One simple line in the recent Energy Policy Act sets the stage for broader geographical ownership by current utilities and easier ownership from outside industries. Readers know very well that one...
as conservation, load building, and so on, is important ... For example, the promotion of an electric heat pump can and should be treated as part of a conservation program if the device is installed in lieu of a less-efficient electric resistance heater. If the incentive induces the installation of an electric heat pump instead of gas space heating, however, the program needs to be considered and evaluated as a fuel substitution program."
7. Gas-Electric Mergers. Mr. Rosenstock is astute. In all probability, when a natural gas utility merges with an electric utility, the electric utility will emerge as the dominant force. With electrification generally more profitable for a combined utility than gasification, both utilities in such a merger are culpable if energy consumers loose choices between major competitive end-use alternatives.
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