Richard Stavros’ September 2006 Frontlines (“The Geopolitics of the Grid”) was well done. I enjoyed reading it.
Regarding the paragraph raising questions about why there are major disparities in retail electric rates from one region of the country to another, one major contributing reason is archaic and unfair federal subsidies. Congress did not deal with the federal electricity subsidies problem in either the 1992 or the 2005 energy legislation. BPA and related deep federal subsidies explain why the Pacific Northwest has low retail electricity prices. The same goes for much of the TVA service area, Nebraska, and a number of other states that receive, in one form or another, deep and growing federal subsidies.