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Restructuring in the Rearview Mirror:
Revisiting California's Doomed Experiment in Electricity Deregulation, Ten Years Later.
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Although the formal State of Emergency lasted well into 2003 (when Gov. Gray Davis was facing a recall election that eventually put Arnold Schwarzenegger into power), by early 2002, the Western Electricity Markets Crisis had pretty much played itself out.
"All over but for the shouting," is a phrase that comes to mind.
While California Energy Markets continued to follow all the political recriminations, regulatory proceedings and resulting litigation, I tried to look forward to a time when saner minds might prevail.
This two-part column from January 2002 is based on a special project conducted for the Energy Foundation, in which I interviewed noted economists and thought-leaders about what should be done to restore a stable energy marketplace.
Not surprisingly, six different economists offered six differing solutions -- some of which made sense.
Where Do We Go from Here? January 11, 2002
First Steps to a Stable Energy Market, January 25, 2002
Special to Sacramento Bee:
Still Paying for Power Crisis a Decade later, Dec. 2009
Special to California Current:
Crisis Dust Still Settling 10 Years Later Nov. 29, 2010
What If Restructuring Worked? (An Alternate History) January 2006
The Changing Energy Marketplace, June 1997 How a $20 Sale Became a $150 Loss, August 1996 The New Marketers, November 1997 The Take-Home Message for Reporters, February 1998 Success and Failure in the New Energy Marketplace, October 1998 The Reregulatory Keychain, August 1999 Prospects for the New Power Market, October 1999 After the Freeze in San Diego, November 1999 Customer Reversions Impede Restructuring Achievements, December 1999 Making Policy in a Panic, June 2000 ESPs Wash Out, July 2000 Curtailment Fatigue Syndrome and PX Sticker Shock, August 2000 The Summer of Discontent, September 2000 The Half-Baked Rate Freeze, October 2000 The Random Numbers Generator, October 2000 Myths Exposed, Myths Expounded, November 2000 The Great TV Detectives Crack California's Market Mystery, December 2000 The Festival of Darkness, December 2000 Soul of the Grid: Electric Coup D'Etat, January 2001 Requiem for Open Markets, February 2001 California's Energy Jig-Saw Puzzle, February 2001 What a Disappointment! April 2001 Unintended Consequences, April 2001 Time to Put the Evidence on the Table, May 2001 If the Boot Fits: Stereotypes, July 2001 DWR Caught Long, But It's Not the Only One, July/August 2001 From the Front Pages to the Back Burner?, September 14, 2001 Persistence Pays; Conservation Comes Through, October 14, 2001 Enron in Bankrupty: All Things to All People, December 7, 2001
Disclaimer: These reports originated in the California Energy Markets newsletter, copyright held by Energy NewsData Corporation. They are reprinted with permission, or summarized in a fair-use kind of way.
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