Sound bites from state and federal regulators.
Appliance Repair Business. Responding to complaints from unregulated providers, New York rules that natural gas LDCs must run their appliance repair services through a separate subsidiary. PSC terms its existing policies "anachronistic" and finds that subsidies for appliance repair services are inappropriate. Case 93-G-0804, April 4, 1997 (N.Y.P.S.C.).
DSM Program Design. Michigan appeals court says state PSC exceeded authority and "impermissibly interfered with management decisions" of Detroit Edison Co. when it modified a demand-side management plan submitted by the utility. The court says the commission has authority to authorize rates based on DSM program costs, but not to make managerial decisions. Ford Motor Co. v. Mich. PSC, 562 F.3d 224, Feb. 7, 1997 (Mich.App).
Gas Bypass Threat. California finds that threat of bypass is imminent and authorizes Southern California Gas Co. to enter a long-term transportation agreement at negotiated discount rates with Inland Paperboard and Packaging Inc., a large, noncore customer. SoCalGas had claimed that several new pipeline projects poised to enter the Los Angeles Basin were targeting the largest customers on its system. Application 96-12-038, Decision 97-03-005, March 7, 1997 (Cal.P.U.C.).