BILL REQ. #: S-0651.1
|State of Washington||58th Legislature||2003 Regular Session|
Read first time 01/14/2003. Referred to Committee on Natural Resources, Energy & Water.
TO THE HONORABLE GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES,
AND TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF
REPRESENTATIVES, AND TO THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE
UNITED STATES, IN CONGRESS ASSEMBLED, AND TO THE HONORABLE SPENCER
ABRAHAM, SECRETARY OF THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, AND TO
THE MEMBERS OF THE FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION, CHAIRMAN
PATRICK WOOD, III, COMMISSIONER NORA M. BROWNELL, AND COMMISSIONER
WILLIAM L. MASSEY:
We, your Memorialists, the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Washington, in legislative session assembled, respectfully represent and petition as follows:
WHEREAS, The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proposal establishing a standard market design (SMD) for electricity proceeds from the premise that a single market model will work for the entire nation, as a result it would fundamentally change the way the transmission system is operated, expand the Commission's authority in state decisions regarding resource adequacy and demand response, and dismantle the regional benefits derived from public power; and
WHEREAS, Washington state has a comprehensive electricity policy, which encourages efficiency while reflecting our unique resource base; and
WHEREAS, The Northwest electricity system is different from most of the rest of the nation, including substantial differences in the transmission ownership, a hydro-based system where the amount of energy generated is limited by the amount of water in the rivers and behind the dams, complex legal arrangements for multiple uses of the water to meet diverse goals (power, irrigation, fisheries, recreation, and treaty obligations), and a hydro-based system that requires substantial coordination among plant owners and utilities, rather than the competitive market-based structure the SMD promotes; and
WHEREAS, The Northwest electricity system has produced affordable, cost-based rates and reliable service for our region; and
WHEREAS, Deregulation broke up traditional regulated utilities in order to create trading markets with the promise of lower costs, more consumer choice, more reliability, and fewer government bailouts. It in fact produced higher prices, more manipulation of consumers, volatility, brownouts, and bailouts running into the tens of billions; and
WHEREAS, We believe the SMD would harm consumers in our region through increased costs and decreased reliability;
NOW, THEREFORE, Your Memorialists respectfully pray that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission leave the Northwest electricity system in place and withdraw the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking establishing a Standard Market Design (SMD) for electricity.
BE IT RESOLVED, That in the event that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission does not withdraw its proposal, the President and Congress take action to prevent the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from proceeding with their proposal; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this Memorial be immediately transmitted to the Honorable George W. Bush, President of the United States, the Honorable Spencer Abraham, the Secretary of the United States Department of Energy, the Members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Chairman Patrick Wood, III, Commissioner Nora M. Brownell, and Commissioner William L. Massey, the President of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and each member of Congress from the State of Washington.