A place for regulation

August 2003
Crain's Detroit Business;8/25/2003, Vol. 19 Issue 34, p8
In case of energy distribution, more federal muscle is badly needed to properly regulate the distribution of electrical power in the U.S. Michigan's primary energy companies, DTE Energy Co. and CMS Energy Corp., have sold their transmission systems to two private companies that share a joint operating center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. A transmission-company executive testified in the Michigan Senate last week that the Michigan blackout occurred when the transmission systems in northern and southern Ohio separated, forcing a surge of 4,800 megawatts of electricity onto America Electric Power Co.'s lines in Indiana,Pennsylvania and into Michigan. Michigan's congressional delegation must come together in a bipartisan way to enact federal powers to regulate and coordinate energy transmission nationwide.


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