The impact of deregulation and restructuring: An empirical case study of the electric utility industry from 1998 through 2007

by Robinson, Deborah E., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2008, 133 pages; 3320346


This qualitative study analyzed the residential electricity prices in the competitive U.S. electric market from 1998 to 2007. This analysis revealed that electricity restructuring has not yet resulted in lower prices for the majority of residential consumers in areas open to competition. This study reviewed actual experiences of eight states in the deregulated and restructured electricity markets: Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia. The study began with a historical look at the deregulated and restructured electricity market from 1990 to 2007. The electricity market was deregulated to include retail competition and price caps. The results indicated that both had an effect on residential prices. This study used data from the Energy Information Administration and the 8 public utility commissions. Contrary to common expectations, residential electricity costs for consumers have increased rather than decreased.

AdviserFrank Decaro
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Energy
Publication Number3320346

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