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Schaefer to Put Shoulder to Door on Choice Bill

Fortnightly Magazine - November 15 1997

Rep. Dan Schaefer (R-Colo.) insists he intends to help enact federal customer choice legislation with a certain start date. The chair of the Subcommittee on Energy and Power made the pledge Sept. 24 at the panel's 20th hearing on electric restructuring. The hearing's focus was on state and federal roles in enacting competition.

Schaefer pointed out that the Edison Electric Institute seeks to avoid a federal mandate on retail access, yet members are going back to their states to throw a wrench into deliberations on, or implementation of, restructuring. The congressman added that a federal bill would convey to utilities that are legally challenging retail competition, as in New Hampshire, that they have one less argument.

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