Court Upholds D.C. Fees For Energy Providers

Law360, New York (May 21, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- An appeals court has refused to overturn a District of Columbia Public Service Commission rule setting the formula to determine how much unregulated energy and telecommunications providers should contribute to the Commission’s annual operating budget.

Although the law was passed in the 1990s, companies such as Washington Gas Energy Services Inc., which filed the appeal, only became subject to the formula after D.C. deregulated the electricity, natural gas and telecom distribution industries in 2000.

“The premise of deregulation is that alternative suppliers will find strong business...
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