Fortnightly Magazine - March 15 2001

News Digest

The California ISO offers a plan, but some fear that rules themselves are the problem.


News Digest


Transmission & ISOs

Policing the Markets

The California ISO offers a plan, but some fear that rules themselves are the problem.

News Analysis

With power markets now regional, the Pacific Northwest ponders responsibility for blackouts and outages.


News Analysis



Off Peak

There's nothing quite like a consumer scorned..<b> </b>

Off Peak

March 15, 2001

'I See Now I Was Naive'


There's nothing quite like a consumer scorned..

Excerpts from letters sent by private citizens to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and made a part of the official in RDocket No. EL00-95-000.

Online Trading Hubs: Interviews With CEOs

Is the value in commodities, or in managing the supply chain?

1. The original consortium of 15 energy companies, announced March 29, 2000, included American Electric Power, Cinergy, consolidated Edison Inc., Duke Enbergy, Edison International, Entergy, Exelon, firstEnergy Corp., FPL Group, PG&E Corp., Public Service Enterprise Group, Reliant Energy, Sempra Energy, Southern Company, and TXU.

Utility Advertising After Deregulation

Is spending as flat as the numbers seem to show?

1 Neal, loc. cit.; also see Beth Snyder, "Online Newspapers Helps Electric Utilities Market," , Vol. 68, No. 46 (Nov. 17, 1997), p. 58.

2 Ann Chambers, "Co-Ops Launch National Brand," , Vol. 102, No. 5 (May 1998), pp. 1-3.

3 George Sladoje, "California, One Year Later: More Winners than Losers," , Vol. 37, No. 1 (May, 1999), p. 22.

The Choice Not to Buy: Energy $avings and Policy Alternatives for Demand Response

What California would have saved-in real dollar figures-plus a look at pilot programs from around the country.

1 Also cited as contributing factors are the lack of long-term contracting, operating problems in the ISO and power exchange (PX) markets, and suggestions that owners of generation took advantage of the supply shortage and the design of California's wholesale power markets to exercise market power to drive prices higher.