CO-OPCOMPETITION

Competition

Energy Supply Choice

Historically, utilities have had exclusive rights to serve an area in return for meeting an obligation to provide energy to all consumers in that service territory. They were responsible for building and operating generating stations or contracting with wholesale suppliers to provide enough power to meet the changing needs of their customers, constructing and maintaining transmission and distribution lines to deliver energy from the generating stations and installing and reading meters.

Most people recognized that a regulated utility monopoly could build and operate an electric power system more efficiently. If many electric companies had built their own competing power systems, services would have been unnecessarily duplicated. Our streets and highways, for example, would have become clogged with power lines built by different electric companies. Allowing regulated monopolies to serve the public also helped the United States build the world’s most advanced and reliable electric system. In part, this is because electric utility monopolies have been required by law to maintain the capability to provide power to all of their customers at any time at the flick of a switch.

All utility costs were included in the state-approved rate charged by the utility company. Customers received one bill for the entire package of services. However, changes are occurring in how electricity will be sold.

Since many other monopolies have been deregulated over the past decades, various parties felt it was time for change in the electricity business. Healthy competition among power suppliers may result in lower prices and new, innovative services for many businesses and residences. However, it is important that all competitors are competing on equal terms and that you, the customer, can make an “apples to apples” comparison of their offers.

Competition is designed to increase customer choices and create product and service innovations. Properly done, deregulation can be good for the consumer. However, if done improperly, it could lessen reliability, threaten the environment and harm our economy, while delivering few benefits to customers.


 

PUDDLE PAL: Since much of Virginia is seeing rainfall today, let’s feature Southside Electric Cooperative member Summer Edwards of Dewitt as our second SAY CHEESE SPOTLIGHT. This is a photo of Summer with her favorite li’l duck, Booger. “Summer is certainly a diva, but she loves the outdoors. She loves all animals, even spiders. She’s the kind of kid who catches the chickens at the zoo,” says her mother, Tammy Edwards. But Summer certainly has a soft spot for ducks. “Her and Booger do everything together, even play in puddles together!” 

Summer just recently celebrated her 7th birthday earlier this month. Happy Belated Birthday, Summer, from your friends at Cooperative Living magazine! Summer has two older brothers: Eric, 11, and Kyle, 9. Tammy has been submitting Say Cheese photos of her children for several years now. “Summer would be tickled to see a story about her on the Cooperative Living Facebook page,” Tammy says.

Well, we hope Summer (and her favorite duck) enjoy the puddles today!

PUDDLE PAL: Since much of Virginia is seeing rainfall today, let’s feature Southside Electric Cooperative member Summer Edwards of Dewitt as our second SAY CHEESE SPOTLIGHT. This is a photo of Summer with her favorite li’l duck, Booger. “Summer is certainly a diva, but she loves the outdoors. She loves all animals, even spiders. She’s the kind of kid who catches the chickens at the zoo,” says her mother, Tammy Edwards. But Summer certainly has a soft spot for ducks. “Her and Booger do everything together, even play in puddles together!”

Summer just recently celebrated her 7th birthday earlier this month. Happy Belated Birthday, Summer, from your friends at Cooperative Living magazine! Summer has two older brothers: Eric, 11, and Kyle, 9. Tammy has been submitting Say Cheese photos of her children for several years now. “Summer would be tickled to see a story about her on the Cooperative Living Facebook page,” Tammy says.

Well, we hope Summer (and her favorite duck) enjoy the puddles today!
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