Government

California’s PX, ISO Gaining Credibility

California’s two government-created, private sector nonprofitcreatures of electric industry restructuring, the power exchange(PX) and grid operator (ISO), continued enhancement of theiroperations with an eye toward becoming regional entities withinfluence through the 12-state Western Systems Coordinating Council(WSCC) and parts of Canada and Mexico.

November 29, 1999

California’s PX, ISO Gaining Credibility

California’s two government-created, private sector nonprofitcreatures of electric industry restructuring, the power exchange(PX) and grid operator (ISO), continued enhancement of theiroperations with an eye toward becoming regional entities withinfluence through the 12-state Western Systems Coordinating Council(WSCC) and parts of Canada and Mexico.

November 29, 1999

Guardian Gets Boost From Wisconsin Businesses

A host of Wisconsin businesses, labor unions and state and localgovernment officials have rallied behind the proposed GuardianPipeline as their last, best hope of injecting natural gascompetition into the state. The coalition, which includes GovernorTommy Thompson, said the proposed 147-mile, $230 million interstatepipeline can create competition with ANR Pipeline, resulting inlower energy prices for consumers and increased reliability.

September 8, 1999

Enbridge Developing New Brunswick Distribution

Enbridge Gas New Brunswick, Canada, won a 20-year renewablefranchise to develop a gas distribution system for the province ofNew Brunswick. The award was made by the provincial governmentfollowing evaluation of competitive bids submitted earlier thisyear. Enbridge Gas New Brunswick is a joint venture betweenEnbridge Inc., with a 63% interest, and 28 local New Brunswickinvestors.

September 8, 1999

Independents Dominate Lackluster Lease Sale

If the results of last week’s Gulf of Mexico lease sale are any indication, the federal government is now feeling the effects of weak commodity prices and industry consolidation.

August 30, 1999

ComEd, APX Team Up to Form Power Exchange

Separating itself from government-created organizations like theCalifornia Power Exchange, the privately funded California-basedAutomated Power Exchange (APX) yesterday (July 27) announced plansto set up shop with a cash-based exchange in Illinois this fallwhen customer choice begins (Oct. 1) in the electricity industry.The announcement was made in Chicago in conjunction with localinvestor-owned utility Commonwealth Edison, whose transmissionsystem will be used to create a competitive power market inIllinois.

July 28, 1999

Majors Say Oil Dumping Charge Lacks Merit

Following in the footsteps of gas pipelines, major producershave asked the federal government to reject an independentproducer-backed petition that seeks to have tariffs imposed oncrude oil imports from four foreign countries accused of illegaldumping.

July 22, 1999

Batten Down the Hatches This Hurricane Season

If government predictions are correct, Gulf of Mexico producerscould be shutting in more rigs and shuttling more workers to safetythis hurricane season than last.

June 7, 1999

Industry Briefs

The Department of Defense intends to award the federalgovernment’s largest energy-saving performance contract ever toPepco Energy Services and Viron Energy Services. Pepco EnergyServices is a subsidiary of Potomac Electric Power Co. Viron EnergyServices is a subsidiary of York International Corp. President BillClinton announced the $200 million contract, designed to implementenergy-savings measures for the Military District of Washington(MDW). The MDW is a major Army command encompassing five Armyposts: Fort George G. Meade in Maryland; Fort Myer, Fort Belvoirand Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia; and Fort Lesley J. McNair inWashington, DC. More than 2,100 buildings were examined for energyimprovements. The 18-year MDW contract will result in about $220million in overall cost savings.

June 7, 1999

New Hurricane Season Could Blow Away Last

If government predictions are correct, Gulf of Mexico producerscould be shutting in more rigs and shuttling more workers to safetythis hurricane season than last.

June 3, 1999