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"Merger of Equals" Primes NSP, WEPCO for Competition

Fortnightly Magazine - June 1 1995

notes, according to Wheeler, that the committee now should focus more on regional markets.

Appropriate Geography

Sandy Williams, an attorney and partner at the Milwaukee firm Foley & Lardner, represents or has represented the major utilities in Wisconsin in the past. He says the Primergy merger could ultimately affect utility participation in the MAPP and MAIN regions, as well as the boundaries of regional transmission groups (RTGs) to be formed in the future within the two regions.

According to Williams, the East-West interface between MAPP and MAIN is perceived by some as a transmission bottleneck. He adds that there has been some institutional debate on whether Wisconsin utilities belong within MAPP or MAIN (em with some staffers at the Wisconsin PSC apparently pushing the state's utilities to move from MAIN to MAPP. Williams suggests that the Primergy merger could affect the dynamics of that debate, as well as discussions regarding the appropriate geography for an Upper Midwest RTG. t


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