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Supply Side Energy

National Meter Industries can facilitate as a Broker, Supply Side Energy, to all Deregulated States in the US.

Before the late 1980’s both the natural gas and electric service provided by utilities was deemed vital to the general public, and was classified as a "public good". These utilities were granted certain monopoly rights and the ability to set prices - making them the sole providers of utility service for their respective service territories. Because of their monopoly status, utilities were regulated at both the state and federal levels.

Competition drives prices down energy companies and legislators reshaped these markets to include competitive measures. In addition to changing legislation, utilities were also encouraged to sell off their generating plants to private companies. These divestitures created more energy suppliers and consequently more competition. Legislation was passed on a state-by-state basis to restructure specific natural gas and electric markets citing that increased competition would eliminate market inefficiencies of regulated monopolies, create more choices at the retail market, and ultimately lower prices for consumers.

Since that time, half of the states in the U.S. have passed legislation to restructure either natural gas or electricity markets, allowing for retail competition in the energy industry. Each state is responsible for crafting its own legislation. Therefore, deregulation of energy does not mean the same thing in every state. Each market restructure proposal has a unique perspective, and consequently, many nuances exist in competitive markets across the country.

Many consumers have benefited from energy market restructuring and have saved millions of dollars by exercising their options to switch to competitive energy suppliers. As in many competitive markets, the opportunities to be realized are tempered by the need to understand the risks which were at one time borne by utilities, but now have been shifted to consumers.

There are three central components to natural gas and electricity service in a competitive environment:

Generation or Supply: the generation of the actual natural gas and electricity has been separated from the service of delivery. This means that consumers have a choice of which company to buy energy supply services from. Consumers have more product choices, more terms, and can select a supplier who offers the best combination of products and services.

Transmission: this is the transportation of large supplies of natural gas and electricity from producing fields and power plants, respectively, to the receiving stations of the local utilities. This is monitored by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, who regulates the interstate transmission of electricity and natural gas ensuring its safe and reliable delivery.

Delivery or Distribution: this portion of the invoice is still regulated and the delivery of consumers' natural gas and electricity is still distributed through the same pipelines and wires right down to a facility’s utility meter.

For further information please call 800.325.6674 or email: energy@national-meter.com.