There’s just no stopping it. The capital amassed by private takeover firms is simply overwhelming. Any reasonable person could conclude that public utilities face wholesale changes in terms of...
Charles B. Curtis. What happens to the Review on the federal level could well depend on Curtis, should he leave the department when the Senate confirms a new energy secretary.
A final issue that might hit a snag regionally is the funding of public purpose measures, such as renewables and low-income weatherizations. Hotly debated in the committee and finally agreed upon in the panel's waning days was a 3 percent solution (em 3 percent of electricity services sales, or about $210 million a year. But it's "iffy," says Mahar. "We're getting messages from the four states [public utility commissions] saying they're not going to support it. I think there's going to be a big question as to whether that sticks."
The BPA markets power produced by more than 30 federal hydro-electric projects. Generation from the projects accounts for about 40 percent of the region's power. The BPA also owns most of the Northwest's high-voltage transmission facilities. t
Joseph F. Schuler, Jr. is an associate editor of PUBLIC UTILITIES FORTNIGHTLY. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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