Efforts to develop more RTOs in the West came to a near standstill again after talks last year among key players Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), Grid West, and the Transmission Improvements...
Nuclear Waste Reform Among First Energy Bills
have announced that this will be the Commerce Committee's top priority." Last year, by a 423-5 vote, the House passed a bill to open the telecommunications industry to more competition, but the measure stalled on the Senate floor. Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) has reintroduced that bill with two changes. Dingell has also reintroduced the Superfund bill that passed last year's House Energy and Commerce Committee by a 44-0 margin.
While Congress got off to a flying start on government reforms, it will take much longer to pass more technical, substantive energy legislation. Looking ahead, EEI's Kuhn notes that industry officials will be spending a lot more time this year educating the large freshman class on these complex issues. t
W. Lynn Garner is senior writer of PUBLIC UTILITIES FORTNIGHTLY.
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