The concept and challenges of electrical utility deregulation

Customers also were free to participate in energy-conservation programs under which Entergy controlled the operation of air conditioners, water heaters, lighting, refrigerators, and other appliances. To facilitate direct access, the amendment should also clarify that FERC has clear jurisdiction over the local distribution grid because the wires are part of a broader interstate electricity network.

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Vertical Deintegration. Much is at stake. First, Congress should amend the Energy Policy Act of to allow wholesale generators to sell directly to retail customers and should repeal the section of the Energy Policy Act that prohibits the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from issuing retail wheeling orders.

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Unfortunately, many utility executives do not seem to have learned the lesson of the s—that they are better off adapting. Note also that the cost savings obtained by moving from X to Y are roughly equal to the area of the shaded polygon R1XYR2. Wholesale energy trading was now an approved business and the race was on to see exactly what kind of business could be developed. In Duquesne Light Co. Second, existing case law strongly suggests that the courts will not agree that denial of full recovery constitutes a violation of the Fifth Amendment. Additionally, international electric industry restructuring, especially in the United Kingdom, offered apparent support for the economic benefits of open markets. No longer will utilities be able to sell a bulk commodity to a captive customer at a regulated monopoly price. With this in mind, one can generalize that industrial, commercial, and business clients are more apt to pursue cost reductions in energy to strengthen their bottom lines—they would view energy as any other commodity in their supply chain and use political pressure to advocate their business interests. A third critical component of the PBR system is quality controls to ensure that the utility does not pursue cost savings at the expense of system reliability, safety, customer satisfaction, and other measures of quality. To prevent market concentration and collusive price-fixing in the deregulated generation market, it is essential to separate electricity generation from transmission and distribution and to administer effective antitrust oversight.

However, it is unclear what kind of industry will emerge from this period of change. The story of Clyde, Ohio, is a case in point.

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The following charts illustrate average costs for electricity in the United States. The result was an unprecedented era of utility rate hikes that sparked a strong consumer backlash. Owners and operators of transmission systems and system traffic controllers are adapting to the speed and technical concerns to balance supply and demand in an open market. In the opinion of one Southern California Edison executive who spoke to me privately, the company opted for the Poolco approach in the belief that it would be easier to collect stranded-cost surcharges from one centralized power pool than in a highly decentralized direct-access market. The opening of wholesale markets was dictated by FERC and federal regulations, however, these same regulators and legislators decided not to address the retail customer due to large disparities in geography, existing regulation infrastructure, complexity of rule-making, and the rights of states to make and enforce rules pertaining to their citizens. More important, full recovery will defeat the purpose of restructuring, namely, to lower electricity costs for consumers and to improve the competitive advantage of electricity-intensive industries. Small-scale retail wheeling experiments are under way in Michigan and Maine. What is available for review is a comparison to the original goals of EPAct and Order , which included increased access to transmission systems by nontraditional generators, transparency in costs, non-preferential treatment in transmission system use, and maintenance of existing reliability of service. This appears equivalent to the scenario of long distance telephone competition in which consumers are inundated with varying offers. There is much work remaining to make the process more effective and provide increased access, reliability, and control without dramatically increasing costs for wholesale and, in turn, retail consumers. Utility executives quickly took the defensive and embraced a strategy of capital minimization. With the exception of price spikes in the Northeast and the Midwest based on market forces and one reliability failure in for the Northeast, it appears that the wholesale side of electric deregulation has been mostly successful to this point based on these limited benchmarks. As the prices moved higher, contractual defaults started to increase. Unlike many of his industry peers, CEO Buckman strongly supports direct access.

Only time will tell. However, what the regulation or deregulation of the wholesale power market did not address was the creation of a liquid market structure.

Good luck out there. Second, Congress should amend the Federal Power Act to eliminate traditional rate-of-return regulation for electricity generation at state and federal levels.

Those utilities would have to compete head-on with the lower-cost independent power producers and utilities that would have license to invade now-protected markets.

Seeking further expansion, his company has opened an office in Las Vegas, Nevada, which Buckman views as a strategic launching pad for selling electricity services in Southern California and throughout the Southwest once direct access is approved.

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Performance-Based Rate Making. Such interactive relationships allowed Entergy to collect data to help it acquire a deeper understanding of its customers. The second major pitfall that PBR regulators face lies in the set of incentives they must offer the utility to improve efficiency, that is, to encourage the utility to move toward point Y. An increasing number of independent power producers are succeeding in breaching the regulatory wall protecting high-cost producers. The high-cost utilities have made it seem as if the battle over the future of the industry is between large and small users. At best, limited deregulation will bring slightly lower electricity prices in those states. In other parts of the country, cities or companies have used the threat of municipalization to force suppliers to cut rates. The act empowered the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to order any utility to open its transmission grid to bulk-power wholesalers, including other utilities and independent power producers. In Pennsylvania, the state government proposed centralization of electric generation and a transmission system to connect existing customers and new customers and this was decried as un-American. In the future, ESCO representatives will provide customers with a large menu of price options.
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