Electric Retail Choice. The Arkansas Public Service Commission has issued its final report on electric restructuring, citing a "broad" consensus favoring competition. It...
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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