High electric rates are forcing a growing number of low-income consumers to choose between energy, medicine and health care. **** While there are a number of reasons behind high electricity rates, one major contributor is the deregulated electricity markets. The 42 million consumers in full retail choice states served by Regional Transmission Organizations are being hit hardest – their rates are 55 percent higher than those in regulated states, a gap that has been increasing, according to data from the Energy Information Administration.Groups signing the statement include
“At a time when consumers are facing extreme hardships from rising electricity costs and growing numbers face shut-offs, FERC must assure electric rates are just and reasonable.” said Mark Crisson, president of APPA. “The promises of deregulation – competition and lower prices – have not been kept. While energy costs across the country have risen, the electric rates in deregulated markets have climbed faster than the rates in regulated areas.”
American Public Power Association
National Consumer Law Center, on behalf of its low-income clients
Alliance for Affordable Energy
Democracy and Regulation
Empowerment Center of Greater Cleveland, Inc.
Public Utility Law Project of New York, Inc.
TURN* The Utility Reform Network
Virginia Citizens Consumer Council