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Sept. 20, 2012

Federal Energy Regulators Finally Focus on J.P. Morgan Energy Unit’s Questionable Activity in California Power Market

Statement by Tyson Slocum, Director, Public Citizen’s Energy Program

 While everyone was paying attention to JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s huge losses caused by botched trading in its London office, Public Citizen was trying to get the authorities to focus on its subsidiary, J.P. Morgan Ventures Energy Corp., which appeared to be immersed in a far more serious practice, potentially illegal manipulation of markets for electric power. The regulators are finally doing that.

The announcement today by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that it is investigating whether the unit complied with FERC’s requests for operational information is welcome news indeed. FERC is questioning whether the subsidiary submitted misleading information or omitted material facts in its communications with the commission, the California Independent System Operator and the operator’s market monitoring department.

The last thing energy consumers need is another Enron. We’re glad to see FERC on the case.

To read our July 19 press release calling for accountability from JP Morgan, visit http://www.citizen.org/pressroom/pressroomredirect.cfm?ID=3666

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