ?
US – balancing emissions with grid security
Issue 178 August 2018
US – Nevada approves EV charger cost recovery
NZ – accelerated depreciation of electricity distribution assets
Aus – reviewing the ROR guidelines
NZ – avoiding transmission grid investment
Global – increasing wholesale price volatility
NZ – building new gas-fired peaking generation
Aus – retaining coal in the primary energy mix
Aus – the final report on retail electricity prices
Issue 177 July 2018
NZ – setting the 2020 – 2025 default price path
UK – the RIIO – 2 regulatory framework
UK – the PR18 rail access draft decision
US – rejecting advanced meters
US – keeping the lights on in the Lone Star State
US – replacing gas turbines with batteries
Aus – CK Infrastructure bids for APA Group
US – summary of recent merger activity
Issue 176 June 2018
Aus – the TransGrid revenue determination
NZ – downward pressure on airport profits
Aus – the NSW electricity distribution revenue resets
Global – regulation of EV charging stations
US – CenterPoint Energy seeks to acquire Vectren
US – final approvals for the Westar – Great Plains merger
US – NextEra Energy buys Southern Co assets
Aus – setting the grid reliability standards
Europe – hollowing out the daily load profile
 
Issue 175 May 2018
Aus – the final SA electricity transmission decision
NZ – setting the WACC for various regulated suppliers
Aus – the Murraylink revenue determination
US – NextEra Energy sells renewables
US – Avista and Hydro One agree acquisition terms
US – Dominion threatens to withdraw from SCANA acquisition
US – grid resilience and coal-fired generation
Aus – retaining coal-fired generation
US – will batteries displace gas turbines for peaking ?
Aus – prices rise as Hazelwood exits the NEM
 
Issue 174 April 2018
NZ – reviewing the energy sector
NZ – the final decision for Powerco’s CPP
NZ – the final decision for Wellington Electricity’s CPP
US – requiring competitive purchase of DER’s
US – recovering the cost of EV chargers through regulated tariffs
Europe – E.On and RWE swap assets to consolidate market positions
UK – merging Npower and SSE’s energy retail businesses
US – gas-fired peaking v’s gas-fired moratorium
UK – the future of large steam turbine stations
NZ – the Draft Transpower CapEx Input Methodologies
 
Issue 173 March 2018
US – compensating battery storage for grid support
Aus – the Evoenergy revenue determination
UK – the PR18 rail access price review
Aus – the Northern Territory electricity distribution revenue reset
US – examining the Dominion – SCANA merger
US – NextEra Energy searches for regulated earnings
US –progress on the Westar – Great Plains merger
US – further pressure on wind subsidies in Oklahoma
UK – preparing for RIIO - 2
Issue 172 February 2018
US – recovering the cost of baseload generation (cont…)
UK – capping energy prices
Aus – regulating grid-scale battery storage
Aus – the SA electricity transmission Revised Proposal
NZ – Wellington Electricity’s Customised Price Path
US – what future hath coal ?
Canada – progress on phasing out coal
Sweden – progress on the return to nuclear
Poland – investing in coal as electricity demand grows
Issue 171 January 2018
Aus – securing the NEM for summer
US – tightening reserve in the Lone Star State
UK – progress on Hinkley Point C
Aus – the Murraylink revenue determination
NZ – gas under pressure
Aus – the Victorian gas transmission Final Decision
NZ – regulating related party transactions
Aus – the TransGrid revenue determination
US – different lessons from different states
US – striking the right balance for solar metering in Nevada
 
Issue 170 December 2017
US – when electric distribution faces competition.
Global – squeezing secure generation out of the market.
US – strengthening the role of coal and nuclear.
UK – reviewing electricity costs.
Aus – the draft SA electricity transmission decision.
NZ – updating Transpower’s individual price-quality path.
Aus – reviewing the WACC guidelines.
France – progress on Flammanville’s third reactor.
 
