Two prominent stakeholder groups--the California Manufacturers & Technology Association and the Western Power Trading Forum--held summer meetings that underscored long-term drives. Traders vetted the changes to the wholesale power trading market run by the grid operator. Manufacturers continued to call for direct access as a way to lower the price of electricity to their facilities. Traders are willing to wait for a more finely tuned wholesale market, they said during a WPTF conference late last month. The California Independent System Operator has repeatedly delayed the launch of its new wholesale market while details continue to be worked out. Currently, that part of electricity trading amounts to about 5 percent of the market. At its height, during the 2000-01 electricity crisis, about 35 percent of trades were done through the grid operator. Now, most electricity deals are under long-term contracts. Manufacturers remain keen on restoring \u201cdirect access\u201d--an opportunity that many of them took up during deregulation, but which was cancelled in the post-energy crisis days. The group also opposes many new proposed laws, including a low-carbon fuel standard that would apply to producers (AB 1240); limitations on advertising carbon credits unless approved by the California Air Resources Board (SB 1762); and an increase in the renewable portfolio standard from 20 percent to 33 percent (SB 411). CMTA also opposed increased oversight of liquefied natural gas proposals (SB 412); an expansion of the state\u2019s self-generation program that would exempt low-income customers from paying for it (AB 1064); the California Air Resources Board\u2019s regulation of voluntary emission offsets (AB 1851); and use of ratepayer funds to help educate workers for clean energy jobs (AB 2224). CMTA members do support one bill that extends subsidies for self-generation to fossil fueled cogeneration (SB 1012).