CROSS THE COUNTRY, CRITICISM RISES FROM INVESTOR-owned utilities as public power agencies are drawn into regional or national markets through power pools and the geographic expansion of power...
to realize that retail competition, per se, may not be socially desirable. Only when combined with reforms in pricing, obligation to serve, planning, and other regulatory rules will retail competition enhance the industry's economic performance.
We agree that retail competition in an otherwise unchanged regulatory world can produce adverse results. But such a world would likely be unsustainable, since market pressures would engender the necessary procompetitive reforms in regulatory rules.
Kenneth W. Costello and Robert E. Burns
The National Regulatory Research Institute
Energy Management Associates/EDS
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