Senate Agriculture Panel to Take New Look at Derivatives Regulation

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s initiative to regulate trading of over-the-counter (OTC) energy derivatives, which was defeated during the debate over the Senate energy bill last month, has sprung to life again. The California Democrat has persuaded Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), who supports her effort and is chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, to hold a hearing on the measure.

May 20, 2002

Court Upholds PSC Restrictions on Utility Affiliates

A Maryland Circuit Court has upheld the state public service commission’s authority to regulate the relationship between utilities and their affiliates. In an order issued last July, the Maryland PSC extended its regulatory reach to cover not only marketing affiliate relationships with the regulated utility, but also those of so-called “non-core” affiliates, such as energy service companies. The order angered gas and electric utilities, who sought to have it overturned.

May 1, 2001

TRC Hears Calls for Less Regulation

The best way to ease the burden of high natural gas costs is tolet producers produce and not overly regulate generators, industryofficials told the Texas Railroad Commission this week. The TRC,which is preparing recommendations on the state’s natural gasmarket, will hear testimony from stakeholders again Thursday beforefinalizing its recommendations for state legislators.

February 28, 2001

Consumer Push to Re-Regulate Electricity

Several consumer groups last week took steps toward pushing forre-regulation nationally and in several states, denouncing effortsto deregulate the electricity industry as flawed.

December 4, 2000

Consumer Groups Push to Re-Regulate Electricity

Several consumer groups last week took steps toward pushing forre-regulation nationally and in states, denouncing efforts toderegulate the electricity industry as flawed.

December 4, 2000

CA Group Pushes to Re-Regulate Electricity

In a take-it-or-leave-it gesture, California consumer advocatesTuesday handed the governor and state legislature an ultimatum torollback electric industry restructuring and insert the state in anexpanded role over the development and operation of power plants.If the elected officials fail to act, the consumer activists planto put another measure on the statewide ballot in 2002.

November 30, 2000

Gas Price Re-Regulation Opposed by Hoecker

Any attempt by Congress to re-regulate natural gas prices to putan end to the escalation in wholesale prices seen this year wouldbe a “mistake,” said FERC Chairman James Hoecker, even though hebelieves $4 gas is too high.

August 17, 2000

CA Regulator Calls for Re-Regulation

One of California’s two newest energy regulators Tuesdayadvocated that the state re-regulate parts of its restructuredelectric industry and re-establish some power he said it has cededin the process to the federal government. The plea was part of apress conference in San Diego designed to assuage concernedelectricity customers whose bills have doubled and tripled due to asummer peak-load price and supply crunch.

July 20, 2000

Pipes, Producers Square Off in OCS Inquiry

The on-going inquiry into how to regulate pipelines operating onthe Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) took center stage at FERC lastweek, with interstate pipelines and natural gas producersresponding with proposals that are miles apart.

July 20, 1998
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