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Electricity deregulation is a policy that has been implemented in halting steps around the globe as more and more regions deal with the high electricity rates associated with utility company monopolies.
But the Calgary Herald reports that efforts to end the policy could prove to be a major issue in upcoming elections in Alberta. Most of Canada still relies on regulated markets and some residents have been frustrated to see their electricity bills continue to climb even with the introduction of competition among electricity providers.
StateImpact Texas notes that similar complaints have been levied there as the state celebrates the 10th anniversary of electricity deregulation.
However, proponents of the policy noted in Texas that the policy has performed steadily better over time as more customers have come to understand their options and electricity providers have developed the necessary expertise. Meanwhile, average electricity rates in the U.S. continue to climb steadily, just as they were likely to rise in Texas.
The argument is largely similar in Alberta, where the view from the ground is often less clear than people imagine.
"The government will not be going back to a fully regulated market like before. We believe the current system is working and working well," Alberta Energy spokesman Bart Johnson told the Herald.