Executive Insight

The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Wednesday extended the Dec. 15 deadline for utilities to join regional transmission grids and said it will set new deadlines for each of four general regions. FERC also said it will issue notices of proposed rulemaking on interconnection agreements and procedures in January and a second notice for pricing these services in April.
Executive Insight

The Texas grid operator said auditors confirmed the calculations and allocation of certain transmission congestion charges, which market participants complained were 'excessive.' Systemwide, congestion charges have reached about $90 million since the market opened July 31, according testimony at a legislative hearing Friday in Austin. (Ann de Rouffignac)
Executive Insight

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.
Transmission

American Superconductor announced an order for two of its superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES) units from Edison, the largest private utility in Italy and a new distributor for the SMES product line. American Superconductor expects to install the units in the summer of 2000 for Edison at a STMicroelectronics semiconductor chip manufacturing plant in Agrate, Italy. The SMES units will protect 10 MW of critical processes at the facility from voltage sags up to 55 percent for times exceed