Electricity Markets

Retail Electric Rates in Regulated and Deregulated States, 2019 Update

According to this analysis of data from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration, increases in retail electric prices from 1997 to 2019 were about the same in states with deregulated electric markets and in regulated states, though regulated states had a slightly higher percentage increase in prices.

The report reviews data on electric rates in 16 states plus the District of Columbia - those with "retail choice" in place - compared to states that have traditional rate regulation. The data show that after 22 years of deregulation, rates have risen the same nominal amount across each category.

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