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What Energy Crisis?

Is it fair for our community to shoulder any more of the burden of solving California’s trumped up energy crisis?

Bechtel-Shell launched secret negotiations with Vallejo City officials on the heels of the 2001 summer of electrical blackouts and soaring energy prices. This "energy crisis" continues to be Bechtel-Shell's primary reason why this plant should be built in Vallejo.

Over a year later, this "energy crisis" has been shown to be a trumped up crisis of corporate greed. Most government regulatory bodies, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the California Public Utilities Corporation have determined that the 2001 crisis was the result of market manipulations and withholding of energy sources, including natural gas.

Related Links:

PUC Prevails in FERC Ruling on Market Power Complaint Against El Paso

CA Public Utilities Commission Report on Wholesale Electric Generation Investigation

Sacramento Bee article: FERC Official Finds Gas Firm Squeezed State

PBS Frontline - links about energy crisis, FERC and CPUC investigations

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Page Last Updated Jan 8, 2003