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ELP Volume 77 Issue 2

NEPOOL to use market-based rates

ISO New England and the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL) received conditional approval from FERC to transact at market-based rates.

NSP catches flak over ISO:

Minnesota Power of Duluth, Minn., filed a complaint with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in late December charging Northern States Power Co. (NSP) with breach of contract. According to Minnesota Power, NSP promised in 1996 to support an independent system operator (ISO) proposal advanced by the Mid-Continent Area Power Pool (MAPP), in return for Minnesota Power`s support of NSP`s ill-fated merger with Wisconsin Electric. The complaint asks FERC to "order NSP to join the existing

Equity Office picks PG&E Energy:

PG&E Energy Services was selected by Equity Office Properties Trust, the largest publicly held owner and manager of office properties in the United States, to supply power for its facilities in California. The contract involves $50 million of power purchases over several years, and is expected to save the customer more than $1.5 million.

Retailers, government adopt green power

So-called "green" energy sources are gaining favor among companies seeking to offer new choices and added value to customers. Some recent examples include United Airlines, BJ`s Wholesale Club, New England Electric System and UtiliCorp United. Additionally, the federal government seems likely to become a major green power customer.

CATCHING RAYS

Involving 15 countries and hundreds of contractors, the International Space Station (ISS) gives new meaning to the phrase "high-flying, international joint venture project." Four massive solar arrays, with a square acre of coverage, will deliver most of the station`s 110 kilowatts of electricity. The arrays will be mounted to a 360 foot-long truss assembly, supported by aluminum bulkheads like the one pictured. Here, technicians complete machining the bulkhead at Boeing facilities in Huntington

ISO squabbling provokes FERC

As the Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO) leadership works to patch the transmission entity`s holes, others are eagerly pursuing new models for moving power through the region.

NRG invests in NY, Calif.:

San Diego Gas & Electric selected a partnership of Dynegy Inc. of Houston and NRG Energy Inc. of Minneapolis as the winning bidder to acquire the 951 MW Encina power plant in Carlsbad, Calif. The Dynegy/NRG partnership agreed to pay $356 million for the plant and 17 peaking turbines, which represents a premium of 3.8 times book value for the assets. The Encina plant sale completes the sale of SDG&E`s fossil-fired generators.

CMS in Indian LNG JV:

An international consortium of CMS Energy, Birla Group of India, Siemens Project Ventures, Unocal and Woodside Petroleum was selected to build a 1,886 MW power plant and 2.5 million tons-per-year liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Ennore, Tamil Nadu, India.

New Mexico halts retail pilot:

The New Mexico Supreme Court issued an order halting a retail electric competition pilot program in Albuquerque, pending a full hearing. Utility Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) requested the review on the grounds that only the state legislature, and not the state Public Utility Commission, has jurisdiction to implement retail competition.

HI plans Arizona merchant:

Houston Industries Wholesale Energy Group and the city of Casa Grande, Ariz., have agreed to develop a 500 MW, gas-fired merchant power plant. Negotiations involve a 40-year sale/lease-back arrangement. The $263 million, Desert Basin Generating plant would provide power for sale in the wholesale market. Houston Industries` energy trading and marketing unit is expected to supply fuel and market output.