The Proposed Distribution Tariff
Shimon Awerbuch, Ph.D.
How to replace the bundled utility tariff with a rational design for access, throughput, and congestion.
Roger Colton, Karen Brown, and Jeff Ackermann
How Colorado's settlement in the Xcel merger builds a case for treating needy ratepayers as a separate class entitled to merger benefits.
A Twenty-Fold Increase?
Former coal lobbyist Glenn Schleede plays Don Quixote, crusading against the DOE's 20-year initiative to boost investment in windmills.
Those new merchant gen plants must wait in line to get on the grid, and they don't like it.
Bruce W. Radford
The Present Laws Are Unequipped
Peter Fox-Penner and Frank Graves
Why the DOE's recent report suggests we need new antitrust rules for "deregulated" utility markets.
Carl J. Levesque
Appliance Efficiency: Does the Fuel Cycle Make a Difference?
Ruth K. Kretschmer; C. Clark Leone; Jose A. Rotger
"Sensible Approach" or Misguided Meddling?
The proposal by Reps. Franks and Meehan to sell federal power at market rates provokes conflicting responses from readers.
I am writing in response to an article written by Reps. Franks and Meehan entitled, "The Sensible Approach: Federal Power at Market Rates," published in the Nov. 1, 1999 edition of Public Utilities Fortnightly (see pp. 44-47). I agree that it is outrageous that electricity services for people in the Northwest are subsidized (regardless of the customers' ability to pay) by the rest of the people in this country.
John H. Herbert
Weighing the outlook for new plant investment in gas-fired power and related infrastructure.
The jury is still out on the type and size of additional energy infrastructure desirable in the Northeast United States, but enough data is in to make a few guarded observations.
The situation is fluid.
Mergers & Acquisitions
Joint Ventures. The Federal Trade Commission, in consultation with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, issued draft antitrust guidelines for "collaborations among competitors" that will apply to a wide range of joint ventures and strategic alliances other than actual mergers.
Such collaborations would include R&D efforts, information sharing and joint efforts in marketing, distribution, sales or purchasing, plus various types of trade association activities. File No. 971201, Oct. 1, 1999 (F.T.C.), published at 64 Fed. Reg.