Arnie’s energy plan faces opposition

Californian governor-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger is facing stiff opposition and awkward questions over his energy deregulation plans. In particular, one consumer group is concerned about the implications of his meeting with formerEnron chairman Ken Lay in May 2001. Paul Lyon reports

Arnold Schwarzenegger, newly elected governor of California, wants to use market-based approaches to address the state’s ailing wholesale energy markets. But his plans have courted controversy, and one lobby group has called for the governor-elect to explain the substance of a private meeting he had in May 2001 with then Enron chief Ken Lay.

The governor-elect has unveiled a 16-step programme, which he says will encourage the development of a competitive energy market. The

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