Fortnightly Magazine - January 1 1999

Off Peak

Trade groups carry clout with members, could emerge as next energy aggregators.

Electric utility restructuring has finally arrived as an A-list topic at many mainstream trade associations. According to a new study by the Second Opinion market research firm, energy deregulation is one of the top three issues of concern to groups as disparate as the Chemical Manufacturers Association and the Retail Merchants Association of New Hampshire.

That could foretell a new wave of competition for retail energy.