It doesn’t happen very often, so we’re noting an apparentlyspontaneous comment from Dynegy Counsel Ed Ross at a FERCRoundtable last week that one of his chief competitors, Enron, “hasdone an excellent job of being competitive.” He suggested otherscould look to Enron as a “model competitor. They’ve done a verygood job of setting up a strong financial desk and a strongphysical desk and we don’t see any problem with it. I think theyhave set up their books in a way that they truly have separationbetween the regulated and unregulated aspects of their business.”
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A day after it filed for a 35% rate increase, noting growinguncollected power costs, (see Daily GPI, Jan. 25) Sempra Energy reported a 20%increase in earnings in 2000 over 1999. Earnings for the parent of SanDiego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas totaled $429million, or $2.06/diluted share, compared to $394 million or $1.66 perdiluted share for 1999. Revenues for 2000 increased 30% hitting $7billion.
It looks like bears are roaming the market woods for the holidayseason, said a producer noting new softness in both futures andcash prices Friday. No nay-sayers to her assessment could be foundas sources agreed that weather and storage fundamentals continue tolook weak for the foreseeable future, barring a surprise blizzardor two. A marketer said he “wouldn’t be surprised if we end up withDecember indexes looking a lot like November’s.”