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Deregulation Paves Way for Renewables, Study Says
A new state-by-state analysis of electricity markets released August 22nd by Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture) found consumers pay less for energy and have greater access to cleaner energy than in 1996, prior to deregulation. The study found that states with the most competitive markets pay the least for energy and have the most access to clean energy. According to the report, clean energy policies are in place in 17 restructured states, and only 2 monopoly states. Such policies include creating state funds for renewable energy development and requirements that electricity companies produce increasing ratios of clean energy. The report concludes that deregulation is a misnomer: "Typically electricity restructuring is a combination of increased use of wholesale and retail competitive markets with continued regulation and public policy interventions."