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State PUCs
Fortnightly Magazine - May 1 2000

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Internet Commerce

Utility Industry Structure. Claiming regulated energy industries are "at risk of being largely bypassed by one of the most profound technological changes of the last thousand years," E-Comm.Com on March 28 filed a petition at the FERC for the FERC to open a rulemaking proceeding examining the impact of electronic commerce on those industries.

The petition backs E-Comm.Com's assertion that the energy industry is "at risk of losing control of [its] collective corporate destiny to businesses that have barely been created" by comparing the market capitalization of 15 e-commerce companies ($1.145 trillion) - none of which were even in existence as public companies when the FERC initiated its policy liberalizing energy markets in October 1985 - with that of some 27 large energy companies (only $193 billion). See,

Aggregator Licenses. Connecticut regulators granted electric aggregator licenses to two companies seeking authority to provide Internet-based power sales services to consumers:

  • Would offer electricity aggregation services to all customer classes, including residential and commercial, with electricity purchased bundled with telephone, Internet access, cable television, and home security services under a single account, with no membership fees.
  • would receive compensation from licensed electric suppliers.
  • . Run by CIBA, a for-profit subsidiary of Connecticut Business and Industry Association, and would offer electric aggregation services to association members, without taking title to electric supply. Also would be compensated by electric suppliers, with no surcharge to CIBA members.

Business Wire

Energycentric.Com has formed the first online business-to-business marketplace dedicated to the equipment and services side of the energy industry. Energycentric.Com will bring e-commerce to utilities and their suppliers without requiring significant investments in resources and technology by using the Internet as a marketplace. The website is designed for buying and selling products and services that go into the construction, maintenance, and operation of an energy delivery infrastructure for electricity and natural gas.

Xenos Group has announced the wireless capability of its flagship product, Documorph, which delivers information such as bills, statements, and notices to wireless devices, such as cell phones.

CMS Energy Corp., Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC, and TEPPCO Partners L.P. have entered into an agreement to form a limited liability company that will own and operate an interstate refined petroleum products pipeline extending from the U.S. Gulf Coast to Illinois. Each of the companies will own a one-third interest in the LLC. The joint venture will build a 70-mile, 24-inch-diameter pipeline connecting TEPPCO's facility in Beaumont, Texas, with the start of an existing 720-mile, 26-inch-diameter pipeline extending from Longville, La., to Bourbon, Ill. The "Centennial Pipeline" will pass through portions of seven states.



Native Load Preference. The U.S. Supreme Court has let stand a 1999 ruling by a federal appeals court that the FERC could not require an electric utility to curtail electrical transmission to the company's wholesale customers on a comparable basis with its retail native load customers when experiencing power constraints.

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