Electric Transmission Policy: Regional Transmission Organizations, Open Access, and Federal Jurisdiction: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives One Hundred Seventh Congress, First Session, October 10, 2001 [open pdf - 625KB]
"The open access provision and the discussion draft are equal to what was in the Electricity Restructuring legislation in 2944 in the last Congress. There is a way to ensure equal terms and conditions for transmission access while retaining the unique characteristics of public power and coops. Now I want to pursue that, but I also want to make sure that all who depend upon transmission lines to sell power in the wholesale markets or to purchase wholesale power for their consumers can gain the proper access to the bulk power transmission network. Finally, we're going to welcome witness testimony on the jurisdiction issue. Who should have jurisdiction over the transmission component of a bundled retail sale? This issue is wrapped up in the RTO debate and it may be that members solve this issue when we decide about RTOs. The Supreme Court just last week heard arguments on jurisdiction. I believe that the Congress should step in and provide clarity to the law if a consensus is possible. I want an appropriate role for the States, but I do think that we need a less bulkanized system". Testimony of: John Anderson, James Bennett, David Cook, Glenn English, Peter Esposito, Peter Flynn, Roger Fontes, Allen Franklin, Marc Gerken, Phillip Harris, Robert Johnston, Marty Kanner, Robert Nordhaus, Alan Schriber, James Steffes, Stanley Szwed, Charles Trabandt, Michael Travieso, and Andrew Vesey.