Enron Electrified

Its Net ventures are poised to generate powerful profits

Enron Corp. President Jeffrey K. Skilling was nearly the last person in his company to hear about the energy giant's $15 million effort to begin online trading of natural gas and electricity. In September, when developers were locking in the site's black-and-orange color scheme--just two months before its launch--they finally consulted the boss. That was four months after the team of 380 employees started an around-the-clock effort to build EnronOnline, which has since handled billions of dollars in trades.

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