Distributed Generation. California opened a rulemaking proceeding to consider regulatory reforms in electricity distribution service, with a possible focus on distributed generation. The commission emphasized that its intent was not to define new policies, but to gather information. Comments are due March 17, and the commission intends to consider a proposal from the assigned commissioner this summer. Rulemaking 98-12-015, Dec. 17, 1998 (Calif. P.U.C.).
Gas Transportation Rates. In response to a request for clarification from Consolidated Edison of New York Inc., the state commission stated that gas transportation rates for certain generation plants to be divested under electric restructuring plans should continue in effect for the duration of the electric rate plans.
Con Ed's concern was that gas transportation prices could affect the value of a generation facility, adding uncertainty for bidders of plants to be divested. The PSC said its "interim" policy should apply to all electric utilities until a permanent policy is implemented. Case No.98-G- 0122, Dec. 18, 1998 (N.Y.P.S.C.).