Proposed Legislation to Establish a Regional Energy Corporation for the Pacific Northwest

Published by the Government Accountability Office on 1977-08-16.

Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)

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             --bz.Pance       clectr      ici ty      supply      am     icn!acd;

             --cmsefve            electrical          energy:

             --i.avrelop      renewable         encrqy          cesourccs;

          ?he Carp3ratior-2      would rnirirkct      power at wncslccaic       to
    bath tnvrstor-owncx        am2 pu~liely-obnea           electric    lati1.i ties,
.   which -woulci serve     retail      corasurrers    ~raa cc’;lld Aso     ~helc-
    sale Tower ta lergc        incic:tries.         I”, muld      sell power under
    ghrec      rates,      with      a p-eferential              lower       r2tc   for   petrar    t.Czt
    is rc-316       for residential           housing,     including    scS.zoI~ sne
    tiosF:     1s.      ‘Ihis  is incorsistent
                                            ‘          wit.:    the crescnc     73?icy
    of mi: b :etina       PedCraI     cower.      The preference       cu~tcter
    cleuse     in Gistinq         fejislation        has been ictercreted          es
    prefalznce        in rights       Lo Fowcr but no preference             in rates.
            Such a prefeccatial                 rate      is also inco*>sistent                 with
    the Rc9inistration’s                Eational          Energy plan.             That ~1 xra
    wuuli;   rcauire      utilities           t- -,mse out pro~9tional                      rates
    and other       ra:es      that     do ;:‘:       reflect      full       costs.        In this
    reg.3 rd, provisions             ok. the lecjislation               arc alsc        inconsis-
    tent.      A purpsc          of the Corporation                (section          3) is to
    msxinize      the potential             for energy          conservation            while       sec-
    ticn    20 provides          for the prcfcrcntizl                   fl.ower)      rates       to
    certain     consu3ers.            lnie agree witn           the Ad~inictration’s
    plan to eliminate              cronlotiond           electric          rztcs     and recoz-
    mmd the inconsistency                   in the legislation                  be revizec          to
    reflect     this.      GUK      WOKS     has shown that               althoqh         there
    are substantial            Fotentials           for enecqy conservation,                      there
    i-c not enough public               concern        with     the neti         for such con-
    servc3tion      mo low FL;cr              rat.cs would not help this                      situation.
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