Issue 169 November 2017
UK – clarifying the regulatory framework for storage
Aus – the National Energy Guarantee
Aus – lowest prices in Tasmania
NZ – reviewing the Input Methodologies for gas pipelines
NZ – draft decision on Powerco’s CPP application
NZ – gas under pressure
Aus – inquiring into retail electric pricing
US – recovering the costs of base load generation
Aus – interim report on the Gas Inquiry
US – meeting peak demand with low-emission generation
Issue 168 October 2017
US – changing the business model
US – correctly paying for third-party demand response
US – who pays for grid reliability services ?
US – recovering the costs of baseload generation
US – regulatory support for embedded generation tariffs
US – rebalancing the fixed and variable tariffs
Aus – the TransGrid revenue determination
Ireland – setting the gas distribution revenue
Aus – the Murraylink revenue determination
 
Issue 167 September 2017
Aus – extending the Snowy Hydro power scheme
Aus – the Victorian gas distribution Draft Decisions
Aus – the Roma to Brisbane Pipeline Draft Decision
Aus – the Victorian gas transmission Draft Decision
US – examining markets and reliability
Aus – final report on Tasmanian security of supply
US – Great Plains and Westar ask for merger approval
NZ – the Transpower CapEx Input Methodologies Review
Aus – abolishing the Limited Merits Review
 
Issue 166 August 2017
Global – declining battery costs & disruption
UK – what Brexit might mean for energy policy ?
US – Great Plains and Westar take another go at merging
England & Wales – the PR19 water price review
Aus – implementing PREMO for the Victorian water price controls
Britain – the PR18 railway access price review
Aus – assessing the risk of closing coal-fired generation
Aus – interim report from the NSW Energy Taskforce
NZ – setting the WACC for various regulated suppliers
Issue 165 July 2017
NZ – strengthening asset management practices
NZ – Court rules on additional rooftop solar tariff
Aus – calls to re-regulate retail electricity markets
Netherlands – setting the electricity transmission tariffs
Aus – abolishing the Limited Merits Review
Aus – examining the Finkel Report
Aus – does coal have a future after all ?
Aus – maintaining rotating inertia on the grids
France – post-election shifts in energy policy
Issue 164 June 2017
Aus – the long-term lease of Endeavour Energy
US – who pays to integrate DER’s ?
NZ – gas under pressure
Aus – the final Tasmanian electricity distribution determination

NZ – Powerco applies for a Customised Price Path (CPP)
Aus – the Court judgement on electricity revenue determinations
NZ – gas under more pressure
Aus – the future of coal-fired generation
US – reviewing the Clean Power Plan
Lithuania – decommissioning the RBMK reactors
South Africa – proposed new nuclear station hits a big bump
Issue 163 May 2017
US – introducing a demand charge
US – curtailing Oklahoma’s zero emission tax credit
NZ – the revised draft gas DPP’s
Aus – final Victorian electricity transmission decision
NZ – setting the WACC for electricity distribution
Aus – the Queensland electricity transmission revenue reset
France – does nuclear have a post-election future ?
US – juggling emissions and security
US – rejecting the Great Plains – Westar merger
 
Issue 162 April 2017
Aus – reviewing Tasmania’s security of supply
Aus – gas under pressure on the east coast
US – recovering the cost of fast chargers
US – selling renewable energy for a premium
Aus – the Murraylink revenue determination
France – increasing the WACC
Aus – the TransGrid revenue determination
Austria – setting the gas transmission tariffs
NZ – cost of capital for gas distribution
NZ – the Energy Innovation Bill works its way through Parliament
NZ – unpacking the IEA report.
 
Issue 161 March 2017
Global – renewing infrastructure in the face of emerging technologies
Aus – inquiring into security of electricity supply
Aus – the Victorian gas distribution access arrangements
Aus – the Victorian gas transmission access arrangement
NZ – the draft gas default price paths
Aus – the Roma – Brisbane gas transmission access arrangement
Aus – developing a coherent energy strategy
US – post-election energy policy
UK – Scotland sets 50% renewable target
 
Issue 160 February 2017
US – Rocky Mountain suspends nett metering proposal
Aus – closing coal-fired generation
Aus – the Tasmanian electricity distribution determination
NZ – finalising the Input Methodologies (IM’s)
Aus – the Queensland electricity transmission revenue reset
UK – selling the gas networks
US – regulator recommends rejecting Great Plains – Westar merger
UK – sale of Thames Water
Aus – update on the Western Power sale
NZ – amending the Code
 
