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Frequently Asked Questions

Electricity deregulation leads to many questions, we have the answers!
  • When did electricity deregulation begin?

    The deregulation of the electric utility industry began in the early 1990s when open access to the wire system that delivers electricity to the commercial and residential markets was guaranteed by Federal legislation. The primary objective was to increase competition in the generation and sale of electricity. This was a significant development in American commerce since the electric industry produces more than $200 billion in annual revenues to industry participants. Electricity deregulation is now being implemented on a state-by-state basis over a period of years, which contrasts long distance telephone deregulation, which was done on a national level all at once.

  • What is deregulation?

    Deregulation enables legislation and agreements between the state's regulatory body (normally the public service commission or the public utility commission) and the utilities operating within the state. The deregulation of the electricity and natural gas industries creates opportunities for businesses to reduce total expenses by enabling businesses to select suppliers for the best combination of price and reliability. The primary objective of electricity deregulation is to create a competitive market, resulting in lower energy costs. And it’s working... The number of suppliers in the market is increasing, leading to more competition and lower prices.

  • What do I have to gain from electricity deregulation?

    Electricity deregulation allows businesses to shop for the electricity portion of their bill. In a deregulated market, the supply/generation component of electricity is approximately 75% percent of the monthly bill, when combined with transmission.

    The remaining portion of the bill contains the costs for distribution, servicing, and administration/billing, which are now maintained by the local utility. This means the local utility will continue to service the account and deliver electricity through its wires, regardless of the supplier.

  • What happens to my local utility when it deregulates?

    In order to create a competitive electric market, your local utility is required to separate its generating assets (power plants) from the delivery and services part (utility company) of the business. It continues to be regulated, deliver electricity, own and maintain the wires, provide service, and render customer bills. No longer in the business of generating power, it is indifferent as to your source of electricity.

  • What do I need to know about the market?

    To make an informed decision in a deregulated market, you must understand and weigh the significance of price, reliability of suppliers, load management, and any associated fees.

    Remember, price is only one component of a contract's terms and conditions. Read any supply offer carefully.