U.S. electricity decontrol tops energy agenda for 105th Congress

Patrick Crow Energy Policies Editor A recent Senate energy committee hearing on electric industry restructuring drew a standing-room-only crowd. Decontrol of retail electricity markets is the major energy issue facing the U.S. Congress this year, and oil and gas firms are very interested bystanders. The 105th Congress is now working at full speed but has relatively few oil and gas issues on its agenda. Once again, much of the focus will be on environmental bills, such as reauthorization of the Clean Water Act. And once again, energy policy is likely to be set through environmental and tax legislation. Although industry has again proposed some modest changes i...

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