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PE Volume 101 Issue 3

GPU offers ACCESS energy management

More than 600 customers have responded to GPU Energy`s request to participate in the ACCESS interactive home energy management program. GPU is in the process of selecting 240 residential customers to take part in a market test. The ACCESS home energy management system creates customer choice by allowing customers to tailor their energy use in relation to cost.

2 trade groups merge for unity

The Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA) has been created as a result of a merger between the National Independent Energy Producers and the Electric Generation Association, two former national trade associations that separately represented the independent power industry. The boards of directors have formally approved the merger, which had been agreed to in principle in September.

Battle over choice to heat up this year

According to this year`s survey results, the findings of which are published annually in the Washington International Energy Group`s l997 Electric Industry Outlook, 86 percent of industry executives now believe that customer choice is inevitable--a 30 percent increase over last year.

Industry study reveals deregulation guidelines

The introduction of customer choice and competition into five formerly regulated industries with similarities to the electric power industry has led to lower prices, equal or improved service quality and many innovations that have benefited all classes of consumers, according to a study recently released by George Mason University`s Center for Market Processes.

Government aid helps alternative fuel position

Higher fuel costs and an increasing demand for environmentally friendly technologies have put pressure on automakers to make alternative technologies available. Government policies are driving the use of alternative technologies and are pushing to make them as convenient as gasoline-fueled vehicles in terms of range and refueling time. The main challenge for this market is to reduce the cost of the alternative technologies and position them to gain consumer acceptance.

Citizen group opposes Entergy rate freeze

Louisiana Citizens for a Sound Economy has delivered letters from electric consumers to the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) opposing Entergy`s request for a seven-year delay in implementing marketplace competition. "Louisiana Citizens for a Sound Economy opposed these proposals, which would effectively deny Louisiana ratepayers the benefits of competition and rate reductions for seven years," wrote Director Beverly Smiley in her letter to the five LPSC Commissioners.

Renewable and alternative generation

A couple of months ago in this column, I said the trend away from government-aided commercialization could not come at a worse time for renewables. The detrimental effects of exposure to "pure" market forces could cause irreparable damage to renewables` near-term future. What I failed to discuss was whether something besides government aid could make my doomsday predictions less pessimistic, if not moot. Certainly taxpayer monies help reduce risk for technology commercialization, but so can cost

Edison to divest 12 California plants

Edison International and its electric utility subsidiary, Southern California Edison (SCE), have approved a plan to auction 12 power plants in SCE`s service territory--100 percent of the utility`s natural gas and oil-fired generation assets. Edison International and its subsidiaries will not bid for the assets in the auctions, scheduled to begin this summer.

Alternative fuels, vehicles make inroads in U.S. markets

More than 385,000 on-road vehicles in the United States will be powered by fuels other than gasoline and diesel in 1997, according to estimates recently released by the Energy Information Administration (EIA). About 70 percent of the alternative fuel vehicles (AFV) will operate on propane, while 20 percent will be vehicles designed to use natural gas. The remaining AFVs will be alcohol-fueled or electric vehicles.

Technology to boost production, not prices

Technological advances in energy-producing and using technologies can have significant impact on the production, consumption and price of energy, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports in its Annual Energy Outlook 1997 (AEO97).

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