Over at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, new chairman Pat Wood has let it be known he might have done it the other way. If he had been in charge, say the press reports, he would have...
The Doomsday Scenario
Debt + secret triggers = another Enron.
financial and accounting practices. The question is will they do it quickly enough to avoid another catastrophe.
Moreover, the result of the current credit crunch on power plant development and the resulting higher cost of capital have caused many merchant power companies to retreat on many previously planned merchant plant developments. As EEI's Executive Vice-President David Owens reminded me when he spoke at the conference about cancellation of plants, power demand tracks GDP, and that the economy is poised for a comeback. Will there be energy shortages in the next few years because of an over-correction? Time will tell. But first, the industry must restore investor confidence.