Enron chairman Ken Lay met with Andrew Lundquist to discuss energy policy!
2/22/01 Enron chairman Ken Lay and Enron lobbyist Linda Robertson met with energy
task force executive director Andrew Lundquist to discuss energy policy. Letter
from Alberto R. Gonzales to Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (May 22, 2002).
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"It is not clear that [administration officials] are fully committed to our open access issues," Enron lobbyist
Linda Robertson wrote Lay. "Their lack of zeal for open access, while totally unacceptable, is understandable given that the West Coast power crisis has presented the administration with difficult and unique political issues."
In the end, Bush's energy plan did endorse the concept of a national grid but left it to FERC and Congress to work out the details.
FERC, an independent agency that functions like a national utilities commission, has since unveiled a proposal for such a grid. But it has been sharply criticized by elected officials, state regulators and utilities in the West and the South, and it appears far from becoming official policy.
The documents show that in the spring of 2001, Enron's lobbyists correctly forecast that the administration would eventually accept price limits on electricity in the West.
White House energy advisor Andrew Lundquist "stated he is getting pressure from both Democrat and Republican members of Congress about price caps in the West," Enron's Washington lobbyists reported to Lay. This was interpreted as "a warning that price caps might be inevitable."
Although opposed to price caps, Enron believed that a more visible role for federal regulators might calm public concerns and allow for more far-reaching changes in the industry.
"More aggressive action by the FERC on both market power issues and pricing issues would give the administration enormous political cover and would allow them to redefine the debate," the Enron lobbyists wrote.
Documents Reveal Enron's Clout on Energy Agenda
The memos show behind-the-scenes maneuvering