BILL REQ. #: S-0924.2
|State of Washington||58th Legislature||2003 Regular Session|
Read first time 02/03/2003. 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 recently proposed a new pricing policy for the rates of transmission owners that transfer operational control of their transmission facilities to a Regional Transmission Organization (RTO), form independent transmission companies within RTOs, or pursue additional measures that promote efficient operation and expansion of the transmission grid; and
WHEREAS, The proposed policy would create rate incentives based on an unproven theory that it will improve grid performance, reduce wholesale transmission and transactions costs, improve electric reliability, and make electric wholesale competition more effective; and
WHEREAS, The proposal offers a single model for the entire nation and fails to recognize regional differences in electricity generation and transmission or the 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 and has produced affordable, cost-based rates and reliable service for our region; and
WHEREAS, We believe the proposed pricing incentives would harm consumers in our region through increased costs without any positive cost-benefit analysis; and
WHEREAS, We believe the proposed pricing incentives will harm the investment climate for new electricity infrastructure in the region due to the Commission's inability to ensure delivery of the promised incentives, and because the incentives first apply to existing transmission and second to new investment, but only if a utility is a member of an RTO; and
WHEREAS, We believe the proposed pricing incentives will make more difficult the formation of any new regional transmission organization that is, in fact, well-designed to fit Northwest regional circumstances because the generic incentive is a new cost that may outweigh any benefits of such an organization;
NOW, THEREFORE, Your Memorialists respectfully pray that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission leave the Northwest electricity system in place and withdraw its proposed new pricing policy for the rates of transmission owners until such time as a cost-benefit analysis is completed that indicates a positive benefit for Northwest consumers, and the region expresses its desire to form a new transmission organization; and
Your Memorialists further pray 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.
BE IT 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.