Electric Utility Fuel-Procurement Practices and the Impact of Rate Reform Activities on Small Businesses

EMD-79-2: Published: Jan 19, 1979. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 1979.

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State utility commission oversight activities were reviewed with respect to electric utility fuel-procurement practices, the use of utility-owned coal mines, and the impact of various rate structures on small business electric rates.

From the review, it was concluded that: (1) more State oversight of utility fuel-procurement practices is needed; (2) small commercial customers generally pay higher electric rates than other customer classes; and (3) rate structure reforms have little impact on small business energy costs.

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