California State Senator Bowen offers perspective on whether deregulation is the answer to this summer's shocking electricity price hikes in San Diego.
This summer's shocking electricity price hikes in San Diego that followed market deregulation have directed a lot of heat to the State Senate Energy Utilities and Communications Committee. Senator Debra Bowen (D-Senate District 28), who chairs this Committee, spoke recently with MIR about deregulation and its implications statewide. Senator Bowen highlights the factors that contributed to a rough transition to a deregulated market, and bemoans the lack of effective demand management efforts. She calls on the Legislature to revisit the issue of creating a fully competitive wholesale market, and to push for re-regulation until then. The Senator also serves on the Revenue & Tax Committee, and gives us her insider view on the Internet taxation debate.
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