Politics

Partisan Politics, Energy Task Force Dispute Imperil FERC Nomination

The refusal of the Democrat-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee to approve the nomination of Judge Charles Pickering to the federal bench is expected to tie up nominations in the upper chamber for the foreseeable future, including the nomination of Joseph T. Kelliher to fill the vacancy on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

March 25, 2002

Dislike of Markets, Poor Public Policy Foul Western Power Markets

Economics, politics and public policy pressures seem to be converging against the creation of regional transmission organizations (RTOs) and more cohesive, coherent power markets in the West, according to a consultant and a generators’ representative who spoke at GasMart/Power 2002 last Tuesday in Reno. Although on opposite sides in California’s ongoing electricity restructuring debate, they agreed that regulators and public policymakers need to change their approaches substantially in the future.

March 25, 2002

Partisan Politics, Energy Task Force Dispute Imperil FERC Nomination

The refusal of the Democrat-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee to approve the nomination of Judge Charles Pickering to the federal bench last week is expected to tie up future nominations in the upper chamber for the foreseeable future, including the nomination of Joseph T. Kelliher to fill the vacancy on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

March 20, 2002

Politics Won’t Build Alaskan Pipeline

American legislators stand warned again that they will do no favors for the proposed Alaskan natural gas pipeline if they persist in trying to nail down a route chosen by what it does for political constituencies.

March 11, 2002

Nader Group Targets Enron’s Politics

A report by Public Citizen, the consumer advocacy group founded by Ralph Nader, charges that Enron Corp. used its political connections to its advantage in the electric deregulation battle and was “completely dependent on the removal of government oversight.” Meanwhile, in an interview with the news media, former CEO Jeffrey Skilling said that his resignation last August had nothing to do with a belief that the company was failing. He also said the past few months have been the worst of his life.

December 27, 2001

Alaska Pipeline: Politics May Make or Break The Deal

When natural gas prices were sky high a year ago, the “window looked wide open” for the long awaited Alaska natural gas pipe, which would carry supplies from the North Slope to the Lower 48. Months later, however, the announcements from producers are practically nil and President Bush’s energy policy proposal to open up more areas for drilling is barely moving. The abundant North Slope natural gas remains frozen, in more ways than one, and whether it will actually move through a pipe at some point in this decade remain questionable.

July 16, 2001

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
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