February 1, 2001
Who Lost Deregulation?
California Public Utilities Commission
PUCs have yet to factor in higher risk for deregulation.
(December, 2000) Here are the results of our annual survey of authorized rates of return on common equity (ROE) for state-regulated energy utilities. This year's survey covers ROE determinations by state regulatory commissions during the period Oct. 1, 1999 through Sept. 30, 2000.
San Diego Gas & Electric turns vendor heads with its plan to install real-time meters, but the company could face heat from regulators.
This is a landmark event," says Bill Rush, a physicist at the Gas Technology Institute, and a gas industry expert on electric utility metering systems.
September 1, 2000
Wakeup Call in San Diego?
By Regina R. Johnson
How to replace the bundled utility tariff with a rational design for access, throughput, and congestion.
Wait for the "second wave," when new products help suppliers escape the trench warfare of pricing.
Utility restructuring seems to prompt more lawsuits by customers.
In Chicago, Commonwealth Edison Co. settles a class action lawsuit for a heat-wave outage, paying $2.5 million for items including "food spoilage," to customers served by certain city substations. In California, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. spends $8.3 million to resolve 98 percent of some 6,600 outage-related claims.