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A recently released poll of Maryland voters shows 79% of Maryland consumers support energy choice.
Consumer complaints are a part of any industry. In Maryland, only 0.02% of electric and gas customers complained about their service. Energy choice means more options, more innovative products, and better service.
Eliminating electricity competition won’t help ‘regulate’ the market; it would hitch everyone to the same monopoly wagon. It would be a huge step in the wrong direction, at precisely the wrong time.
In a competitive market, the real customer—the one paying the energy bill—has the power to hire and fire a provider or choose from various products. This drives innovation and holds companies accountablefor their performance without passing the cost of failures onto consumers.
Armed with new polling data, some of the largest players in the retail energy supply market are prepared to fight the Augustine-Crosby legislation on the basic premise that it takes away consumer choice — and say that’s the very thing Marylanders want.
Competitive markets facilitate the implementation of demand response programs, incentivizing customers to adjust electricity usage during peak periods and alleviating strain on the grid. By fostering innovation, investment and efficient coordination, competitive electric markets play a crucial role in enhancing grid reliability and resilience.
We cannot afford to maintain out-of-date energy markets that stifle innovation and hold us back from achieving our climate goals. It’s time for states to open their energy markets, level the playing field between utilities and retail suppliers, and unleash the range of products that save customers money and lead to a better, cleaner future.
In essence, the clarion call emanating from the Gonzales poll leaves us with no choice but to champion consumer-focused policies that herald the virtues of competition in the energy market
Supplier Consolidated Billling enables a direct relationship between consumer and supplier – through something as simple as a bill. This critical consumer protection will invite innovation, enhance service, and empower customers.
Local wind and solar projects can deliver affordable electricity and generate revenue. Renewable energy options help consumers reduce their carbon footprint and the state meet its ambitious energy goals.
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States with retail energy choice can easily transition to clean energy and help reduce carbon emissions without relying on taxpayer dollars. Energy choice is good for the environment and the economy.
Recent poll numbers show four of five energy consumers in Maryland favor true retain competition, freedom to invest in green energy sources.