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AAU: Agreement among underwriters.

AC: Alternating current.

Acid rain: Also called acid precipitation or acid deposition, acid rain is precipitation containing harmful amounts of nitric and sulfuric acids formed primarily by nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides released into the atmosphere when fossil fuels are burned. It can be wet precipitation (rain, snow, or fog) or dry precipitation (absorbed gaseous and particulate matter, aerosol particles or dust).

ACR: Avoided Cost Rate.

ACRS: Accelerated Cost Recovery System.

Adjustment bid: A bid that is used by the Independent System Operator to adjust supply or demand when congestion on the transmission system is anticipated.

ADP: Alternative Delivery Procedure.

ADR: Asset Depreciation Range.

AEA: Atomic Energy Act.

AFUDC: Allowance for funds used during construction.

AGA: American Gas Association.

AGC: Automatic Generation Control.

Aggregator: Any marketer, broker, public agency, city, county, or special district that combines the loads of multiple end-use customers in facilitating the sale and purchase of electric energy, transmission, and other services on behalf of these customers.

Air pollutant: Any substance in air that could, in high enough concentration, harm human health or the environment. Pollutants may be in the form of solid particles, liquid droplets, gases or a combination thereof. Air pollutants are often grouped in categories/:/ solids, sulfur compounds, volatile organic chemicals, particulate matter, nitrogen compounds, oxygen compounds, halogen compounds, radioactive compound, and odors.

Air pollution control device: Mechanism or equipment that cleans emissions generated by a source (e.g., Industrial smoke stack, automobile exhaust) by removing pollutants that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere.

Air toxics: Any air pollutant for which a national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) does not exist (i.e., excluding ozone, carbon monoxide, PM-10, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide) that may be reasonably be anticipated to cause serious or irreversible chronic or acute health effects in humans.

Ampere: The unit of measurement of electrical current produced in a circuit by 1 volt acting through a resistance of 1 ohm.

Ancillary services: Necessary services that must be provided in the generation and delivery of electricity. As defined by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, they include/:/ coordination and scheduling services (load following, energy imbalance service, control of transmission congestion); automatic generation control (load frequency control and the economic dispatch of plants); contractual agreements (loss compensation service); and support of system integrity and security (reactive power, or spinning and operating reserves).

Anthracite: The highest rank of coal; it is hard, brittle, and black lustrous, often referred to as hard coal, containing a high percentage of fixed carbon and a low percentage of volatile matter. The moisture content of fresh-mined anthracite generally is less than 15 percent. The heat content of anthracite ranges from 22 to 28 million Btu per ton on a moist, mineral-matter-free basis.

API: American Petroleum Institute.

APP: Affiliated Power Producer.

APPA: American Public Power Association.

AQI: Air Quality Index.

ARAM: Automatic rate adjustment mechanism. This term applies to decoupling.

Area of Review: In the UIC program, the area surrounding an injection well that is reviewed during the permitting process to determine if flow between aquifers will be induced by the injection operation.

ARR: Auction Revenue Rights.

Ash: Impurities consisting of silica, iron, alumina, and other non-combustible matter contained in coal. Ash increases the weight of coal, adds to the cost of handling, and can affect its burning characteristics. Ash content is measured as a percent by weight of coal on a "received" or a "dry" (moisture-free, usually part of a laboratory analysis) basis.

ATC: Available Transfer Capacity.

Attainment area: An area considered to have air quality as good as or better than the national ambient air quality standards.

Average revenue per kilowatt-hour: The average revenue per kilowatt-hour of electricity sold by sector (residential, commercial, industrial, or other) and geographic area (state, census division, and national), is calculated by dividing the total monthly revenue by the corresponding total monthly sales for each sector and geographic area.

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BACT: Best Available Control Technology An emission limitation based on the maximum degree of emission reduction achievable through application of production processes and available methods, systems, and techniques.

Barrel: A volumetric unit of measure for crude oil and petroleum products equivalent to 42 U.S. gallons.

Base bill: A charge calculated through multiplication of the rate from the appropriate electric rate schedule by the level of consumption.

Baseload: The minimum amount of electric power delivered or required over a given period of time at a steady rate.

Baseload capacity: The generating equipment normally operated to serve loads on an around-the-clock basis.

Baseload plant: A plant normally operated to take all or part of the minimum load of a system, and which consequently produces electricity at an essentially constant rate and runs continuously. These units are operated to maximize system mechanical and thermal efficiency and minimize system operating costs.

Bbl: The abbreviation for barrel.

Bcf: The abbreviation for 1 billion cubic feet.

BFW: Boiler feed water Extremely pure water used to produce steam for electricity generation. Continuously recycled.

Bilateral agreement: Written statement signed by a pair of communicating parties that specifies what data may be exchanged between them.

Bilateral contract: A direct contract between the power producer and user or broker outside of a centralized power pool or power exchange.

Bituminous coal: A dense coal used primarily as fuel in steam-electric power generation, with substantial quantities also used for heat and power applications in manufacturing and to make coke. Bituminous coal is the most abundant coal in active U.S. mining regions.

Bottom ash: The non-airborne combustion residue from burning pulverized coal in a boiler; the material which falls to the bottom of the boiler and is removed mechanically.

Bp: Basis point.

BPA: Bonneville Power Administration.

Broker: An entity that arranges the sale and purchase of electric energy, transmission, and other services between buyers and sellers, but does not take title to any of the power sold.

Btu (British thermal unit): A standard unit for measuring the quantity of heat energy equal to the quantity of heat required to raise the temperature of 1 pound of water by 1 degree Fahrenheit.

Bundled utility service: All generation, transmission, and distribution services provided by one entity for a single charge. This would include ancillary services and retail services.

BWR: Boiling water reactor (nuclear).

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CAA: Clean Air Act.

CAAA: CAA Amendments of 1990.

CAIDI: Customer Average Interruption Duration Index, the average time to restore service in a sustained outage.

CAFE: Corporate Average Fuel Economy relates to fuel efficiency in motor vehicles.

California Power Exchange (Cal-PX): The California Power Exchange Corporation, a state chartered, non-profit corporation charged with providing day-ahead and hour-ahead markets for energy and ancillary services, if it chooses to self-provide, in accordance with the power exchange tariff. The power exchange is a scheduling coordinator and is independent of both the independent system operator and all other market participants.

Cap: Capacity

CAISO: California Independent System Operator

Capability: The maximum load that a generating unit, generating station, or other electrical apparatus can carry under specified conditions for a given period of time without exceeding approved limits of temperature and stress.

Capacity: The amount of electric power delivered or required for which a generator, turbine, transformer, transmission circuit, station, or system is rated by the manufacturer.

Capacity (purchased): The amount of energy and capacity available for purchase from outside a system.

Capacity charge: An element in a two-part pricing method used in capacity transactions (energy charge is the other element). The capacity charge, sometimes called demand charge, is assessed on the amount of capacity being purchased.

