San Diego Union-Tribune
August 8, 2001
Joint task force will decide power issues
COPLEY NEWS SERVICE
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- One day after clashing over whether the federal government should be given authority to site new power lines, the
nation's governors and Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham yesterday announced a
joint task force to tackle the issue.
The panel will also explore ways to streamline the construction of new
power generating plants and to improve multi-state cooperation on managing
Abraham and the governors announced the task force at the National Governors Association meeting here.
Electricity issues have become a pressing concern for the nation's
governors, given the power crisis in California and the spring unveiling of
President Bush's energy policy.
The governors are wary of a federal power grab, especially since states
traditionally have taken the lead role in managing local electricity
systems. An energy policy adopted by the governors yesterday opposes Bush's proposal
to let the federal government site power lines and warns Washington not
force deregulation plans on the states.