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Author Sweeney, James L.
Title The California electricity crisis / James L Sweeney.
Published Stanford, Calif. : Hoover Institution Press : Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, c2002.
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Description xii, 291 p. : ill. (some col.), col. maps ; 24 cm.
Series Hoover Institution Press publication ; no. 513 [i.e. 503]
Hoover Institution Press publication ; 503.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. Introduction and overview -- 2. California's restructuring: turning opportunity into risk: -- California utilities before restructuring -- The changing federal regulatory structure -- Opening transmission networks -- Impacts on California electricity before restructuring -- Motivations for California electricity deregulation -- California public utilities commission leadership -- Wholesale markets under the restructured system -- Municipal utilities -- 3. The challenge: -- The nature of challenge -- Electricity supply and demand patterns -- Wholesale price increases -- Why did wholesale prices increase so much? -- California-controlled wholesale price controls -- The financial challenge -- State policy responses during the challenge period -- 4. Through crisis: -- The nature of crisis -- The electricity crisis -- The financial crisis -- State and federal policy responses -- California policy during the crisis: a critique -- 5. From crisis to blight: -- Long-term electricity purchase contracts -- Electricity revenue bonds -- Inclusion of the utilities' past crisis costs in future electricity rates -- Paying sunk costs through future electricity prices -- Elimination of direct access -- State power authority -- 6. Policy options: what next?: -- Improve regional integration -- Improve California electricity markets -- Improve risk management -- Manage California's financial obligations.
Note Also issued online.
Summary "California began the decade of the 1990s with a vertically integrated electric power system that had been working reasonably well under regulation. Still, there were opportunities for improvement. Although some reasons offered for restructuring were unrealistic, sufficiently valid reasons existed to proceed. There was, however, risk from the very beginning that things could go wrong - and go wrong they did.".
"The restructuring, often mischaracterized as "deregulation," put the state and the investor-owned utilities in an inappropriately risky economic position. The risks became realities as the perfect storm hit California's electric system. The western states failed to build new generation capacity to match their growth in power consumption. Problems became apparent in the new California wholesale markets. Low rainfall in the Pacific Northwest curtailed hydroelectric generation and precipitated an electricity shortage. The challenge to California was serious and difficult.
The California Electricity Crisis details the events that ultimately led to the crisis: the policy decisions, consequences of those decisions, and alternatives that could have averted the crisis and the current blight."--BOOK JACKET.
Local Note Duane Georgeson; Gift.
Subject Electric utilities -- Government policy -- California.
Electric industries -- California.
Energy policy -- California.
Related To Online version: Sweeney, James L. California electricity crisis. Stanford, Calif. : Hoover Institution Press ; Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, c2002 (OCoLC)654319264
ISBN 0817929118 (casebound : alk. paper)
9780817929114 (casebound : alk. paper)
0817929126 (pbk : alk. paper)
9780817929121 (pbk : alk. paper)
OCLC number 49664425