The decision to limit mercury provides cover for utilities reluctant to spend on controlling NOx and SO2, while boosting other companies
California's Power Crisis: Catalyst for National Reform?
[T]he Commission believes that real rate relief for California electricity consumers will be fully realized in the State when sufficient new generation and transmission resources can be attracted and built and better demand-side management responses can be prompted. Only competitive markets will do these things. We believe it would be a mistake to revert to the kind of rate regulation that contributed to the decline in investment that clouds California's energy future today. On the other hand, the Commission recognizes that market-based rates will only achieve just and reasonable rates where competition works effectively and market rules are effective and fair.*