Opinion

Most Colorado Residents Favor Roan Plateau Drilling

Colorado voters “solidly” back drilling on the natural gas-rich Roan Plateau, a statewide poll has found.

October 9, 2007

WSI Forecasts a Cold Northeast for December, January

Adding another opinion to the muddled winter forecast scene, Andover, MA-based WSI Corp. said last week that it expects the November-through-January period to average cooler-than-normal temperatures in the major cities of the Northeast and parts of the southern Rockies and Southwest, while warmer-than-normal temperatures are expected across the rest of the northern U.S. and in the Southeast.

October 30, 2006

WSI Forecasts a Cold Northeast for December, January

Adding another opinion to the muddled winter forecast scene, Andover, MA-based WSI Corp. said Monday that it expects the November-through-January period to average cooler-than-normal temperatures in the major cities of the Northeast and parts of the southern Rockies and Southwest, while warmer-than-normal temperatures are expected across the rest of the northern U.S. and in the Southeast.

October 24, 2006

CA Politico Blasts BHP Billiton Offshore LNG Plans

Scrambling to make up ground in opinion polls showing his gubernatorial campaign trailing the incumbent, California State Treasurer Phil Angelides Friday stood on a bluff in Malibu overlooking the Pacific Ocean and declared he is opposed to BHP Billiton’s proposal to build an offshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving terminal about a dozen miles out to sea.

October 2, 2006

Oregon AG Issues Opinion on New State Utility Tax Law

The long-standing “phantom tax” issue that Oregon lawmakers tried to fix this year (Senate Bill 408) prompted a 29-page opinion last Tuesday from state Attorney General Hardy Myers, giving state regulators broad authority to make annual adjustments to keep the tax payment collection component of rates consistent with what each private-sector utility pays for a given year. Consumer groups and utilities are promoting different implementation approaches.

December 30, 2005

Screen’s Price Boost Likely to Be Reversed

As the screen giveth, so can the screen taketh away. That was the gist of opinion about substantially higher cash prices Tuesday that are expected to be followed by equally substantial declines in Wednesday’s quotes.

April 13, 2005

Consumer Groups, Lawmaker Rally to Breathe Life into CA Energy Bill

Taking their case to the court of public opinion on the steps of the state capitol in Sacramento, California’s leading utility consumer group, TURN (The Utility Reform Network) scheduled a rally for a “Sane Energy Future for California” Wednesday. The event brought together small community and business organizations with Fabian Nunez, the speaker of the state Assembly and author of the electric industry reform bill (AB 2006) that was set for a key legislative committee vote.

August 19, 2004

S&P’s Credit Assessment of CPUC’s PG&E Bankruptcy Plan Casts Doubt

The credit “assessment,” or opinion of Standard & Poor’s that surfaced Wednesday in the third day of Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy confirmation hearings has strengthened the utility’s argument that the competing reorganization plan from state regulators and the official unsecured creditors’ committee will not work in getting the utility back to investment-grade credit ratings. The utility sees it as proof the alternative plan can’t be confirmed by the federal bankruptcy judge.

November 25, 2002

Opinion Mixed on Upticks Continuing; Some Doubt AGA

Prices registered across-the-board upticks that generally ranged from about a nickel to 15 cents Wednesday as cash traders had quite a lot on their plates to digest: the sudden resignation late Tuesday of Jeffrey Skilling as Enron’s president and CEO; the subsequent pounding Wednesday taken by stock prices for Enron and other large energy companies; the formation of Tropical Depression Four in the Atlantic; and the moderate futures strength generated during the morning by news of the tropical activity.

August 16, 2001

ALJ Decision Reflects Entergy’s Change in System Plan

A FERC administrative law judge has issued an initial opinion, dividing the allocation of generation capacity costs to interruptible load on the Entergy Corp. system into pre-1995 and post-1995 time periods to reflect Entergy’s change in its system planning in the latter period to exclude interruptible load.

July 9, 2001