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Fortnightly Magazine - June 1 2003

Off Peak

A Fortnightly Questionnaire
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Retail Power: Double Down or Fold?

Utility retail is at a crossroads. Energy executives must decide which path to follow.
Derek HasBrouck

Utility retail is at a crossroads. Energy executives must decide which path to follow.

There are only two routes to creating or maintaining shareholder value in competitive retail electricity marketing: double down to grow the business significantly or fold and divest the business from its portfolio. Utilities and their competitive retail affiliates should determine today which of these two strategic bearings they wish to follow. The tentative middle ground of hold is simply a way to postpone the inevitable and erode shareholder value.

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