July 1, 2001
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Utility Abandons Standby Generation Control Pilot
The Virginia State Corporation Commission has authorized Virginia Electric and Power Co. to suspend a pilot program for its Standby Generation Control System. (For prior ruling approving the program, see Re Virginia Electric Power Co., 162 PUR4th 363 (Va.S.C.C. 1995).)
The approved pilot authorized the utility to install control equipment on a mixture of customer- and utility-owned generators. Virginia Power would then operate the control system to provide extra generation during peak. The utility claimed it had been unable to recruit participants, but was installing and testing the control equipment on several of its own generators. In addition, updated cost/benefit tests showed that benefits to the company and its ratepayers had declined since the program was first proposed. Re Virginia Electric Power Co., Case No. PUE940057, July 15, 1996 (Va.S.C.C.). t
Phillip S. Cross is an associate legal editor of PUBLIC UTILITIES FORTNIGHTLY.
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