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Authors: Harvey Simon
Published by: Harvard Kennedy School
Published in: 1993

Abstract

This is one of three business-government cases, developed in conjunction with the Harvard Electricity Policy Group, which explore the complications arising as the US moves toward a less regulated market in the "wheeling" (transmission and sale) of electricity-a development widely regarded as being no less revolutionary than the break-up of AT&T and the advent of competitive long-distance telephone service. Among the questions which arise: Should large utilities, which had historically been highly regulated, suddenly be forced to compete with low-cost power wholesalers? Who would benefit, who would lose, as a result? Might a long- time power supplier be stripped of its franchise? These cases are provocative both for students of current utility policy and students of general regulatory issues. See also Fighting for Customers: Atlantic Bluffs Confronts a Competitive Challenge (C16-93-1225.0), and The California-Oregon Transmission Project: The Quest for Transmission Access (C16-93-1227.0).

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Abstract

This is one of three business-government cases, developed in conjunction with the Harvard Electricity Policy Group, which explore the complications arising as the US moves toward a less regulated market in the "wheeling" (transmission and sale) of electricity-a development widely regarded as being no less revolutionary than the break-up of AT&T and the advent of competitive long-distance telephone service. Among the questions which arise: Should large utilities, which had historically been highly regulated, suddenly be forced to compete with low-cost power wholesalers? Who would benefit, who would lose, as a result? Might a long- time power supplier be stripped of its franchise? These cases are provocative both for students of current utility policy and students of general regulatory issues. See also Fighting for Customers: Atlantic Bluffs Confronts a Competitive Challenge (C16-93-1225.0), and The California-Oregon Transmission Project: The Quest for Transmission Access (C16-93-1227.0).

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