CBM: Capacity Benefit Margin.

CCA: Conservation Cost Adjustment

CCA: Coal combustion ash

CCB: Coal combustion byproducts

CCP: Coal combustion products

CCS: Carbon capture and storage or carbon capture and sequestration A process in which carbon, usually CO2 , is removed from utility emissions and confined in a manner to prevent loss to the atmosphere.

CDD: Cooling Degree Day.

CECA: Consumer Energy Council of America.

CED: Customer Energy Demand.

Census divisions: The nine geographic divisions of the United States established by the Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce, for the purpose of statistical analysis. The boundaries of census divisions coincide with state boundaries. The Pacific Division is subdivided into the Pacific Contiguous and Pacific Noncontiguous areas.

CERCLA: Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act also known as Superfund.

CFCs: Chlorofluorocarbons.

Cfs: Cubic feet per second.

CFR: Code of Federal Regulations.

CHP: Combined heat and power.

Circuit: A conductor or a system of conductors through which electric current flows.

Clean coal technology: Any technology not in widespread use prior to the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990.

CO2: Carbon dioxide A normal product of burning any material containing carbon. CO2 is active in the atmosphere as a greenhouse gas.

Coal: A readily combustible black or brownish-black rock with a composition, including inherent moisture, consisting of more than 50 percent by weight and more than 70 percent by volume of carbonaceous material. It is formed from plant remains that have been compacted, hardened, chemically altered, and metamorphosed by heat and pressure over geologic time.

Coal gasification: Conversion of coal to a gaseous product by one of several available technologies.

CFR: Code of Federal Regulations Document at codifies all rules of the executive departments and agencies of the federal government.

Cogenerator: A generating facility that produces electricity and another form of useful thermal energy (such as heat or steam), used for industrial, commercial, heating, or cooling purposes. To receive status as a qualifying facility (QF) under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA), the facility must produce electric energy and "another form of useful thermal energy through the sequential use of energy," and meet certain ownership, operating, and efficiency criteria established by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). (See the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 18, Part 292.)

COD: Commercial operation date The actual date a generating unit is put into commercial service.

Coincidental demand: The sum of two or more demands that occur in the same time interval.

Coincidental peak load: The sum of two or more peak loads that occur in the same time interval.

Coke (petroleum): A residue high in carbon content and low in hydrogen that is the final product of thermal decomposition in the condensation process in cracking.

Combined cycle: An electric generating technology in which electricity is produced from otherwise lost waste heat exiting from one or more gas (combustion) turbines. The exiting heat is routed to a conventional boiler or to a heat recovery steam generator for utilization by a steam turbine in the production of electricity. This process increases the efficiency of the electric generating unit.

Combined pumped-storage plant: A pumped-storage hydroelectric power plant that uses both pumped water and natural stream flow to produce electricity.

Commercial: The commercial sector is generally defined as non-manufacturing business establishments, including hotels, motels, restaurants, wholesale businesses, retail stores, and health, social, and educational institutions. The utility may classify commercial service as all consumers whose demand or annual use exceeds some specified limit. The limit may be set by the utility based on the rate schedule of the utility.

Commercial operation: Commercial operation begins when control of the loading of the generator is turned over to the system dispatcher.

Competitive transition charge: A non-bypassable charge levied on each customer of a distribution utility, including those who are served under contracts with non-utility suppliers, for recovery of a utility's transition costs.

Compliance coal: Any coal that emits less than 1.2 pounds of sulfur dioxide per million Btu when burned.

Congestion: A condition that occurs when insufficient transfer capacity is available to implement all of the preferred schedules for electricity transmission simultaneously.

Consumption (fuel): The amount of fuel used for gross generation, providing standby service, start-up and/or flame stabilization.

Contract price: Price of fuels marketed on a contract basis covering a period of 1 or more years. Contract prices reflect market conditions at the time the contract was negotiated and therefore remain constant throughout the life of the contract or are adjusted through escalation clauses. Generally, contract prices do not fluctuate widely.

Contract receipts: Fuel purchases based on a negotiated agreement that generally covers a period of 1 or more years.

Cooling tower: Device which dissipates the heat from water-cooled systems by spraying the water through streams of rapidly moving air.

Cooperative electric utility: An electric utility legally established to be owned by and operated for the benefit of those using its service. The utility company will generate, transmit, and/or distribute supplies of electric energy to a specified area not being serviced by another utility. Such ventures are generally exempt from federal income tax laws. Most electric cooperatives have been initially financed by the Rural Electrification Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Cost-of-service regulation: Traditional electric utility regulation under which a utility is allowed to set rates based on the cost of providing service to customers and the right to earn a limited profit.

CPI: Consumer Price Index.

Criteria Pollutants: EPA has identified and set standards for six pollutants/:/ ozone, carbon monoxide, total suspended particulates, sulfur dioxide, lead, and nitrogen oxide. The term, criteria pollutants derives from the requirement that EPA must describe the characteristics and potential health and welfare effected of these pollutants.

CRR: Congestion Revenue Rights.

CTA: Competitive Transmission Assessment.

Current (electric): A flow of electrons in an electrical conductor. The strength or rate of movement of the electricity is measured in amperes.

Customer choice: Allowing all customers to purchase kilowatt-hours of electricity from any of a number of companies that compete with each other.

CWA: Clean Water Act.

CWIP: Construction Work in Progress an alternative ratemaking tool that allows a utility to begin cost recovery for a capital project that is not yet used and useful.

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Day-ahead market: The forward market for energy and ancillary services to be supplied during the settlement period of a particular trading day that is conducted by the Independent System Operator, the power exchange, and other Scheduling Coordinators. This market closes with the Independent System Operator's acceptance of the final day-ahead schedule.

D&P: Duff and Phelps (rating agency).

Day-ahead schedule: A schedule prepared by a scheduling coordinator or the Independent System Operator before the beginning of a trading day. This schedule indicates the levels of generation and demand scheduled for each settlement period that trading day.

DC: Direct current.

DD: Degree day.

Delivery only providers: Owners and/or operators of transmission and distribution system equipment who provide billing and related energy services for the transmission and delivery of electricity.

Demand: The rate at which energy is delivered to loads and scheduling points by generation, transmission, and distribution facilities.

Demand bid: A bid into the power exchange indicating a quantity of energy or an ancillary service that an eligible customer is willing to purchase and, if relevant, the maximum price that the customer is willing to pay.

Demand-side management: The planning, implementation, and monitoring of utility activities designed to encourage consumers to modify patterns of electricity usage, including the timing and level of electricity demand. It refers only to energy and load-shape modifying activities that are undertaken in response to utility-administered programs. It does not refer to energy and load-shape changes arising from the normal operation of the marketplace or from government-mandated energy-efficiency standards. Demand-side management (DSM) covers the complete range of load-shape objectives, including strategic conservation and load management, as well as strategic load growth.

