FEMP Web Site on Utility Management Links Up with PNNL

June 1, 2002

In collaboration with DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, FEMP's utility services and restructuring web site has expanded its capabilities with ready access to utility management information in an easy-to-use format. The FEMP utility management site has even more to offer with its new link to PNNL's utility management web site. The PNNL utility management link can be accessed at www.eere.energy.gov/ femp/utility/utility_restruct.html and then click on "Utility Market Restructuring."

The PNNL web link focuses on managing utility costs and improving energy use efficiency. The site's electric and gas pages provide information on utility restructuring at the State and Federal levels, energy prices and price trends, potential supply reliability concerns, and other topics. The energy use management pages inventory potential sources of assistance and funding for energy efficiency and energy management projects. The three major sections include:

Electric Cost Management—This section contains information about the status of electric utility restructuring in each State and how it affects your facility. There is also a glossary of electric terms, information about regional transmission organizations, State power reliability, frequently asked questions and answers, FEMP resources, a primer about electric utility restructuring, informative presentations, and links to other helpful web sites.

Gas Cost Management—This section provides information about the status of gas utility restructuring in each State and how it affects your facility. There is also a glossary of gas terms, information about customer classes, frequently asked questions and answers, FEMP resources, and links to other helpful web sites.

Energy Use Management—Provides information about funding and assistance through energy efficiency, load management, and demand response programs in your State. The section includes information on public benefit funded programs, which are paid through a Systems Benefit Charge typically instituted as part of restructuring legislation or rules.

The site is currently being enhanced to change the focus from tracking energy restructuring at the State level to concentrating on managing energy costs and usage. The sections on regional transmission organizations and power reliability will be maintained, and new sections offering information about utility management fundamentals and renewable energy will be added.

For more information, please contact Mike Warwick of PNNL at mike.warwick@pnl.gov or David McAndrew of FEMP at david.mcandrew@ee.doe.gov.