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marklivelyMark Lively looks at economic issues from the perspective of an engineer, seeking how to design pricing mechanisms that reflect the operational realities of the system. Mark has been especially concerned about variances from scheduled deliveries, using system conditions to set the price for the variance instead of uniformly assuming that any variance should be punished.

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  1. Hi Mark,

    I thought your analysis and conclusions on the number and duration of outages caused by the derecho and Sandy were right on target. Knowing that Sandy was coming and the fact that the derecho took out a lot of trees and limbs that might have caused interruptions with Sandy accounted for the greatly reduced number of outages and times with the second storm.

    An aggressive tree trimming program would improve system reliability for most electric utilities, especially those that might have extensive overhead lines in its mature suburban neighborhoods.

    Best regards,

    Jim Johnson

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