Deregulation: The elimination of regulation from a previously regulated industry or sector of an industry. In the electric industry, many states deregulated to a competitive retail environment in the 1990s, but that tide began to reverse after a flawed market structure and other externalities resulted in three-figure cost percentage increases for California retail customers in 2000 and 2001.

Direct access: The ability of a retail customer to purchase commodity electricity directly from the wholesale market rather than through a local distribution utility.

DISCO: Distribution-only company.

Distribution: The delivery of electricity to retail customers (including homes, businesses, etc.).

Divestiture: The stripping off of one utility function from the others by selling (spinning-off) or in some other way changing the ownership of the assets related to that function. Stripping off is most commonly associated with spinning off generation assets so they are no longer owned by the shareholders that own the transmission and distribution assets.

DOE: U.S. Department of Energy.

DR: Demand response.

DRP: Dividend Reinvestment Plan.

DSM: Demand side management.

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ECRM: Energy cost recovery mechanism.

EEI: Edison Electric Institute.

EER: Energy Efficiency Ratio.

Effluent guidelines: Technical EPA documents which set effluent limitations for given industries and pollutants.

EIA: Energy Information Administration the educational arm of the U.S. Department of Energy.

EISA: Energy Independence and Security Act.

Electric plant (physical): A facility containing prime movers, electric generators, and auxiliary equipment for converting mechanical, chemical and/or fission energy into electric energy.

Electric rate schedule: A statement of the electric rate and the terms and conditions governing its application, including attendant contract terms and conditions that have been accepted by a regulatory body with appropriate oversight authority.

Electric service provider: An entity that provides electric service to a retail or end-use customer.

Electric utility: A corporation, person, agency, authority, or other legal entity or instrumentality that owns and/or operates facilities for the generation, transmission, distribution, or sale of electric energy primarily for use by the public. In the U.S. (including its territories and Puerto Rico), an electric utility files forms listed in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 18, Part 141. Facilities that qualify as co-generators or small power producers under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) are not considered electric utilities.

Electromagnetic Fields (EMF): Electric and magnetic fields (EMFs) are invisible lines of force associated with the production, transmission, and use of electric power such as those associated with high-voltage transmission lines, secondary power lines, and home wiring and lighting. Electric and magnetic fields also arise from the motors and heating coils found in electronic equipment and appliances.

Emission: Pollution discharged into the atmosphere from smokestacks, other vents, and surface areas of commercial or industrial facilities; from residential chimneys; and from motor vehicle, locomotive, or aircraft exhausts.

Emission standard: The maximum amount of air polluting discharge legally allowed from a single source, mobile or stationary.

Emissions trading: The creation of surplus emissions reductions at certain stacks, vents, or similar emissions sources and the use of this surplus to meet or redefine pollution requirements applicable to other emissions sources. This allows one source to increase emissions when another source reduces them, maintaining an overall constant emissions-level. Facilities that reduce emission substantially may bank their credits or sell them to other facilities or industries.

Energy charge: That portion of the charge for electric service based upon the electric energy (kWh) consumed or billed.

Energy deliveries: Energy generated by one electric utility system and delivered to another system through one or more transmission lines.

Energy efficiency: Refers to programs that are aimed at reducing the energy used by specific end-use devices and systems, typically without affecting the services provided. These programs reduce overall electricity consumption (reported in megawatt-hours), often without explicit consideration for the timing of program-induced savings. Such savings are generally achieved by substituting technically more advanced equipment to produce the same level of end-use services (e.g. lighting, heating, motor drive) with less electricity. Examples include high-efficiency appliances, efficient lighting programs, high-efficiency heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems or control modifications, efficient building design, advanced electric motor drives, and heat recovery systems.

Energy-only providers: Power marketers or other electricity vendors who provide an unbundled service and bill for only the energy component of the electricity consumed by the end-use customer.

Energy receipts: Energy generated by one electric utility system and received by another system through one or more transmission lines.

Energy source: The primary source that provides the power that is converted to electricity through chemical, mechanical, or other means. Energy sources include coal, petroleum and petroleum products, gas, water, uranium, wind, sunlight, geothermal, and other sources.

EOR: Enhanced oil recovery or EGR (Enhanced Gas Recovery) the introduction of a material (often CO2) to increase the pressure in an oil or gas reservoir allowing for the production of petroleum otherwise not economically feasible to recover.

EPACT: The Energy Policy Act of 1992 addresses a wide variety of energy issues. The legislation creates a new class of power generators, exempt wholesale generators, that are exempt from the provisions of the Public Holding Company Act of 1935 and grants the authority to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to order and condition access by eligible parties to the interconnected transmission grid.

EPACT 05: The Energy Policy Act of 2005 addresses a wide variety of energy issues. One primary factor affecting the electric industry was the creation of National Interest Transmission Corridors providing FERC backstop siting authority to supersede state commission authority when siting delays occur on transmission projects proposed to alleviate severe congestion in key reliability risk areas of the country.

EPCRA: Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act.

EPRI: Electric Power Research Institute A research operation supported by US Utilities to discover, develop, and deliver high value technological advances through networking and partnership with the electricity industry.

EPS: Earnings per share.

ERA: Economic Regulatory Administration.

ERCOT: Electric Reliability Council of Texas.

ESA: Endangered Species Act.

ESP: Electrostatic precipitator An air pollution control technology to remove particulate matter from flue gas.

ESP: Energy Service Provider.

Exchange energy: Specific electricity transactions between electric utilities wherein a barter of energy for energy occurs and money is used merely to settle minor imbalances at the end of a stated period.

Exempt wholesale generator (EWG): Created under the 1992 Energy Policy Act, these wholesale generators are exempt from certain financial and legal restrictions stipulated in the Public Utilities Holding Company Act of 1935.

Extra-high Voltage (EHV): The highest category of transmission. Classifications for EHV transmission vary, largely depending on geographic region. EHV is most often considered 345-kV and above.

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Facility: An existing or planned location or site at which prime movers, electric generators, and/or equipment for converting mechanical, chemical, and/or nuclear energy into electric energy are situated, or will be situated. A facility may contain more than one generator of either the same or different prime mover type. For a co-generator, the facility includes the industrial or commercial process.

Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA): This organization coordinates federal assistance efforts following natural or manmade disasters.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC): A quasi-independent regulatory agency within the Department of Energy having jurisdiction over interstate electricity sales, wholesale electric rates, hydroelectric licensing, natural gas pricing, oil pipeline rates, and gas pipeline certification.

Federal Power Act: Enacted in 1920, and amended in 1935, it expanded the Federal Water Power Act (which had controlled licensing of non-federal hydroelectric projects), to include regulating the interstate transmission of electrical energy and wholesale rates in interstate commerce. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is now charged with the administration of this law.

