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Republicans, Daschle Spar on Opening Day of Senate Energy Bill

In his opening volley to the Senate debate on energy legislation, Sen. Frank Murkowski (R-AK) said Senate Majority Tom Daschle (D-SD) will be entirely to blame if controversial proposals to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and natural gas drilling go up in flames.

March 6, 2002

CA Power Producers, Davis Spar in Dueling Press Conferences

The head of California’s small power producers’ trade group and state political officials clashed in separate news media conference calls Wednesday over whether past and present political considerations are hampering moves to bring stability to the state’s continuously unsettled energy markets.

June 28, 2001

El Paso, Adversaries Spar over Level of `Unavailable’ Capacity

As the five-week-old hearing into whether El Paso Natural Gas manipulated gas prices in California last year wound down at FERC last Tuesday, a war of words erupted over just how much transportation on the pipeline was unavailable to customers during 2000 for reasons other than operational factors.

June 25, 2001

El Paso, Adversaries Spar over Level of ‘Unavailable’ Capacity

As the five-week-old hearing into whether El Paso Natural Gas manipulated gas prices in California last year winds down at FERC, a war of words has erupted over just how much transportation on the pipeline was unavailable to customers during 2000 for reasons other than operational factors.

June 19, 2001

Dynegy-Sempra Spar Over Power Plant Outages

Dynegy last Friday clarified its squabble with Sempra Energy’s San Diego utility unit, contending that it never asked for 18 smaller power plants to be shut down, regardless of orders from the California Independent System Operator (Cal-ISO) to produce electricity during peak demand hours.

April 16, 2001

CPUC, El Paso Spar over Causes for High Gas Prices

With California caught in the “midst of a profoundlyserious…crisis” in its deregulated energy markets, the CaliforniaPublic Utilities Commission (CPUC) has called on FERC to “actimmediately” on its complaint against El Paso Natural Gas toprovide some price relief for natural gas and electric customers inthe state.

December 15, 2000

CA Utilities, Regulators Spar Over $5 Billion

Consumers and utilities continued to butt heads in Californialast week over how to deal with almost $5 billion in uncollectedrevenues by the state’s three major investor-owned utilities in thewake of this summer’s wholesale electricity price spikes. Withretail rates frozen the utilities have only collected a portion ofthe added cost of power since May. Consumer activists in SanFrancisco and San Diego last week launched a campaign against theutilities seeking pledges from political candidates throughout thestate to oppose attempts to raise consumer rates to recoverutilities’ costs.

October 2, 2000

CA Utilities, Regulators Spar Over Revenue Under-Collection Issue

Consumers and utilities continued to butt heads in Californialast week over how to deal with almost $5 billion in uncollectedrevenues by the state’s three major investor-owned utilities in thewake of this summer’s wholesale electricity price spikes. Withretail rates frozen the utilities have only collected a portion ofthe added cost of power since May. Consumer activists in SanFrancisco and San Diego last Tuesday launched a campaign againstthe utilities seeking pledges from political candidates throughoutthe state to promise to oppose the utilities’ attempts to raiseconsumer rates to recover their costs.

October 2, 2000

Homeowners Group, D.C. Utility Spar Over Switching Charges

Switching games? Or mind games? This past week, a Washington,D.C.-based nonprofit group, United Homeowners Association, called apress conference to charge that nationwide, utilities are playing”switching games” with consumers who attempt to move to alower-cost competitor, or who attempt to use online energycompanies.

July 31, 2000