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Fortnightly Magazine - June 15 2000

prices before the Con Edison competitive retail electricity market has been opened to all customers." Hess added that only 30 percent of Con Ed customers so far had been allowed to choose a competitive power supplier.

THE NEW YORK ISO WEIGHED IN ON MAY 17 , if only to comment on generation reserves for the coming peak season. While making no mention of NYSEG's complaint, the ISO reported that "the power supply should be adequate to meet the traditional high summer demand."

At the same time, ISO president William Museler offered words both calming and alarming:

"We exercise great care to produce accurate forecasts, but there are variables such as weather, unplanned outages and availability of power from neighboring systems that are beyond our control. The unusually hot weather of May 7, 8 and 9 provided clear evidence that nature defies prediction."

Said Museler, "We encourage New York residents and business to conserve power whenever they can."

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