Federal Power Commission: The predecessor agency of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The Federal Power Commission (FPC) was created by an Act of Congress under the Federal Water Power Act on June 10, 1920. It was charged originally with regulating the electric power and natural gas industries. The FPC was abolished on September 20, 1977, when the Department of Energy was created. The functions of the FPC were divided between the Department of Energy and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

FERC: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

FGD: Flue Gas Desulfurization (SO2 removal) An air pollution control technology to remove SO2 from flue gas. Commonly called a scrubber.

Firm gas: Gas sold on a continuous and generally long-term contract.

Firm power: Power or power-producing capacity intended to be available at all times during the period covered by a guaranteed commitment to deliver, even under adverse conditions.

Flue gas desulfurization unit (scrubber): Equipment used to remove sulfur oxides from the combustion gases of a boiler plant before discharge to the atmosphere. Chemicals, such as lime, are used as the scrubbing media.

Flue gas particulate collectors: Equipment used to remove fly ash from the combustion gases of a boiler plant before discharge to the atmosphere. Particulate collectors include electrostatic precipitators, mechanical collectors (cyclones), fabric filters (baghouses), and wet scrubbers.

Fly ash: Particulate matter from coal ash in which the particle diameter is less than 1 x 10-4 meter. This is removed from the flue gas using flue gas particulate collectors such as fabric filters and electrostatic precipitators.

Forced outage: The shutdown of a generating unit, transmission line or other facility for emergency reasons or a condition in which the generating equipment is unavailable for load due to unanticipated breakdown.

Fossil fuel: Any naturally occurring organic fuel, such as petroleum, coal, and natural gas.

Fossil-fuel plant: A plant using coal, petroleum, or gas as its source of energy.

Fuel: Any substance that can be burned to produce heat; also, materials that can be employed in a nuclear fission process to produce heat. Renewable fuels include wind, solar radiation and hydrokinetics.

Fuel adjustment clause (FAC): A rider or tracker added to a customer bill to provide a direct pass-through of utility fuel costs. The utility does not earn a return on the costs.

Fuel expenses: These costs include the fuel used in the production of steam or driving another prime mover for the generation of electricity. Other associated expenses include unloading the shipped fuel and all handling of the fuel up to the point where it enters the first bunker, hopper, bucket, tank, or holder in the boiler-house structure.

Full-forced outage: The net capability of main generating units that is unavailable for load for emergency reasons.

Full service providers: Utilities, municipalities, cooperatives and others who provide both electricity generation and the transmission services necessary to delivery it to end-use customers.

Futures market: Arrangement through a contract for the delivery of a commodity at a future time and at a price specified at the time of purchase. The price is based on an auction or market basis. This is a standardized, exchange-traded, and government regulated hedging mechanism.

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Gas: A fuel burned under boilers and by internal combustion engines for electric generation. These include natural, manufactured and waste gas.

Gas turbine plant: A plant in which the prime mover is a gas turbine. A gas turbine consists typically of an axial-flow air compressor, one or more combustion chambers, where liquid or gaseous fuel is burned and the hot gases are passed to the turbine and where the hot gases expand to drive the generator and are then used to run the compressor.

Generally Accepted Accounting Procedures (GAAP): Standard accounting protocols required to meet regulatory obligations.

Generating unit: Any combination of physically connected generator(s), reactor(s), boiler(s), combustion turbine(s), or other prime mover(s) operated together to produce electric power.

Generation (electricity): The process of producing electric energy by transforming other forms of energy; also, the amount of electric energy produced, expressed in watt-hours (Wh most often kilowatt- or megawatt-hours).

Generation company (GENCO): A regulated or non-regulated entity (depending upon the industry structure) that operates and maintains existing generating plants. The generation company may own the generation plants or interact with the short-term market on behalf of plant owners. In the context of restructuring the market for electricity, the generation company is sometimes used to describe a specialized "marketer" for the generating plants formerly owned by a vertically-integrated utility.

Gross generation: The total amount of electric energy produced by the generating units at a generating station or stations, measured at the generator terminals.

Generator: A machine that converts mechanical energy into electrical energy.

Generator nameplate capacity: The full-load continuous rating of a generator, prime mover, or other electric power production equipment under specific conditions as designated by the manufacturer. Installed generator nameplate rating is usually indicated on a nameplate physically attached to the generator.

Geothermal plant: A plant in which the prime mover is a steam turbine. The turbine is driven either by steam produced from hot water or by natural steam that derives its energy from heat found in rocks or fluids at various depths beneath the surface of the earth. The energy is extracted by drilling and/or pumping.

GHG: Greenhouse gas A gas, the presence of which in the atmosphere is associated with contributing to the potential for the atmosphere to retain heat. The common GHGs are CO2, Methane, Nitrous Oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and sulfur hexafluoride. Water vapor is also a highly important greenhouse substance.

Gigawatt (GW): One billion watts.

Gigawatt-hour (GWh): One billion watt-hours.

Greenhouse effect: The increasing mean global surface temperature of the earth caused by gases in the atmosphere (including carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, ozone, and chlorofluorocarbon). The greenhouse effect allows solar radiation to penetrate but absorbs the infrared radiation returning to space.

Greenhouse gas: The principal greenhouse gases that enter the atmosphere because of human activities are carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and flourinated gases (e.g., SF6).

Grid: The layout of an electrical distribution system.

Gross generation: The total amount of electric energy produced by a generating facility, as measured at the generator terminals.

GT: Gas turbine An electric generator using the hot gases resulting from the burning of gas to drive a turbine, much like a jet engine.

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HDD: Heating degree day.

Heat pump: An electric device with both heating and cooling capabilities. It extracts heat from one medium at a lower (the heat source) temperature and transfers it to another at a higher temperature (heat sink), thereby cooling the first and warming the second.

Heavy oil: The fuel oils remaining after the lighter oils have been distilled off during the refining process. Except for start-up and flame stabilization, virtually all petroleum used in steam plants is heavy oil.

Hedging contracts: Contracts which establish future prices and quantities of electricity independent of the short-term market. Derivatives may be used for this purpose.

Hg: Mercury A trace material found in coal that is subject to new air quality reduction requirements on coal-fired generation.

HHV: Higher heating value basis.

High-level nuclear waste facility: Plant designed to handle disposal of used nuclear fuel, high-level radioactive waste and plutonium waste.

High-level nuclear waste: Waste generated in core fuel of a nuclear reactor, found at nuclear reactors or by nuclear fuel reprocessing; is a serious threat to anyone who comes near the waste without shielding.

HRSG: Heat recovery steam generator A generation technology using the leftover heat from a Gas Turbine to drive a steam electric generator.

Hydroelectric plant: A plant in which the turbine generators are driven by falling water, typically in a river.

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IEEE: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

IGCC: Integrated gasification combined cycle A new technology that uses a physical process to produce a gas fuel from coal followed by a gas turbine and a heat recovery steam generator.

