Eighteen years ago, the state of Maryland deregulated its electricity market with the idea that a free market would give consumers cheaper rates. This has since led to the proliferation of retail electricity suppliers competing for the attention and affection of consumers. With renewable energy production currently on the rise, these suppliers have also been touting what they call “green electricity” plans.
Have consumers made the switch toward these alternative energy plans? Has deregulation delivered on the promise of lowering prices?
Kent Mottice will be here to help answer those questions. He is the Energy Policy Manager at the Maryland Energy Administration, the state agency whose mission is "to promote affordable, reliable and cleaner energy for the benefit of all Marylanders."
Tim Brennan is a professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County where he teaches Economics and Public Policy. He’s also a senior fellow at Resources for the Future, an organization committed to performing rigorous economic research into environmental policy. Ryan Handy covers the regulation of utilities and oil and gas as a reporter for the Houston Chronicle.