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Fortnightly Magazine - October 1 2000

News Digest

PUC Oversight: Panacea or New Problem?
Docket No. ER97-2353-000, Opinion No. 447, 92 FERC ¶61,169, Aug. 17, 2000

News Digest

 

News Analysis

According to the solar industry, a U.S. appeals court decision—and a Southern California Edison petition pending at the FERC—might put them out of business.
Carl J. Levesque

 

News Analysis

 



 

According to the solar industry, a U.S. appeals court decision—and a Southern California Edison petition pending at the FERC—might put them out of business.

"If Edison were to prevail in this, it would have hugely negative implications for the solar operators."

Off Peak

Why do U.S. electric bills continue to climb, when other liberalized Western countries are seeing reductions?

Off Peak

October 1, 2000

Dereg Dilemma

Why do U.S. electric bills continue to climb, when other liberalized Western countries are seeing reductions?

Electric deregulation in the United States isn't slashing consumer bills the way it has in other countries. Despite continuing restructuring, the price of U.S. electricity ranked second-highest in an April survey of 14 major Western economies.

Rising Power Prices: The Metering Industry's Big Break?

San Diego Gas & Electric turns vendor heads with its plan to install real-time meters, but the company could face heat from regulators.
Bruce W. Radford

 

San Diego Gas & Electric turns vendor heads with its plan to install real-time meters, but the company could face heat from regulators.

This is a landmark event," says Bill Rush, a physicist at the Gas Technology Institute, and a gas industry expert on electric utility metering systems.

Politics as Usual: A Roadmap to Backlash, Backtracking, and Re-regulation

Utility reform gone wrong-tales from FERC, Florida, Wisconsin, and California.
Charles J. Cicchetti, Ph.D. and Colin M. Long, J.D.

1 Worse, new institutions such as the California ISO seem to believe falsely that their actions will not have serious spillover effects outside their immediate jurisdictional concerns. Electric utilities in neighboring states know that they indeed are affected by Cal-ISO pricing policy and terms of service.

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Reforming Bulk Power Auctions: Why Not Pay According to Bid?

Changing settlement rules might offer a fix for broken power markets.
Randy Hudson

 

Frontlines

Some thoughts on the battle to measure electricity consumption in real time.
Bruce W. Radford

Frontlines

Meter Men?

 

 

Some thoughts on the battle to measure electricity consumption in real time.

How can something so simple as an electric meter bring governments, editors, and the utility industry to their knees?