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Alliance for Retail Choice "Greens-up" Annual NARUC Convention - November 09, 2007
The Alliance for Retail Choice (ARC) announced today that it will “green up” 100 percent of the electricity use at the National Regulatory Utilities Commission (NARUC) convention being held at the Anaheim Marriot hotel from November 11-13. ARC will donate Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from wind generation to match the hotel’s electricity use during the four-day convention. This purchase will result in a reduction of more than 1.8 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, the leading greenhouse gas.   read more...
Retail Gas Marketers Deliver Lower Prices to Consumers - Thursday, July 12, 2007
According to a survey recently released by The Energy Information Administration, customers buying their natural gas from competitive retail gas marketers have paid less for their gas than customers buying from local distribution companies.   read more...
The Dawn of Electricity Competition: Efficient Prices and Efficient Choices - Wednesday, June 06, 20
Nat Treadway, Managing Partner of Distributed Energy Financial Group, LLC, has written a short, thoughtful column about the importance of well-designed electricity markets to promote both energy efficiency and economic efficiency. Mr. Treadway’s article begins:
“At first glance it seems contradictory that an issue that discouraged energy efficiency programs in the 1980’s would still be an issue that discourages economic efficiency. After all, energy efficiency programs were labeled “social engineering” by some; in contrast today’s retail electricity choice is all about the “free market.” How could these two activities be more different and yet affected by a similar problem?"   read more...

Open Letter from Former Chairs and Commissioners - May 31, 2007
"The undersigned former Chairs and Commissioners of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) express our support for continuing federal policies to promote open and competitive markets for electric power. This is a matter of our nation’s security and economic welfare..."   read more...
NEW Study Release: Competitive Electricity Markets Continue to Develop - Tuesday, May 29, 2007
ARC’s Baseline Assessment of Choice in the US (ABACUS) is a May 2007 study showing that many states continue to make progress in adopting competitive retail electricity markets. New York and Texas were the clear leaders among states that have given customers the ability to choose their electricity supplier. Ten other states, including Massachusetts, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, have been classified as achieving “medium progress.”   read more...
Major Illinois Electricity Customers Urge Continuation of Competitive Electricity Markets - Friday, April 13, 2007
Citing the tangible benefits of competition, 29 businesses in Illinois have sent a letter to Governor Rod Blagojevich expressing their strong support for competitive electricity markets. The businesses include   read more...
The ARC Praises Task Force Final Report on Competitive Electricity Markets - Wednesday, April 11, 2007
The Alliance for Retail Choice today praised the findings of the Electric Energy Market Competition Task Force final report on competition in United States electricity markets. Thomas Rawls, director of the Alliance, said “The Task Force Report clearly underscores the need to use the discipline of markets to give customers more competitive pricing, provide them with meaningful choices, and help manage demand and use resources more efficiently.”   read more...
Survey Shows Virginians Support Energy Competition - Thursday, March 15, 2007
A coalition of retail energy providers has released the results of a statewide survey demonstrating overwhelming support for
  • 85% percent of Virginians want to be able to choose an electric supplier;
  • 66% of Virginians favor competition among electricity providers to keep rates low; only 18% believe residents should rely on government regulation;
  • Nearly 67% believe the cost of building power plants should be borne by the utility and oppose plans to have those costs covered by ratepayers.
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Broad Coalition Asks that Choice be Restored in California - Friday, December 22, 2006
In early December, electric suppliers, schools, universities, retailers, restaurants and manufacturers from across the state jointly filed a petition asking the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to consider restoring consumer choice of electricity suppliers in the state.   read more...
Residential Customers Express Support for Electricity Choice - Thursday, November 30, 2006
Recent polls show that a substantial majority of residential electricity customers want the innovation and opportunities provided by competitive electricity suppliers. In addition, the polls show that customers understand the value of competition in bringing cost discipline to electricity markets.   read more...
A Review of Electricity Industry Restructuring in New England - Tuesday, November 07, 2006
A white paper released by the New England Energy Alliance (NEEA) finds that electricity industry restructuring has saved the region’s consumers billions of dollars compared to pre-restructuring trends and is better protecting the environment.   read more...
Texas Public Utilities Commission Issues News Release, October 24, 2006
Retail electric providers are offering discounts of more than 25 percent below the price of traditional providers   read more...

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The Alliance for Retail Choice advocates for continued development of retail energy markets that provide customers the opportunity to choose the products and services most consistent with their needs. The Alliance provides a focused voice for competitive energy retailers and their customers in selected public policy forums on the federal and state level.

The Alliance brings together many of the nation's leading retail energy suppliers, including Constellation NewEnergy, Direct Energy, Green Mountain Energy Company, Strategic Energy, and Reliant Energy. Collectively serving more than 38,000 MW of customer load, Alliance members offer competitive power supply, renewable energy, demand response products and energy management technologies.

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