Independent power producers (IPPs): Entities that are also considered non-utility power producers in the United States. These facilities are wholesale electricity producers that operate within the franchised service territories of host utilities and are usually authorized to sell at market-based rates. Unlike traditional electric utilities, Independent Power Producers do not possess transmission facilities or sell electricity in the retail market.

Independent system operator (ISO): An independent, federally-regulated entity that coordinates regional transmission in a non-discriminatory manner and ensures the safety and reliability of the electric system.

Industrial: The industrial sector is generally defined as manufacturing, construction, mining agriculture, fishing and forestry establishments/:/ Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes 01-39. The utility may classify industrial service using the SIC codes, or based on demand or annual usage exceeding some specified limit. The limit may be set by the utility based on the rate schedule of the utility.

Injection well: A well into which fluids are injected for the purposes such as waste disposal, improving the recovery of crude oil, CO2 storage or solution mining.

Intermediate load (electric system): The range from base load to a point between base load and peak. This point may be the midpoint, a percent of the peak load, or the load over a specified time period.

Interruptible load: Refers to program activities that, in accordance with contractual arrangements, can interrupt consumer load at times of seasonal peak load by direct control of the utility system operator or by action of the consumer at the direct request of the system operator. It usually involves commercial and industrial consumers. In some instances the load reduction may be affected by direct action of the system operator (remote tripping) after notice to the consumer in accordance with contractual provisions. Interruptible Load as defined here excludes Direct Load Control and Other Load Management.

Investor-owned utility: A class of utility with publicly traded stock and which is organized as a tax-paying business, usually financed by the sale of securities in the capital market. It is regulated and authorized to achieve an allowed rate of return.

IOGCC: Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.

IOU: Investor-owned utility.

ISFSI: Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation.

ITC: Independent Transmission Co.

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Kilowatt (kW): One thousand watts.

Kilowatt-hour (kWh): One thousand watt-hours.

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LDU: Local distribution utility.

Lignite: The lowest rank of coal, often referred to as brown coal, used almost exclusively as fuel for steam-electric power generation.

Load (electric): The amount of electric power delivered or required at any specific point or points on a system. The requirement originates at the energy-consuming equipment of the consumers.

Locational marginal pricing (LMP): A transmission pricing mechanism in which the cost causer of a transmission congestion point pays a higher rate for transmission access than those in areas not congested.

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Market-based pricing: Electric service prices determined in an open market system of supply and demand under which the price is set solely by agreement as to what a buyer will pay and a seller will accept. Such prices could recover less or more than full costs, depending upon what the buyer and seller see as their relevant opportunities and risks.

Market clearing price: The price at which supply equals demand for the day ahead and/or hour ahead markets.

Maximum achievable control technology (MACT): The emission standard for sources of air pollution requiring the maximum reduction of hazardous emission, taking cost and feasibility into account.

Maximum demand: The greatest of all demands of the load that has occurred within a specified period of time.

MEA: Monoethanolamine A chemical used for CO2 capture in purifying natural gas to pipeline quality. A possible process for removing CO2 from coal fired utility emissions.

Megawatt (MW): One million watts.

Megawatt-hour (MWh): One million watt-hours.

Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO): ISO operating in the upper Midwest and Manitoba.

Monopoly: One seller of electricity with control over market sales.

MSHA: Mine Safety and Health Act.

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NAAQS:National Ambient Air Quality Standard: standards that apply for outdoor air throughout the country.

NARUC: National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.

NASUCA: National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates.

Natural gas: A naturally occurring mixture of hydrocarbon and non-hydrocarbon gases found in porous geological formations beneath the earth's surface, often in association with petroleum. The principal constituent is methane.

NCA: National Coal Association.

NCSL: National Conference of State Legislatures.

NEA: National Energy Act of 1978.

NEC: National Electrical Code.

NEI: Nuclear Energy Institute.

NEPA: National Environmental Policy Act.

NEPOOL: New England Power Pool.

NERC: North American Electric Reliability Council a quasi-governmental organization appointed by FERC to oversee U.S. grid reliability, as per EPAct 05.

Net capability: The maximum load-carrying ability of the equipment, exclusive of station use, under specified conditions for a given time interval, independent of the characteristics of the load. (Capability is determined by design characteristics, physical conditions, adequacy of prime mover, energy supply, and operating limitations such as cooling and circulating water supply and temperature, headwater and tailwater elevations, and electrical use.)

Net generation: Gross generation minus plant use from all electric utility owned plants. The energy required for pumping at a pumped-storage plant is regarded as plant use and must be deducted from the gross generation.

Net summer capability: The steady hourly output that generating equipment is expected to supply to system load exclusive of auxiliary power, as demonstrated by tests at the time of summer peak demand.

NSR: New Source Review A Clean Air Act requirement that State Implementation Plans must include a permit review that applies to the construction and operation of new and modified stationary sources in non-attainment areas to ensure attainment of national ambient air quality standards.

Net winter capability: The steady hourly output that generating equipment is expected to supply to system load exclusive of auxiliary power, as demonstrated by tests at the time of winter peak demand.

NGO: Non Governmental Organization An organization that is not directly funded by a government entity and is usually composed of volunteers.

Non-attainment area: Area that does not meet one or more of the NAAQS for the criteria pollutants designated in the Clean Air Act.

Non-coincidental peak load: The sum of two or more peak loads on individual systems that do not occur in the same time interval. Meaningful only when considering loads within a limited period of time, such as a day, week, month, a heating or cooling season, and usually for not more than one year.

Non-contact cooling water: Water used for cooling which does not come into direct contact with any raw material, product, byproduct, or waste.

Non-firm power: Power or power-producing capacity supplied or available under a commitment having limited or no assured availability.

Non-utility power producer: A corporation, person, agency, authority, or other legal entity or instrumentality that owns electric generating capacity and is not an electric utility. Non-utility power producers include qualifying co-generators, qualifying small power producers, and other non-utility generators (including independent power producers) without a designated franchised service area, and which do not file forms listed in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 18, Part 141.

NOPR: Notice of (FERC) Proposed Rulemaking.

North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB): Voluntary organization working to establish electric and natural gas utility business standards industry-wide.

NOx: Nitrogen oxides A compound existing in the exhaust of a combustion source. NOx emissions requires control under federal and state regulations.

NPDES: National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (waste-water permits)

NRC: Nuclear Regulatory Commission (EEI)

NRDC: Natural Resources Defense Council, a national NGO. (Kristy)

NRECA: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (EEI)

Nuclear fuel: Fissionable materials that have been enriched to such a composition that, when placed in a nuclear reactor, will support a self-sustaining fission chain reaction, producing heat in a controlled manner for process use. (EIA)

Nuclear power plant: A facility in which heat produced in a reactor by fission of nuclear fuel is used to drive a steam turbine. (EIA)

NUG: Non-utility generator.

NWPA: Nuclear Waste Policy Act.

NYISO: New York Independent System Operator.

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O2: Oxygen a gas making up roughly 20% of the atmosphere.

