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APPLAUSE, CAUTION AND WARNINGS GREET CPUC POOL PROPOSAL

Wind developers responded to the California Public Utilities Commission's (CPUC) proposal for a wholesale power pool with applause, caution and warnings on July 24. David Simpson, with the law firm of Young, Vogl, Harlick & Wilson, continued to sing the praises of a "renewables portfolio standard," but complained there had not been not one power purchase contract between utility and developers in the last decade. Consultant Nancy Rader filed on behalf of the American Wind Energy Association and the Union of Concerned Scientists. She cautioned that before adopting a pool, the CPUC investigate whether the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission would accept a separate renewables pool or separate pricing index for sources such as wind. Kenetech Windpower indicated it prefers "retail wheeling" to the CPUC's British-style pool since it offers customers the option of choosing clean power.

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