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We consider a joint power control and transmission scheduling problem in wireless networks with average power constraints. While the capacity region of a wireless network is convex, a characterization of this region is a hard problem. We formulate a network utility optimization problem involving time-sharing across different "transmission modes," where each mode corresponds to the set of power levels used in the network. The structure of the optimal solution is a time-sharing across a small set of such modes. We use this structure to develop an efficient heuristic approach to finding a suboptimal solution through column generation iterations. This heuristic approach converges quite fast in simulations, and provides a tool for wireless network planning.