Rules ‘patchwork’ impedes restructuring

DALLAS, Texas, Nov. 29, 2000–Deregulated natural gas and electricity markets also need liberalized business rules if competition is to flourish, several former U.S. government officials said Wednesday.

Dec. 1, 2000—California will encourage more new power plants, overhaul the boards of two state electricity agencies, and promote energy conservation, Gov. Gray Davis said in a letter Friday to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). He also reiterated his call for retroactive refunds to customers who paid high electric bills this past summer and said utilities should not be forced to sell off any more electric generating capacity, a condition of California’s deregulation law.

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Rules ‘patchwork’ impedes restructuring

They spoke at the North American Summit on Harmonizing Business Practices, sponsored by the U.S. Energy Department and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC).

Nov. 30, 2000–Despite concerns that the Clean Air Act Amendments would create too much demand for low-sulfur coal, a recent report from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows that the prices for coal have actually dropped.