20 Years of Electricity Restructuring in Pennsylvania

20 Years of Electricity Restructuring in Pennsylvania

January 5, 2017

It has been 20 years since Pennsylvania’s electricity markets opened to competition. Benefits have been many, but pitfalls remain. Authors of a new study on electricity markets in Pennsylvania discuss their findings.

Twenty years ago Pennsylvania opened its electricity sector to competition and the promise of cheaper and more reliable service.  Two decades later, competitive markets have mostly delivered, but with notable caveats.  Former Pennsylvania Secretary of Policy and Planning and DEP Head John Hanger, and the Kleinman Center Policy Director Christina Simeone examine the benefits and shortcomings of two decades of wholesale and retail electric competition.  Their findings appear in their recently published report, “A Case Study of Electricity Competition Results in Pennsylvania”.

Guest John Hanger has held four public offices and was a Democratic candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania. He works in the private sector as a legal services attorney and is the founder of an environmental non-profit organization. 

Christina Simeone is the director of policy and external affairs at the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania.

Get more insights into electricity sector policy from the Kleinman Center: Rate Decoupling and Economic and Design Considerations.