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ELP Volume 77 Issue 8

FPL Group expands into NE markets:

FPL Group`s business energy subsidiary, FPL Energy Services, began selling gas and electricity to business customers in Pennsylvania and New York. Operating in Florida since 1986, the company expects to enter New Jersey`s market later this summer.

Michigan PSC lacks clout to order retail choice

The Michigan Supreme Court decided that the state`s Public Service Commission (MPSC) does not have the authority to order a utility to transmit a third-party provider`s electricity through its system to a customer. Therefore, it lacks the statutory authority to implement an experimental retail wheeling program.

O&R divests generation to Southern Energy New York:

Orange and Rockland Utilities Inc. transferred ownership of all its electric generating facilities (1,776 MW), including the Bowline Point Generating Station owned jointly with Consolidated Edison of New York Inc., to Southern Energy New York.

AEP plans to restart Cook nuclear plant:

American Electric Power Co.`s board of directors approved a comprehensive plan to restart the idle Cook nuclear plant, Bridgman, Mich. Unit 2 is scheduled to return to service in April 2000 and Unit 1 is to return to service in September 2000. Plant officials shut down both units in September 1997 because of questions raised during a Nuclear Regulatory Commission design inspection. Expenditures for the restart are estimated at $574 million, of which $192 million has already been spent.

Conectiv proposes sale of generation assets:

Conectiv released the Offering Memorandum for the proposed sale of more than 2,000 MW of fossil-fired and nuclear assets located in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Bidders must submit indicative bids in mid-August.

Columbia shareholders desire negotiations with NiSource

Columbia Energy Group`s hair-trigger refusal of NiSource Inc.`s unsolicited takeover proposal has displeased some of its largest shareholders. They particularly dislike the tone of "we are not for sale." The statement resounds of finality and causes shareholders to question the board`s commitment to its fiduciary duties.

Global Companies & AllEnergy Marketing form alliance:

Global Companies LLC and AllEnergy Marketing Co. LLC formed a strategic sales alliance to offer energy products and services, including oil, natural gas and electricity to industrial and commercial customers in New England. Global Companies is affiliated with YPF of Argentina, which recently became part of Repsol, Madrid, Spain. AllEnergy is a subsidiary of New England Electric Systems.

Cogentrix to build in Miss.:

Cogentrix Energy, an independent electric power plant developer and operator, plans to build a $300 million, 800 MW electric generating plant in Southaven, Miss. Construction is slated to begin second quarter 2000 with operation planned by summer 2002.

Going wireless: putting the pieces together for true field service mobility

In the world of deregulation, improving employee productivity is a top priority for electric utilities. Consequently, many are employing IT to empower frontline service people to effectively support the company`s customers.

APX launches Ohio hub

The Automated Power Exchange (APX) fired up its new Ohio trading hub in July. Based on delivery within FirstEnergy`s transmission system, which covers a wide path along Lake Erie, the new hub represents yet another move outside its California base for the electronic exchange.