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Reliant comes clean on profits, says California picked its own pocket.<b> </b>
Fortnightly Magazine - August 2001
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Off Peak

August 1, 2001

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Reliant comes clean on profits, says California picked its own pocket.

While the media made hay chiding power producers for gouging consumers for electricity generated from gas-fired turbines, California' s system of a single market-clearing price for electricity was "delivering immense windfalls" to utilities who had no need to buy gas at all to run the power plants they still owned (or controlled through affiliates).

"The real money stayed in California," says Reliant Energy, "with California' s own three big utilities plus the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, who together collected more than half of the $27 billion power bill in 2000."

"After the independent gas-fired generators paid their fuel bills," says the Texas-based power producer, "their net revenues totaled less than 10 percent of the total market."

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