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Gas Marketing Affiliates: Why Mandate a Corporate Separation?

Fortnightly Magazine - May 1 1997

by the utility industry.

8In a true competitive market, of course, there would be no need for regulatory oversight of prices. However, in retail sales to traditional core customers, the energy market is currently in a "transition state" somewhere between a traditional monopoly and a competitive market. So long as there remains an issue whether gas commodity sales to any class of customers is workably competitive, it is far better from a consumer protection standpoint to maintain some level of regulatory responsibility for service prices to that class.

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