O3: Ozone In the troposphere (the layer extending up 7 to 10 miles from the earths surface), ozone is a chemical oxidant and a major component of photochemical smog. It can seriously impair the respiratory system and is one of the most widespread of all the criteria pollutants for which the Clean Air Act requires standards.

OASIS: Open Access Same-time Information System computerized system availability information used to ensure nondiscriminatory transmission system access.

Ohm: The unit of measurement of electrical resistance. The resistance of a circuit in which a potential difference of 1 volt produces a current of 1 ampere.

OPA: Oil Pollution Act.

Open access: A regulatory mandate to allow others to use a utility's transmission and distribution facilities to move bulk power from one point to another on a nondiscriminatory basis for a cost-based fee.

Operable nuclear unit: A nuclear unit is "operable" after it completes low-power testing and is granted authorization to operate at full power. This occurs when it receives its full power amendment to its operating license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

OSHA: Occupational Safety and Health Act or Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

OTC: Over-the-counter trading, including derivatives.

Outage: The period during which a generating unit, transmission line, or other facility is out of service.

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PBR: Performance Based Rates, a form of alternative ratemaking.

PC: Pulverized coal Coal crushed to the consistency of face powder. In the utility industry PC usually refers to the production of electrical power using boilers at specific pressure and temperatures. Generally an older technology not as efficient as later generation methods.

PCB: Poly-chlorinated biphenyls.

Peak demand: The maximum load during a specified period of time.

Peak load plant: A plant normally used only during the peak-load periods. Such plants may be newer natural gas plants (which are cheaper and faster to build than most baseload plants), or they may be older, low-efficiency steam units diesels or pumped-storage hydroelectric plants.

Peaking capacity: Capacity of generating equipment normally reserved for operation during the hours of highest daily, weekly, or seasonal loads. Some generating equipment may be operated at certain times as peaking capacity and at other times to serve loads on an around-the-clock basis.

Permeability: The rate at which liquids pass through soil or other materials in a specific direction.

Petroleum: A mixture of hydrocarbons existing in the liquid state found in natural underground reservoirs, often associated with gas. Petroleum includes fuel oil No. 2, No. 4, No. 5, No. 6; topped crude; kerosene; and jet fuel.

Petroleum coke: See coke (petroleum).

Petroleum (crude oil): A naturally occurring, oily, flammable liquid composed principally of hydrocarbons. Crude oil is occasionally found in springs or pools but usually is drilled from wells beneath the earth's surface.

Planned generator: A proposal by a company to install electric generating equipment at an existing or planned facility or site. The proposal is based on the owner having obtained (1) all environmental and regulatory approvals, (2) a signed contract for the electric energy, or (3) financial closure for the facility.

Plant: A facility at which are located prime movers, electric generators, and auxiliary equipment for converting mechanical, chemical, and/or nuclear energy into electric energy. A plant may contain more than one type of prime mover. Electric utility plants exclude facilities that satisfy the definition of a qualifying facility under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978.

Plant use: The electric energy used in the operation of a plant. Included in this definition is the energy required for pumping at pumped-storage plants.

Plant-use electricity: The electric energy used in the operation of a plant. This energy total is subtracted from the gross energy production of the plant; for reporting purposes the plant energy production is then reported as a net figure. The energy required for pumping at pumped-storage plants is, by definition, subtracted, and the energy production for these plants is then reported as a net figure.

Pollution Prevention: Identifying areas, processes or activities that create excessive waste products or pollutants in order to reduce or prevent them through, alteration, or eliminating a process.

POLR: Provider of last resort.

Porosity: Degree to which soil, gravel, sediment or rock is permeated with pores or cavities though which water or air can move.

Power: The rate at which energy is transferred. Electrical energy is usually measured in watts. Also, used for a measurement of capacity.

Power exchange: The entity that will establish a competitive spot market for electric power through day- and/or hour-ahead auction of generation and demand bids.

Power marketers: Business entities engaged in buying, selling, and marketing electricity. Power marketers do not usually own generating or transmission facilities. Power marketers, as opposed to brokers, take ownership of the electricity and are involved in interstate trade. These entities file with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for status as a power marketer.

Power pool: An association of two or more interconnected electric systems having an agreement to coordinate operations and planning for improved reliability and efficiencies.

PPA: Power purchase agreements

ppm: Parts per million unit of measure commonly used to express contamination ratios.

ppb: Parts per billion unit of measure commonly used to express contamination ratios.

PRB: Powder River Basin coal Sub bituminous coal from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming.

Precipitator: Pollution control device that collects particles from an air stream.

Price: The amount of money or consideration-in-kind for which a service is bought, sold, or offered for sale.

Prime mover: The engine, turbine, water wheel, or similar machine that drives an electric generator; or, for reporting purposes, a device that converts energy to electricity directly (e.g., photovoltaic solar and fuel cell(s)).

Process wastewater: Any water that comes into contact with any raw material product, by-product, or waste.

Profit: The income remaining after all business expenses are paid.

Providers of bundled retail energy: Similar to full service providers, except for their operation in deregulated markets, as in Texas (Retail Electricity Providers).

PSC: Public service commission.

PSI: Pounds per square inch A normal measure of pressure.

Public authority service to public authorities: Public authority service includes electricity supplied and services rendered to municipalities or divisions or agencies of state or federal governments, under special contracts or agreements or service classifications applicable only to public authorities.

Public street and highway lighting: Public street and highway lighting includes electricity supplied and services rendered for the purposes of lighting streets, highways, parks, and other public places; or for traffic or other signal system service, for municipalities, or other divisions or agencies of State or Federal governments.

PUHCA: Public Utilities Holding Company Act of 1935.

Pumped-storage hydroelectric plant: A plant that usually generates electric energy during peak-load periods by using water previously pumped into an elevated storage reservoir during off-peak periods when excess generating capacity is available to do so. When additional generating capacity is needed, the water can be released from the reservoir through a conduit to turbine generators located in a power plant at a lower level.

Purchased power adjustment: A clause in a rate schedule that provides for adjustments to the bill when energy from another electric system is acquired and it varies from a specified unit base amount.

Pure pumped-storage hydroelectric plant: A plant that produces power only from water that has previously been pumped to an upper reservoir.

PURPA: The Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978. This statute requires states to implement utility conservation programs and create special markets for co-generators and small producers who meet certain standards, including the requirement that states set the prices and quantities of power the utilities must buy from such facilities.

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Qualifying facility (QF): A cogeneration or small power production facility that meets certain ownership, operating, and efficiency criteria established by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) pursuant to the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA).

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Railroad and railway services: Railroad and railway services include electricity supplied and services rendered to railroads and interurban and street railways, for general railroad use, including the propulsion of cars or locomotives, where such electricity is supplied under separate and distinct rate schedules.

