Public Utilities Reports

PUR Guide 2012 Fully Updated Version

Available NOW!
PUR Guide

This comprehensive self-study certification course is designed to teach the novice or pro everything they need to understand and succeed in every phase of the public utilities business.

Order Now

Mailbag

Fortnightly Magazine - May 1 1995

policy that requires competition for wholesale transactions. A competitive bidding process would ensure that the utility serving the retail load always purchases the lowest-cost power that meets the policy requirements for reliability, fuel diversity, and environmental compliance.

Retail wheeling will only benefit those same NUGs that reaped windfalls from PURPA, along with those few large-load, high-load-factor industrials able to cut special deals. Such action could never be construed as proper regulatory policy.

In the few states swayed by the siren's song into considering retail wheeling, most can now see the shoals beneath the shallow arguments and are reconsidering. Those responsible for protecting the public interest are weighing the policy's significant and widespread risks against the narrow set of potential beneficiaries. Retail wheeling is neither inevitable nor good public policy.

T.R. Standish

Vice President

Houston Lighting & Power Co.

Houston, TX

8

Articles found on this page are available to Internet subscribers only. For more information about obtaining a username and password, please call our Customer Service Department at 1-800-368-5001.

Pages