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107th Congress Legislation


H.R. 238 (Hunter)
Amends the Department of Energy Organization Act to direct the Secretary of Energy to impose an interim regional wholesale price cap, or cost-of-service based rate, upon sales of electric energy at wholesale in interstate commerce whenever FERC determines that the rates being charged are unjust or unreasonable. The governor of any state may opt out of the price limitation. Certain small power producers and cogenerators would be exempt from the price caps. Introduced January 20, 2001; referred to Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R. 264 (DeFazio)
Directs the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to return to wholesale interstate electric rate regulation that was in place prior to Orders 888 and 889. Introduced January 30, 2001; referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R. 268 (Filner)
Amends the Federal Power Act to require FERC to order rate refunds when wholesale electric rates are found to be unjust, unreasonable, unduly discriminatory or preferential. FERC is directed to issue an order setting the maximum price, based on the seller's costs, for electricity sold at wholesale in the Western Systems Coordinating Council if the FERC determines that rates are unjust, unreasonable, unduly discriminatory or preferential. Introduced January 30, 2001; referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R. 312 (Wynn)
Creates an Electric Reliability Organization (ERO). Amends the Federal Power Act to provide for the establishment of mandatory reliability standards to govern the operation of the bulk-power system. Grants the ERO disciplinary and enforcement powers. Grants FERC approval and enforcement jurisdiction. Introduced January 30, 2001; referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H. R. 381 (Stearns)
Prospective repeal of section 210, the mandatory purchase requirement provision, of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA). Introduced January 31, 2001; referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S. 26 (Feinstein)
Companion legislation to H. R. 238. Amends the Department of Energy Organization Act to direct the Secretary of Energy to impose an interim regional wholesale price cap, or cost-of-service based rate, upon sales of electric energy at wholesale in interstate commerce whenever FERC determines that the rates being charged are unjust or unreasonable. The governor of any state may opt out of the price limitation. Certain small power producers and cogenerators would be exempt from the price caps. Introduced January 22, 2001; referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S. 80 (Boxer)
Similar to H R. 268. Amends the Federal Power Act to require FERC to order rate refunds when wholesale electric rates are found to be unjust, unreasonable, unduly discriminatory or preferential. FERC is directed to issue an order setting the maximum price, based on the seller's costs, for electricity sold at wholesale in the Western Systems Coordinating Council if the commission determines that rates are unjust, unreasonable, unduly discriminatory or preferential. Introduced January 22, 2001; referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S. 172 (Smith, Gordon)
Establishes a reliability organization and standards for transmission of bulk power. Standards would be enforceable by FERC. Introduced January 24, 2001; referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S. 206 (Shelby)
Repeals the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935. Requires that all holding companies and their affiliates provide access to their books and records to FERC and state public utility commissions. Introduced January 30, 2001; referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S. 221 (Boxer)
Establishes in the Treasury a State Electricity Reserve Loan Fund. These interest-free loans are to be used by states to construct electric generating facilities that will only supply electricity to the grid during periods of electricity emergencies, as declared by the Governor of a state. Introduced January 30, 2001; referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S. 286 (Feinstein)
Establishes the Small Business Energy Expense Assistance Fund to provide interest-free loans to small businesses in the state of California which meet certain energy use criteria. Introduced February 8, 2001; referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S. 287 (Feinstein)
Requires FERC to impose cost-of-service based rates on wholesale electric sales by public utilities in the Western energy market. Introduced February 8, 2001; referred to the Committee on Energy Natural Resources.

Page last updated February 16, 2001.

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