Political

Accusations Fly Over CA’s Energy Crisis; Davis Calls for Probe

The main targets of California’s legal and political ire —Texas-based energy giants — are denying any wrongdoing in theface of lawsuits and a state legal probe launched last week in themidst of continuing price spirals and tight supplies for naturalgas and electricity throughout the greater western region.

December 25, 2000

Panel: Politics, Poor Infrastructure Sank California

Political forces and physical problems are at the root of theconstrained California energy market, and because of it, otherstates have slowed their pace toward deregulation and may evendecide to forego it for a while, according to an energy expert whohas helped guide companies through regulatory hearings.

December 1, 2000

Topsy-Turvy Week in FL Ends with Gulfstream Sale

While the political battleground in Florida grew bloodier witheach passing day last week, natural gas pipelines eager to servethe growing market reached a truce agreement of sorts that callsfor Duke Energy and Williams to purchase the proposed GulfstreamNatural Gas System from The Coastal Corp. and ditch their competingBuccaneer Pipeline project for the state.

November 20, 2000

Topsy-Turvy Week in FL Ends with Gulfstream Sale

While the political battleground in Florida grew bloodier witheach passing day last week, natural gas pipelines eager to servethe growing market reached a truce agreement of sorts that callsfor Duke Energy and Williams to purchase the proposed GulfstreamNatural Gas System from The Coastal Corp. and ditch their competingBuccaneer Pipeline project for the state.

November 20, 2000

Canada v. U.S. on Northern Pipeline

Northern pipeline rivalry is taking on political overtones of economic nationalism, with Northwest Territories Premier Stephen Kakfwi calling on industry and government leaders to stand up for Canada by backing a Mackenzie Valley route against the Alaska Natural Gas Transportation System.

October 2, 2000

CA Market Framework Flawed

Aside from the political cries for regulatory actions to provideconsumer electricity rate relief, two days of federal hearingsMonday and Tuesday turned up a wide array of diagnoses andpotential prescriptions for curing what ails California’sstill-convalescing wholesale power market.

September 15, 2000

States Moving to Ensure Winter Gas Supply with Rate Hikes

The California power debacle, with its political and financialramifications, coupled with high natural gas and heating oil pricesand dire government warnings of even worse prices this winter, hasled to a host of actions by those who deal with retail customersand constituents.

August 21, 2000

CA Seeks Clinton’s Aid in FERC Electric Probe

Political repercussions from California’s high-priced heat wavereached all the way to the White House last week as Gov. Gray Davisappealed to President Clinton to pressure the Federal EnergyRegulatory Commission to “accelerate its investigation of wholesaleenergy prices in California.”

August 14, 2000

California Asks Clinton’s Help with FERC

Political repercussions from California’s high-priced heat wavereached all the way to Washington’s White House last week as Gov.Gray Davis asked President Clinton to pressure the Federal EnergyRegulatory Commission to “accelerate its investigation of wholesaleenergy prices in California.”

August 14, 2000

ANWR, Offshore Are Hot Political Topics Again

If you briefly closed your eyes during a House hearing ondomestic energy policy last week, you would have thought you hadbeen transported back in time to the early 1990s. The cast ofcharacters — former Energy Secretary James D. Watkins and formerCongressman Phil Sharp — were the same, and the issues theyaddressed – opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)to drilling and lifting the offshore moratoria — rang a veryfamiliar tune.

May 29, 2000