Sound bites from state and federal regulators.
Coal Tar Cleanup. Minnesota court affirms ruling by state regulators requiring Interstate Power Co.'s natural gas customers to contribute to costs for cleaning up the company's manufactured gas plants, since the plants were "used and useful" when the pollution occurred (though the wastes were not deemed hazardous until 1980). No. C1096-1558, Feb. 18, 1997 (Minn.Ct.App.).
AT&T's New Market. Washington allows AT&T Communications of the Pacific Northwest Inc. to enter the local exchange market as a "competitive" carrier, rejecting claims by incumbent local carrier U S WEST that AT&T must be considered "dominant" if it enters the local calling market by reselling local exchange facilities owned by U S WEST. Commission describes AT&T as a "competitive alternative" to the "captive" customer base served by U S WEST. Docket No. UT- 960248, Jan. 24, 1997 (Wash.U.T.C.).
DSM Resource Plans. Illinois appeals court says regulators may consider the availability of ratepayer funding (and the effect on stockholders if funding is denied) in deciding whether a utility demand-side management program is a viable element of a least-cost resource plan. No. 1-95-1617, Feb. 3, 1997 (Ill.App.Ct.).
Heat Pump Incentives. State regulators allow North Carolina Electric Membership Corp. to provide electric heat pumps and water heaters free to customers who pay for installation and permit load control for up to five years. Program will target residents of manufactured homes with electric furnaces and window air conditioners. A second program will offer incentives to commercial customers to install electric heat pumps. Docket No. EC-67, sub 10, Feb. 18, 1997 (N.C.U.C.).
Intrastate Long Distance. New Hampshire relaxes tariff regulation of competitive providers of intraLATA toll calling services and will also review level of regulation for the state's incumbent intraLATA toll provider, New England Telephone and Telegraph Co., and for NYNEX and others entering the market. It found that with implementation of intraLATA "presubscription," the market for intraLATA long-distance calls would become highly competitive. Order No. 22,473, Jan. 6, 1997 (N.H.P.U.C.). t
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