Independent power generators such as Calpine (CPN
), Dynegy (DYN
), and AES (AES
) now have most of their capacity locked up in long-term contracts, so the new regs won't do them any damage.SHORT-TERM PLAYERS
Other producers such as Reliant haven't nailed down as many long-term deals. They trade most of their capacity on the price-capped spot market, so earnings could be hit.TRADERS
With trading likely to slow sharply in the Western market, power marketers and traders such as Enron (ENE
) and Aquila could see trading volumes and profits decline in the region.