Palm Springs Requests a Wheeling Order From FERC
(April 12, 1996)

46 Parties filed comments in Palm Spring's request for a wheeling order from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in its effort to force its current investor owned utility, Southern California Edison, to wheel power to the city from another provider.

18 Investor Owned Utilities and Edison Electric Institute joined Southern California Edison opposing the request, along with the California Public Utilities Commission, the National Association of Regulated Utility Commissioners, and So Cal Edison funded "Citizens Against the Government Takeover," which claimed the city's request would undermine customer choice.

Virginia Power, which faces a muni-lite uprising in Falls Church Virginia, also filed opposing comments, calling the effort a "sham transaction."

Supporting the city government's request were 11 parties including two investor owned utilities. Heartland Energy Services, an affiliate of Wisconsin Power and Light, commneted that the city could either duplicate or condemn SoCal Edison's system, calling SoCal Edison's refusal to provide transmission services a "delaying tactic." San Diego Gas and Electric affiliate Enova Energy Management also supported the application.

San Francisco consumer group Toward Utility Rate Normalization (TURN) supported the city's request, adding that "if the FERC were to embrace the view propounded by Edison on this issue, it would effectively spell the end to any effort to aggregate the loads of small customers on a community wide basis."

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