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Utility Roles in Preserving the Industrial Base
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While the price of energy may have stabilized for the moment, the impact of several years of rate increases in the cost of energy, materials, and labor has made American industry re-evaluate its operations. Utilities serving clusters of industrial segments can see dramatic and rapid changes in their load. At the same time, some of these utilities are experiencing rate shock as nuclear plants are being cancelled and rolled onto their rate bases. What will the impact be? What can an industry do? How large a problem could occur if a utility or public utility commission merely assumed that its industrial base just had to "grin and bear it?" This presentation highlights the history of utility roles and recent experiences in California, Houston, and Florida as examples; these observations are related to a framework of roles a utility or public utility commission can play. The conclusion is that utilities must exercise caution yet take appropriate action in preserving the industrial base.
Gilbert, J. S. (1985). Utility Roles in Preserving the Industrial Base. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu). Available electronically from