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Term: What are the six main goals of deregulation in the power & utilities space? Definition: (1) lower costs, (2) spur competition, (3) customer service, (4) customer choice, (5) economic efficiency, (6) innovation Term: In a regulated structure, customer rates are set to allow utilities to ______, ___, and ___. Definition: each cost of service, pay capital charges, earn an ROE Term: What are the four major components in the power supply chain? Definition: generation, transmission, distribution, retail Term: What two components of the power supply chain are natural monopolies? How has deregulation affected them? Definition: transmission and distribution; remain largely regulated even in deregulated markets Term: Do many utilities companies operate in more than one segment of the supply chain? Definition: Yes; many utilties own all four segments of the supply chaina s seprate business entitites within a holding company structure
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Term: In a deregulated market, the source of income for a generator is... Definition: margins; the difference between fuel costs and power prices (similar to refiners) Term: In a deregulated market, the source of income for T&D businesses is... Definition: regulated cost recovery + regulated return (they stay regulated) Term: In a deregulated market, the source of income for retail operations is... Definition: competitive with retail margins similar to gas stations Term: In a regulated market, what is the primary asset of generators? Definition: power plants Term: In a regulated market, what percentage of total utilities assets do generator assets comprise? Definition: 50-60%
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Term: In a regulated market, what is the source of income for generators? Definition: regulated cost recovery + regulated return Term: In a regulated market, What is the key cost(s) for generators? Definition: fuel Term: In a regulated market, what is the regulatory outlook for generators? Definition: Some states are deregulated, otehrs are not Term: In a regulated market, what is a current issue with generators? Definition: generation supply tightening Term: In a regulated market, what is the primary asset of transmission operators? Definition: high-voltage lines
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Term: In a regulated market, what percentage of total utilities assets do generator assets comprise? Definition: 5-15% Term: In a regulated market, what is the source of income for transmission operators? Definition: regulated cost recovery + regulated return Term: In a regulated market, What is the key cost(s) for transmission operators? Definition: labor, maintenance expense Term: In a regulated market, what is the regulatory outlook for transmission operators? Definition: will stay regulated indefinitely in all states Term: In a regulated market, what is a current issue with transmission operators? Definition: underinvested infrastructure in many areas
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Term: In a regulated market, what is the primary asset of distribution operators?
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