Rate base: The value of property upon which a utility is permitted to earn a specified rate of return as established by a regulatory authority. The rate base generally represents the value of property used by the utility in providing service and may be calculated by any one or a combination of the following accounting methods/:/ fair value, prudent investment, reproduction cost, or original cost. Depending on which method is used, the rate base includes cash, working capital, materials and supplies, and deductions for accumulated provisions for depreciation, contributions in aid of construction, customer advances for construction, accumulated deferred income taxes, and accumulated deferred investment tax credits.

Ratemaking authority: A utility commission's legal authority to fix, modify, approve, or disapprove rates, as determined by the powers given the commission by a state or federal legislature.

RCRA: Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

REA: Rural Electrification Administration.

Reactive power: The portion of electricity that establishes and sustains the electric and magnetic fields of alternating-current equipment. Reactive power must be supplied to most types of magnetic equipment, such as motors and transformers. Reactive power is provided by generators, synchronous condensers, or electrostatic equipment such as capacitors and directly influences electric system voltage. It is a derived value equal to the vector difference between the apparent power and the real power. It is usually expressed as kilovolt-amperes reactive (kVAR) or megavolt-ampere reactive (MVAR). See Apparent Power, Power, Real Power.

Real power: The component of electric power that performs work, typically measured in kilowatts (kW) or megawatts (MW) -- sometimes referred to as active power.

Receipts: Purchases of fuel.

Regional transmission group: A utility industry concept that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission embraced for the certification of voluntary groups that would be responsible for transmission planning and use on a regional basis.

Regulation: The governmental function of controlling or directing economic entities through the process of rulemaking and adjudication.

Reliability: Electric system reliability has two components--adequacy and security. Adequacy is the ability of the electric system to supply to aggregate electrical demand and energy requirements of the customers at all times, taking into account scheduled and unscheduled outages of system facilities. Security is the ability of the electric system to withstand sudden disturbances, such as electric short circuits or unanticipated loss of system facilities. The degree of reliability may be measured by the frequency, duration, and magnitude of adverse effects on consumer services.

Renewable resources: Natural, but flow-limited, resources that can be replenished. They are virtually inexhaustible in duration but limited in the amount of energy that is available per unit of time. Some (such as geothermal and biomass) may be stock-limited in that stocks are depleted by use, but on a time scale of decades, or perhaps centuries, they can probably be replenished. Renewable energy resources include/:/ biomass, hydro, geothermal, solar and wind. In the future, they could also include the use of ocean thermal, wave, and tidal action technologies. Utility renewable resource applications include bulk, on-site, distributed, non-grid-connected electric generation; and demand reduction (energy efficiency) technologies.

REP: Retail Electric Provider.

Re-regulation: The design and implementation of regulatory practices to be applied to the remaining regulated entities after restructuring of the vertically-integrated electric utility. The remaining regulated entities would be those that continue to exhibit characteristics of a natural monopoly, where imperfections in the market prevent the realization of more competitive results, and where, in light of other policy considerations, competitive results are unsatisfactory in one or more respects. Regulation could employ the same or different regulatory practices as those used before restructuring.

Reserve margin (Operating): The amount of unused available capability of an electric power system at peak load for a utility system as a percentage of total capability.

Residential: The residential sector is defined as private household establishments that consume energy primarily for space heating, water heating, air conditioning, lighting, refrigeration, cooking and clothes drying. The classification of an individual consumer's account, where the use is both residential and commercial, is based on principal use. Apartment houses are also included.

Restructuring: The process of replacing a monopoly system of electric utilities with competing sellers, allowing individual retail customers to choose their electricity supplier but still receive delivery over the power lines of the local utility. It includes the reconfiguration of the vertically-integrated electric utility.

Retail: Sales covering electrical energy supplied for residential, commercial, and industrial end-use purposes. Other small classes, such as agriculture and street lighting, also are included in this category.

Retail competition: The concept under which multiple sellers of electric power can sell directly to end-use customers and the process and responsibilities necessary to make it occur.

Retail market: A market in which electricity and other energy services are sold directly to the end-use customer.

Retail wheeling: The process of moving electric power from a point of generation across one or more utility-owned transmission and distribution systems to a retail customer.

Retrofit: Addition of a pollution control device on an existing facility without making major changes to the generating plant. Also called backfit.

Revenue: The total amount of money received by a firm from sales of its products and/or services, gains from the sales or exchange of assets, interest and dividends earned on investments, and other increases in the owner's equity except those arising from capital adjustments.

RMR: Required Must Run a designation for critical baseload power plants.

ROE: Return on equity.

ROR: Rate of return.

ROW: Right-of-way.

RPS: Renewable portfolio standard.

RSC: Regional state committee.

RTO: Regional transmission organization.

Running and quick-start capability: The net capability of generating units that carry load or have quick-start capability. In general, quick-start capability refers to generating units that can be available for load within a 30-minute period.

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SAIDI: System Average Interruption Duration Index, represents the amount of time the average customer is without service due to sustained interruptions over a time period.

Sales: The amount of kilowatt-hours sold in a given period of time; usually grouped by classes of service, such as residential, commercial, industrial, and other. Other sales include public street and highway lighting, other sales to public authorities and railways, and interdepartmental sales.

Sales for resale: Energy supplied to other electric utilities, cooperatives, municipalities, and federal and state electric agencies for resale to end-use consumers.

SARA: Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act

SCADA: Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition.

SCR: Selective Catalytic Reduction (NOx removal) An air pollution control technology for the removal of NOx.

Scheduling coordinators: Entities certified by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that act as a go-between with the Independent System Operator on behalf of generators, supply aggregators (wholesale marketers), retailers, and customers to schedule the distribution of electricity.

Scheduled outage: The shutdown of a generating unit, transmission line, or other facility, for inspection or maintenance, in accordance with an advance schedule.

Scrubber: An air pollution control device that uses a spray of water or reactant to a dry process to trap pollutants in emissions.

SDWA: Safe Drinking Water Act.

Securitization: A proposal for issuing bonds that would be used to buy down existing power contracts or other obligations. The bonds would be repaid by designating a portion of future customer bill payments. Customer bills would be lowered, since the cost of bond payments would be less than the power contract costs that would be avoided.

Securitize: The aggregation of contracts for the purchase of the power output from various energy projects into one pool which then offers shares for sale in the investment market. This strategy diversifies project risks from what they would be if each project were financed individually, thereby reducing the cost of financing. Fannie Mae performs such a function in the home mortgage market.

SIP call: State Implementation Plan Call.

Small power producer (SPP): Under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA), a small power production facility (or small power producer) generates electricity using waste, renewable (water, wind and solar), or geothermal energy as a primary energy source. Fossil fuels can be used, but renewable resource must provide at least 75 percent of the total energy input. (See Code of Federal Regulations, Title 18, Part 292.)

SMD: Standard Market Design a concept put forth in FERC Order 2000.

SO2: Sulfur dioxide The product of the combustion of sulfur containing materials in an oxygen atmosphere. SO2 emissions are subject to federal and state requirements.

