Arizona Electric Retail Competition Heats Up

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Things in Arizona continue to heat up regarding opening the state’s electric markets to competitive suppliers.

In fact, on August 16, the Arizonans for Electric Choice & Competition (AECC) members and joint competition advocates Direct Energy, Noble Americas Energy Solutions and Constellation–Exelon filed joint reply comments with the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) urging the commission to move forward with opening Arizona’s electricity markets to allow customers the benefits of competition.

At the same time, AECC - which represents a range of electricity users who support competition - is seeing its membership grow as consumers across the state recognize the clear benefits that competition would bring in the form of competitive pricing, better service, innovation, job growth and greater use of renewable resources. Community and business leaders across the state are coming together as they seek the right to choose their electricity provider.

Currently, the ACC continues to deliberate the re–opening of competitive electricity markets in the state. In competitive markets, power suppliers compete against each other to provide the best possible service at the lowest possible cost. As a result, customers, both residential and commercial, are afforded the opportunity to shop for the best electricity price.

A recent J.D. Power and Associates survey polled electricity customers in Texas, a state where many consumers are free to choose their energy company. The survey found that customer satisfaction in the competitive Texas electricity market is at an all-time high. In addition, customers who participate in the competitive Texas market are more satisfied with their electricity prices than customers in regulated utilities operated by cities or co-ops.

AECC is a diverse group of Arizona opinion leaders serving as a voice for consumers and businesses in favor of opening the state’s electricity markets to competition. The coalition encourages individuals, organizations and businesses as members, and all Arizonans to join their fellow citizens in lending their voices to support electric competition and consumer choice. Supporters can visit www.azelectricity.com/take-action to join. There is no fee associated with joining the coalition.

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