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.


 

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Melted candy is the magic for sugar cookies with colored windows! Check out this reader-submitted holiday cookie recipe! And, for more recipes, check out www.co-opliving.com/food/recipes.

MAGIC WINDOW COOKIES
Kathy Fleming of Winchester

INGREDIENTS:
¾ cup butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 ¼ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 bags hard candy in different colors

DIRECTIONS: Mix first seven ingredients to form a stiff dough; wrap and chill for at least one hour. Separate candy by color and crush each color separately, using a mallet or food processor. Roll out chilled dough ¼” thick on floured surface, using cookie cutters that have a circle or other cut-out in the middle. Place cut out dough shapes on a cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper and lightly greased. Fill cut-out areas with candy until they are filled and level with dough. Bake at 350 for 7-9 minutes, or until cookies are barely golden. Cool so that candy is firm before removing from cookie sheet.
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