Issue 159 December 2016
Aus – closing Hazelwood and the future of coal-fired generation
NZ – mandating stability during grid faults
Canada – phasing out traditional coal-fired generation
US – post-election energy policy
NZ – cost of capital for gas distribution
Aus – appealing the electricity revenue determinations for SA
Aus – the possible sale of Western Power
US – the muni’ising Boulder saga continues
US – another electric company proposes solar tariffs
Issue 158 November 2016
Global – the 2016 energy index
Global – is thermal generation retirement reaching a crisis point ?
UK – final report on the competitiveness of energy supply
Aus – leasing a 50.4% stake in Ausgrid
Aus – the draft Queensland electricity transmission determination
NZ – the Final Decision on Orion’s return to the DPP
Aus – the revised Victorian electricity transmission proposal
Aus – the final Amadeus Gas Pipeline decision
Aus – progress on the new regulatory model for water price control
Issue 157 October 2016
US – how much is solar really worth to a distribution network ?
Aus – abolishing the regulated retail feed-in tariff in South Australia
US – making the best use of roof-top solar
US – recovering the cost of electric car recharging stations
NZ – determining the WACC for electricity distribution
Aus – closing thermal generation in Victoria
US – delivering on the Nuclear Promise
UK – Hinkley Point C gathers speed amidst tightened security
US – retiring Diablo Canyon
Aus – are the electricity markets working ?
 
Issue 156 September 2016

US – the Great Plains – Westar merger attracts wider attention
US – appealing the Exelon – Pepco merger
NZ – improving system security
NZ – reducing the asset beta for gas pipelines
Aus – framing up the electricity transmission resets
Germany – setting the cost of equity
NZ – resetting he gas pipeline default price path (DPP)
Greece – gas tariff adjustment threatens gas network sale
UK – further delays to Hinkley Point C
 
Issue 155 August 2016
Global - re-thinking the role of marginal thermal generation
Aus - supporting renewable generation
US - NextEra Energy and Hawaiian Electric terminate merger plans
Aus - resettingt he Queensland electricity transmission revenue
NZ - settingt he WACC
Aus - appealing the electricity revenue determinations
Aus - resetting the Victorian electricity transmission revenue
Aus - appealing the gas distribution determination
South Africa - the need for additional nuclear
France - the Flamanville difficulty spreads
 
Issue 154 July 2016
 
NZ – sale of Maui pipeline completed
NZ – gas under pressure
Aus – transferring regulation of Western Power to the AER
US – pushing back against the rooftop solar tariff
US – the regulatory framework around microgrids
US – rebalancing tariffs and the impact on rooftop solar
NZ – determining the WACC for First Gas
NZ – Orion’s transition back to a DPP
UK – accelerating the closure of coal-fired generation
Sweden – bringing back nuclear
UK – investigating the competitiveness of energy supply
US – is the end in sight for the Boulder muni bid ?
 
Issue 153 June 2016
 
US – Great Plains launches bid for Westar
Aus – gas under pressure in South Australia
Sweden – appealing the electricity distribution determinations
Aus – the Victorian electricity distribution Final Determinations
Sweden – appealing the gas distribution revenue decisions
Aus – gas under pressure in the capital
UK – investigating the competitiveness of energy supply
Sweden – clarifying the electricity distribution regulatory framework
Aus – a new regulatory model for water price control
 
Issue 152 May 2016
 
NZ – amending the transmission pricing methodology (TPM)
NZ – reviewing the principles for distributed generation
Aus – what’s happening in Tasmania ?
NZ – keeping Huntly going for a few more years
Aus – the Royal Commission reports back
Aus – gas under pressure in the Northern Territory
NZ – setting the WACC for electricity and airports
Aus – the Queensland electricity transmission determination
France – gas under pressure
Aus – the Tasmanian electricity distribution determination
 
Issue 151 April 2016
 
US – the Exelon – Pepco merger gets final approval
UK – measuring the regulatory performance of gas businesses
NZ – gas under pressure
NZ – decision not to enquire into gas metering services
US – Nevada PUC faces law suit over solar decision
US – going for 100% renewables in Hawaii
South Africa – progress on the nuclear station
England – progress on Hinkley Point C
France – what exactly is happening at Flamanville
 
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