Economist. 8/28/1999, Vol. 352 Issue 8134, p49-50. 2p. 1 Black and White Photograph, 1 Graph.
Public utilities, Deregulation, Telephone companies, Mergers & acquisitions, Prices, and Electricity
Reports the trends in deregulation of utilities in Germany. Effect of deregulation of telephone and electrical prices; Difficulties for utility companies in light of the price war; Possible consolidation because of the trend.
Economist. 10/10/1998, Vol. 349 Issue 8089, p72-73. 2p. 1 Black and White Photograph.
Electric utilities, Privatization, Prices, and Electricity
Presents information on how independent power projects (IPP) of the electricity companies of rich countries will fare in the late 1990s during economic crises. CMS Energy, an American utility announcing the contract it won in the United Arab Emirates; Other privatization projects on hold; Cuts in projections of electricity demand in Asia; Problems seen as the worst in Indonesia; Price of electricity that IPPs sell to the national utility.
Power resources, Price regulation, Prices, Electricity, and Political attitudes
Discusses the advantages and disadvantages of placing controls on energy prices in the United States. Suggestion that Americans want price controls on gasoline, natural gas and electricity; Discussion of electricity shortages in California; Reasons why U.S. President George W. Bush is reluctant to issue price caps; How California Governor Gray Davis has threatened to sue U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) if it does not control wholesale prices of electricity.
Economist. 11/1/1997, Vol. 345 Issue 8041, p44. 1/2p. 1 Black and White Photograph.
Subsidies, Prices, and Electricity
Reports on the cost of electricity in India. How the government has traditionally subsidized electricity for farmers who need it for irrigation; The political power yielded by farmers in India; Economic factors forcing the government to charge for electricity; The role of chief minister Bansi Lal; Offers of assistance from the World Bank if subsidies are cut; How privatizing the electricity industry would affect prices.
Ponders whether the price of Europe's electricity will ever be set by the free forces of supply and demand. The failure of the European Union's energy ministers to settle that question in May 1996; The ministers' many previous failures to do this; Question of how limited and gradual they want cross-frontier competition to be; France's insistence on a so-called single-buyer system; The compromise proposed by the Italians; What will happen next.