Consumers Deserve Retail Electric Power Competition

Law360 (September 9, 2019, 10:44 PM EDT) -- Proposals to eliminate competition in retail electric supply to consumers are in the air. A consultant to the Massachusetts attorney general has just published an update to a report from last year, asserting that retail competition has led to nothing but losses. The report coincides with the recent filing of lawsuits alleging that competitive suppliers are committing fraud or engaged in unfair and deceptive practices, because agreed prices were higher than the cost of default service.

But, while certainly worth considering, the economic analysis by Susan Baldwin, a former Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities regulator, overlooks important aspects of the competitive...

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