Opinion 98-7 extended Case 98-E-0405 to further examine the issues relative to subjecting nuclear power to a competitive, market-based environment. The examination will begin with a collaborative process and may move to litigation on particular issues, if necessary. Following are the issues raised in the opinion that will be used as a basic agenda for the inquiry; but other pertinent matters may be raised as well:Market Pricing: the need to consider unique scheduling requirements, safety, environmental effects, fuel diversity, reliability, etc.
Nuclear Divestiture: the need to consider transaction costs, NRC processes and requirements, remaining service lives, impact shutdown, decommissioning responsibilities, auction procedures, IRS requirements, etc..
Other Issues: the need to consider potential impacts on property taxes and local communities, the need for an immediate market test to determine the prudence of increased stranded costs during the transition period,and thereafter, etc.
Opinion 98-7 concluded that the Commission adopted "as a rebuttable presumption the premise that nuclear power should be priced on a market basis to the same degree as power from other sources, and parties challenging that premise bear a substantial burden of persuasion." The footnote on p. 25 notes that the same presumptive validity is not assigned to divestiture and "... that parties opposing it do not bear the correspondingly augmented burden of persuasion...".
The following links to relevant information are currently available:
- Interim Report - July 1999(103KB PDF)
- Interim Report Appendices - July 1999 (232KB PDF)
- Opinion No. 98-7, Issued and Effective: March 20, 1998
- Case 94-E-0952- In the Matter of Competitive Opportunities Regarding Electric Service;
- Case 98-E-0405- In the Matter of Nuclear Generation in a Competitive Market for Electricity, filed in Case 93-M-0229
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