Big industrials want regulatory relief from high power prices

Huge electric bills have forced some of the companies, including Air Liquide America Corp., Air Products and Chemicals Inc., Boeing Co., CNC Containers, Equilon Enterprises LLC, Georgia-Pacific West Inc., Tesoro Northwest Co., and Intel Corp. to cut production, close factories, and lay off workers. Some have installed temporary diesel-fired generators to reduce electricity costs.

Jan. 15, 2001–California Gov. Gray Davis has asked the Clinton Administration for an emergency order to keep natural gas flowing to Pacific Gas & Electric Co., which says it is threatened with a shut off of its supplies by three natural gas companies.

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