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California's Electricity Market: A Post-Crisis Progress Report

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Publication Date: January 2007

Publisher(s): Public Policy Institute of California

Author(s): Carl Pechman

Topic: Energy (Electric power)

Coverage: California


California's electric power crisis of 2000-2001 raised the blood pressure of millions of state residents. It also pushed a major utility into bankruptcy, and cost the state billions of dollars in lost productivity and expensive spot-market power. Most experts point the blame at the flawed way California deregulated its electric power markets in the late 1990s. This issue of CEP provides a progress report on the problems and successes of the state's post-crisis re-regulation strategies. These seek to balance consumer costs, environmental protection, and competition in the power marketplace.


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