Energy Policy:

PPC's Marilyn Showalter says FERC's Western bend may affect utility issues

With a new FERC set to meet for the first time, questions are being raised as to whether or not a dominantly Western commission will have an effect on Western utility issues. During today's OnPoint Marilyn Showalter, executive director at the Public Power Council, explains why she thinks the Market Redesign and Technology Upgrade (MRTU) would be unsuccessful in the West. She discusses California's reliance on surrounding states for power, particularly during the summer months and talks about a new policy proposal released by the Bonneville Power Administration.