Retail wheeling: Is this revolution necessary?
As of a former state regulator and a once enthusiastic practitioner of public utility law, I find it fascinating to see the latest nostrum to burst on the electric utility scene: retail wheeling. Wheeling became a personal interest in the Texas interconnection fight of the late seventies and may have led to the interconnection and wheeling provision of the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA). Retail wheeling contemplates that every electric power customer should be given an opportunity to seek out the lowest cost source of power wherever it can be found. As a practical matter, the drums for retail wheeling are presently being beaten by large industrial users, who believe that they have the capability to find low cost sources and to make advantageous commercial arrangements to acquire electricity. Large industrials have long been fighting the utilities for cheaper electricity, frequently using the threat of self-generation and cogeneration.
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- Journal Article
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- Journal Name: Energy Law Journal; Journal Volume: 15; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: PBD: 1994
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- United States
- 29 ENERGY PLANNING AND POLICY; 24 POWER TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION; ELECTRIC POWER INDUSTRY; DEREGULATION; ECONOMIC ANALYSIS; ELECTRIC UTILITIES; COMPETITION