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Future of Utilities - Utilities of the Future by Fereidoon P. Sioshansi

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Chapter 9

Rehabilitating Retail Electricity Markets: Pitfalls and Opportunities

Ralph Cavanagh*
Amanda Levin*    NRDC, San Francisco, CA, United States of America    NRDC Washington, DC, United States of America

Abstract

Some contend that technological advances are changing the needs and behaviors of many energy consumers, altering their relationship to grids and utilities fundamentally. Given the changing landscape, some suggest expanding retail choice, arguing that the utility monopoly model is stifling progress and innovation, and slowing the transition to a cleaner energy future. This chapter considers the extent to which retail competition can obstruct or unleash clean technologies, based on more than two decades of experience with retail ...

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