Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Command and Control from California's Supreme Soviet - You know them as the CPUC

The CPUC, who knows better than the citizens of California, will force you to reduce your energy use because they still won't build power plants. Did you vote for these folks? Did they ask you what you want?

Short takes...

The California Public Utilities Commission approved an energy action plan that would require the state's investor-owned utilities to spend as much money on energy efficiency programs as they do on building new generation, starting next year. The investor-owned utilities also would be required to provide advanced electric meters to their small commercial and residential customers that would allow them to choose new rates that rise in the afternoon and fall at night or that are tied to the state's real-time market for power.

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality plans to hold a hearing on policies affecting the California electricity market in September. Among the issues the subcommittee will review are a new power market design and Proposition 80, a re-regulation initiative that would prohibit any future restoration of retail direct access.

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