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Electricity Deregulation Proceeding In 24 States

February 1, 2001

The Center for the Advancement of Energy Markets has just released its second annual ranking of states based on how aggressively they are moving toward electricity deregulation. The report, "Regional Energy Deregulation 2001," says:

  • Twenty-four states and Washington, D.C., have been actively moving toward consumer choice in power supplies -- the rest, mainly in South and Central regions of the country, are doing little or nothing to achieve the goal.
  • Pennsylvania, New York, Maine, Maryland, Arizona, New Jersey and the District of Columbia have been the most aggressive in pursuing deregulation, according to the group's rankings.
  • States which are pursuing deregulation, but doing so in low-gear, include Vermont, New Mexico, Arkansas, West Virginia and Oregon.
  • Consumers in Hawaii, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont and Maine are burdened with the highest average kilowatt hour rates in the country -- in excess of 10 cents per kilowatt hour.

Utah, with average prices in the first nine months of 2000 at 4.7 cents per kilowatt hour, had the nation's lowest electricity prices.

Source: Del Jones, "State Take Varied Routes to Energy Deregulation," USA Today, February 1, 2001.

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