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Fortnightly Magazine - February 15 1999

Off Peak

Co-ops beat utility rates in 15 states. But why not more?

Despite the fact that their customers are scattered throughout the most remote reaches of the 46 U.S. states they service, electrical cooperatives in 15 states offer residential rates lower than the averages for all utilities in those states.

A comparison of 1997 rates by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association finds that another 24 states have rates that are just 1 to 10 percent higher than the utilities' state averages.

Retail Wizardry: How To Make Money in Today's Power Market

Michael C. Hsu, and Nguyen T. Quan

A hedging strategy to protect gross margins in a fixed-price mass market.

The retail electricity markets in the United States are set to bloom. Retail power marketers presently must navigate various hurdles, raised by incumbent utilities, before they are able to establish a foothold. Some states, however, including Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, have established a fixed schedule for the recovery of stranded costs, resulting in profit opportunities for new entrants.

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