Utility Buyout Brewing; Grid Limps On

State legislators debated a “cash infusion” for the financiallytroubled private-sector utilities yesterday in exchange for statetakeover of their transmission and generation assets. AndCalifornia Gov. Gray Davis on Wednesday highlighted a package ofproposed bills to provide $120 million in cash incentives and a 50%tax break to renewable energy and distributed generation developersas a means of fulfilling his promise to add 20,000 MW over the nextthree years.

February 15, 2001