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Electric Deregulation, Choice & Change
Tony Anderson- General Manager, Cherryland Electric Cooperative
Energy-101.org– …And then you have the more free market end of that discussion, which is, “They don’t want to produce it. Somebody else will, and we’ll buy it.” In this case it would be outside of Michigan. But somebody’s going to produce the electricity because there’s money to be made. They don’t want to make the money… So what’s the impact in terms of this idea of, you know, “Well, we’ll just buy somewhere else.”
Tony- …So if I’m DTE or Consumers and I’ve got to build a power plant to keep the grid powered up, it’s really not fair that somebody comes in from out of state and uses my capacity and the strength that I put in the grid to wheel power to them and make a profit. They have no investment in Michigan. They have no investment in that capacity that’s needed to support the grid. They’re just using the market and not making an investment in it. So that’s a legitimate argument that anybody with a power plant, anybody who’s produced or constructed generation in Michigan, has...>>
What’s the National Picture Look Like?
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…Advocates of deregulation say reducing government control of the industry will benefit consumers – lowering prices while expanding services and giving the public a say in who supplies the power that runs their computers, toasters, lamps, and more. But among the 24 states that have enacted electricity deregulation plans, results are mixed. Rising prices, skyrocketing demand, and limited supply in some areas have raised questions about the viability of deregulation. At the same time, Congress has been unable to agree on a measure to introduce competition to the electricity market nationwide.>> opensecrets.org
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Energy-101.org …what are the different elements of that pathway that can cause there to be some confusion or opportunities for misadventure?
Tony: Well, there’s 3 distinct segments of the pathway. You have the generation, the coal plant, the gas plant, the nuclear plant. Then you have the transmission system that carries it to an entity like my cooperative, a distribution system. So you have generation, transmission, and distribution. And there’s a cost to each. Generation is…>>
THE MONEY?- As talk of national electricity deregulation intensified in the 1990s, electric utilities — not surprisingly — increased their political contributions to candidates and parties….>> opensecrets.org opensecrets.org
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ELECTRICITY DEREGULATION EXPLAINED
Electricity Deregulation in The United States is now more than 15 years into an experiment to deregulate and restructure the electric power generation, transmission and distribution industry….Why are there such broad disagreement about the impact of Electricity Deregulation? How do the results of deregulation and restructuring compare with predictions?…>>