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LPPC Supports Barton Bill Advancing to Committee,
     Notes Several Issues Still Need Work


For Immediate Release:
     October 26, 1999
Contact:
     Sharon Soltero
     Chair
     Communications Task Force
     Phone: (402) 563-5811

LPPC Supports Barton Bill Advancing to Committee,
Notes Several Issues Still Need Work

        "LPPC supports Subcommittee action to report out the Manager's Amendment to [H.R.2944], in the form it was released on October 19," said Large Public Power Council (LPPC) Chairman T. Graham Edwards in an October 26 letter to Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX), the Chairman of the House Commerce Committee's Energy and Power Subcommittee. However, "[a] number of issues remain of concern and must be addressed as this legislation moves forward."

        A key provision in the bill fixes outdated private use restrictions on facilities financed with tax- exempt bonds. "The private use problem is an enormous federal roadblock threatening public power's successful transition to a more competitive industry. We are pleased Barton recognized the importance of this issue," Edwards said.

        Nonetheless, in the opinion of the LPPC, H.R. 2944, the Electricity Competition and Reliability Act, is still flawed in several key areas, including:

Edwards made it clear in his letter to Chairman Barton that despite the LPPC's concerns, the LPPC supports advancing the bill out of the Energy and Power Subcommittee. "We believe the Manager's Amendment takes substantial steps toward your goal and ours of encouraging competition and providing all consumers with reliable electric service," said Edwards.

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The Large Public Power Council (LPPC) is an association of the nation's 21 largest public power utilities. It serves millions of customers in some of the largest and fastest-growing areas of the country and counts some of America's biggest corporations among its customers.

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