Electricity Deregulation

Legislatures and the public utility commissions of many states have opened retail competition for electricity supply. The measures allow consumers of electricity to choose their supplier of electricity (generation), while the delivery of the power (transmission & distribution) remains the responsibility of the incumbent power company (regulated utility).

The purpose of deregulation is to foster competition among electricity suppliers with the medium and long-term goal of combating the high prices maintained by government-sanctioned regional monopolies over nearly the last two decades. There are signs that deregulation of the electricity supply market is working as designed.

Customers now have an increased array of product choices available to them, including renewable energy options, at competitive prices which they are able to select in response to market conditions. As a result, customers gain dominion over their own energy supply costs and procurement strategies. When choosing a supplier, the single most important consideration to be aware of is that there are material differences between the various electricity supply products offered by competitive service providers, especially versus the standard offering made by the incumbent utility from which you have purchased power historically. Some of these differences amount to matters of price, while other differences are much more complex, having to do with reliability of service, etc.

That’s why the Chamber has invested in understanding opportunities to avoid the pitfalls associated with the changing market conditions in Ohio. We are prepared to help you exercise your power to choose a competitive electricity supplier in the most intelligent way possible – by pulling together our members to get the best rates possible in the market using the most qualified and competitive certified retail electricity suppliers (CRES).

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