Texas lawmakers sparred over whether the Texas competitive electricity market will be ready to open on schedule in January during a Friday hearing. But most legislators and state regulators appeared confident systems will be in place, despite some witnesses' reservations during a hearing before the Electric Utility Restructuring Legislative Oversight Committee. (By Ann de Rouffignac, OGJ Online)
A new energy industry report forecasts the effects on electricity pricing of the Midwest region's 13 percent increase in installed capacity for 2001.
The Bush administration has yet to prove tougher emission standards would hurt power plants and refineries, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works said Thursday.
With no alternatives to the regulated electric utility available, the Public Utility Commission of Texas delayed opening Southeast Texas to retail competition until September 2002, 9 months later than called for under the state restructuring law. No customers or alternative suppliers participated in the PUC's pilot program in the Southeast Texas area served by Entergy Gulf States, a utility unit of Entergy Corp.
Michigan natural gas demand is expected to decline slightly this year, compared to last, while electric power demand is projected to grow but not as fast as in 2000, state regulators said in a new winter assessment. The Michigan Public Service Commission also rated energy supply as 'generally secure and reliable.'
EPA has awarded $60,000 to the Center for Clean Air Policy to provide states with information on how to design and carry out State Public Benefit Charge programs to minimize air emissions.