On your first and last answers, the fourth I understand is just one of many opinions, I still think debates will not get us where we want to be, which is acting on the emergent worldwide (not just the US) gas crisis pinpointed by Andy, which requires very efficient use of natgas. But since you insist to find out why “… de-regulation wrangling is pertinent to…” the “Playing with Fire” discussion, I will tell you about one very big – key - issue that I posted and that you simply ignored. So I challenge you again without any discourtesy:
Search for Hogan in the following articles, read the complete comments (not only samples), and their links, and get back to me with your conclusions.
What a surprise: Prices move both ways
The Gap Between Demand Response Potential and Demand Response Reality
Post hoc ergo propter hoc: The fallacy of blaming deregulation for rising electricity prices
This time, however, I will post samples of what you will find. As Jack Casazza wrote to me on 12.29.05, under Professor Banks’ article A Few More Unfriendly Comments on Electric Deregulation, “The restructuring and deregulation of the electric power industry was a serious mistake in the USA and in many countries, harming the general public.” The mistake’s origin can be assigned to the most influential person of deregulation and restructuring, Bill Hogan, whose opinions were instrumental in changing the history of electricity. I know he is a very intelligent man, which I have not met. I know that the powerful lobbies were the true means behind the effort to extend the useful life of the investments of the IOUs.
This is part of what I wrote on 4.2.06, under What a surprise: Prices move both ways: ”If there is someone to be questioned (among many others which were part of "the system" of course), it has to be the JFK School of Government economist W.W. Hogan,… see complete post below to find out how the development of price elasticity of demand - demand response – by a market architecture and design flaw of 1992.
In addition, on Please Blame The Deregulation and Regulation Fiascos Parte 2, Hogan claimed on 11.15.96 – see details below - that retail access is easy, while creating the foundation of the protection of “native loads,” keeping a barrier to innovations on the demand side.
The demand response movement got force only after the 14th August 2003 blackout was begun to be understood. However, the 2005 Energy Bill still includes the “native” load possibility for vested interests, which should be repealed, like you would say “the sooner, the better.”
Responding you second and third items, the PJM Timeline shows the long institutional history of PJM, which begin in 1927 with PA and NJ, and became PJM Interconnection in 1956. The NYISO is an outgrowth of the New York Power Pool, formed by New York’s eight largest utilities following the Northeast Blackout of 1965. The Power Pool combined the power generation and technical resources of its members to create an organization committed to the reliable, safe and efficient operation of the electric system.
Thanks for getting back to the generative dialogue.
© 2007. José Antonio Vanderhorst-Silverio, Ph.D.