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Unique restructuring in Oregon

The Oregon legislature has passed a unique utility restructuring bill, which is soon expected to be signed into law by Governor John Kitzhaber. The bill opens the market for commercial and industrial customers but only allows residential customers a set of three pricing options from their incumbent utility: a traditional cost based rate, a market based rate or a green power rate (Windpower Monthly, June 1999). "We don't think people want [retail choice], and we don't think the market is there," explains Jason Eisdorfer, an attorney for the Citizens Utility Board. Public utilities, which supply one-third of the market in Oregon, will not be required to follow the law. The largest public utility, the Eugene Water and Energy Board, has no plans to participate; it already offers a green power rate.

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