SPC: Supercritical pulverized coal A higher pressure and temperature PC technology more efficient than PC.

Spinning reserve: That reserve generating capacity running at a zero load and synchronized to the electric system.

Spot purchases: A single shipment of fuel or volumes of fuel, purchased for delivery within one year. Spot purchases are often made by a user to fulfill a certain portion of energy requirements, to meet unanticipated energy needs, or to take advantage of low-fuel prices.

SPP: Small power producer.

SPP: Southwest Power Pool.

Stability: The property of a system or element by virtue of which its output will ultimately attain a steady state. The amount of power that can be transferred from one machine to another following a disturbance. The stability of a power system is its ability to develop restoring forces equal to or greater than the disturbing forces so as to maintain a state of equilibrium.

Stakeholder: Any organization, government entity, or individual that has a stake in or may be impacted by a given approach to an issue.

Standby facility: A facility that supports a utility system and is generally running under no-load. It is available to replace or supplement a facility normally in service.

Standby service: Support service that is available, as needed, to supplement a consumer, a utility system, or to another utility if a schedule or an agreement authorizes the transaction. The service is not regularly used.

Steam-electric plant (Conventional): A plant in which the prime mover is a steam turbine. The steam used to drive the turbine is produced in a boiler where fossil fuels are burned.

Stocks: A supply of fuel accumulated for future use. This includes coal and fuel oil stocks at the plant site, in coal cars, tanks, or barges at the plant site, or at separate storage sites.

Stranded benefits: Benefits associated with regulated retail electric service which may be at risk under open market retail competition. Examples are conservation programs, fuel diversity, reliability of supply, and tax revenues based on utility revenues.

Stranded costs: Prudent costs incurred by a utility which may not be recoverable under market-based retail competition. Examples are un-depreciated generating facilities, deferred costs, and long-term contract costs.

Sub-bituminous Coal: A coal with properties ranging from those of lignite to those of bituminous coal and are used primarily as fuel for steam-electric power generation.

Substation: Facility equipment that switches, changes, or regulates electric voltage. Also referred to simply as a station.

Sulfur: One of the elements present in varying quantities in coal, which contributes to environmental degradation when coal is burned. Sulfur content is measured as a percent by weight of coal on an "as received" or a "dry" (moisture-free, usually part of a laboratory analysis) basis.

Switching station: Facility equipment used to tie together two or more electric circuits through switches. The switches are selectively arranged to permit a circuit to be disconnected, or to change the electric connection between the circuits.

System (electric): Physically connected generation, transmission, and distribution facilities operated as an integrated unit under one central management, or operating supervision.

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Transformer: An electrical device for changing the voltage of alternating current.

Transmission: The movement or transfer of large voltages of electric energy over an interconnected group of lines and associated equipment between points of supply and points at which it is transformed for delivery to consumers, or is delivered to other electric systems. Transmission is considered to end when the energy is transformed for distribution to the end-use consumer.

Transmission system (electric): An interconnected group of electric transmission lines and associated equipment for moving or transferring electric energy in bulk between points of supply and points at which it is transformed for delivery over the distribution system lines to consumers, or is delivered to other electric systems.

Transmitting utility: This is a regulated entity which owns, and may construct and maintain, wires used to transmit wholesale power. It may or may not handle the power dispatch and coordination functions. It is regulated to provide non-discriminatory connections, comparable service, and cost recovery. According to EPACT, this includes any electric utility, qualifying cogeneration facility, qualifying small power production facility, or Federal power marketing agency which owns or operates electric power transmission facilities which are used for the sale of electric energy at wholesale.)

TCC: Transmission congestion contract.

TOD: Time-of-day pricing.

TOU: Time-of-use rates.

Transco: Transmission company.

TRI: Toxic release inventory Database of toxic releases in the United States compiled under SARA Title III Section 313 reports.

TSCA: Toxic Substances Control Act.

TTC: Total transfer capacity.

Turbine: A machine for generating rotary mechanical power from the energy of a stream of fluid (such as water, steam, or hot gas). Turbines convert the kinetic energy of fluids to mechanical energy through the principles of impulse and reaction, or a mixture of the two.

TVA: Tennessee Valley Authority.

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UIC: Underground Injection Control The program under the Safe Drinking Water Act that regulates the use of wells to pump fluids into the ground.

Unbundling: The separating of the total process of electric power service from generation to metering into its component parts for the purpose of separate pricing or service offerings.

Uniform system of accounts: Prescribed financial rules and regulations established by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for utilities subject to its jurisdiction under the authority granted by the Federal Power Act.

UPS: Uninterruptible power supply.

US of A: Uniform System of Accounts.

Useful thermal output: The thermal energy made available for use in any industrial or commercial process, or used in any heating or cooling application, i.e., total thermal energy made available for processes and applications other than electrical generation.

USPC: Ultra-supercritical pulverized coal See SPC An even higher temperature and pressure technology more efficient than SPC. No U.S. plant has yet employed this technology.

Utility distribution companies: The entities that will continue to provide regulated services for the distribution of electricity to customers and serve customers who do not choose direct access. Regardless of where a consumer chooses to purchase power, the customer's current utility, also known as the utility distribution company, will deliver the power to the consumer's home, business, or farm.

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Vertical integration: An arrangement whereby the same company owns all the different aspects of making, selling, and delivering a product or service. In the electric industry, it refers to the historically common arrangement whereby a utility would own its own generating plants, transmission system, and distribution lines to provide all aspects of electric service.

Voltage reduction: Any intentional reduction of system voltage by 3 percent or greater for reasons of maintaining the continuity of service of the bulk electric power supply system.

Volumetric wires charge: A type of charge for using the transmission and/or distribution system that is based on the volume of electricity that is transmitted.

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WACC: Weighted average cost of capital

Watt: The electrical unit of power. The rate of energy transfer equivalent to 1 ampere flowing under a pressure of 1 volt at unity power factor.

Watt-hour (Wh): An electrical energy unit of measure equal to 1 watt of power supplied to, or taken from, an electric circuit steadily for 1 hour.

Wheeling service: The movement of electricity from one system to another over transmission facilities of intervening systems. Wheeling service contracts can be established between two or more systems.

Wholesale competition: A system whereby a distributor of power would have the option to buy its power from a variety of power producers, and the power producers would be able to compete to sell their power to a variety of distribution companies.

Wholesale sales: Energy supplied to other electric utilities, cooperatives, municipals, and Federal and State electric agencies for resale to ultimate consumers.

Wholesale power market: The purchase and sale of electricity from generators to resellers (who sell to retail customers), along with the ancillary services needed to maintain reliability and power quality at the transmission level.

Wholesale transmission services: The transmission of electric energy sold, or to be sold, at wholesale in interstate commerce (from EPACT).

Wires charge: A broad term which refers to charges levied on power suppliers or their customers for the use of the transmission or distribution wires.

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