UTILITIES: Battle for Power

Giant Bonneville and Grand Coulee Dams generate the power for homes and industries in the Pacific Northwest. They also generate the hottest fight in the U.S. over public v. private ownership of utilities.

Last week private power, battered but still belligerent after ten years of battle, was beset anew. The assault came from a brand-new public power team of strong public utility districts, Rural Electrification Administration units and privately financed cooperatives. Behind them all, as a silent partner, stood the strongest force of all: gigantic, federally owned Bonneville.

The team, called Interstate...