To the discomfort of my predilections, I cannot deny that which is just.
In the June 1 issue of PUBLIC UTILITIES FORTNIGHTLY, Ken Rose ("Securitization of Uneconomic Costs: Whom Does It Secure?" p. 32) unleashed an assault upon the currently popular notion that utility generating assets and power purchase liabilities undertaken in an era of monopolies, and likely to be uneconomic in emerging competitive markets, should be " securitized." The charges raised, while ostensibly aimed at the advertised target (em securitization (em are actually a quarrel with the notion that stranded assets and liabilities should be recoverable. In the course of expressing these views, Rose debunks the existence of a " regulatory compact" and implants in the reader a bias for avoiding ratepayer liability for " poor investments." Then comes the serious charge that: Any legislation that complies with the ambition of the utilities to achieve securitization would " forever shield rates from market or regulatory scrutiny."
The article, taken as a whole, appears intended to cause any state legislator to view securitization as a betrayal of the public interest.
Within a week after the article appeared, I was contacted by the Edison Electric Institute and asked if I would consider writing a reply. Upon reflection, I was confronted by an apparent incongruity. After all, the restructuring order with which I am identified had been developed using a record which never mentioned securitization, and I can remember being troubled by the political process (em or lack of process (em that brought forth the idea in California. As a retired schoolteacher, I found myself involuntarily searching for an analogy. I found one.