Electric deregulation commenced in 1998 making Massachusetts one of the first states in the country to allow competition. With the approval of electric deregulation, consumers now have the ability to choose from whom they wish to purchase their electric generation. Other states in New England and throughout the country have followed suit. Eventually all states will adopt a competitive marketplace for electricity.
Since being approved, electric deregulation has left many consumers with more questions than answers.
- How does it work
- What are the benefits
- Who are the suppliers
How It Works
Utilities will continue to operate and function as they have in the past. Your local electric utility will continue to maintain and operate all electric infrastructures. This will include poles, wires, transformers and substations. In the event of power outages or failures caused by storms and downed power lines, they will still respond as they have in the past. If you need new or upgraded service, your local utility will complete this work for you. The key change brought about by deregulation is that your electric utility no longer owns the power plants that generate your electricity. Therefore, you are able to choose someone other than the local utility to generate your power. This new company will generate the power and deliver it to the local utility that in turn will deliver your electricity to your facility.
Because the local electric utility no longer owns the power plants that generate your electricity, you are now able to realize the advantages of a competitive market. With no interruption in service or changes in equipment, Benny's Energy, a licensed Massachusetts electricity broker, is committed to providing customers with:
- Uninterrupted Electric Supply
- Competitive Pricing
- Bill Reconciliation
- Energy Efficiency Programs
- Individual Representation
- Budget Forecasting
There are several reputable corporations that have purchased former utility owned power plants and have built new power plants to fulfill the growing demand for electricity. With several major power generation suppliers to choose from, Benny's Energy will provide representation for you and your company to procure the most economical electricity supply. Let us show you how we can help you control your costs.
Q: What is electricity?
A: Electricity is the flow of electrical charge. It is a basic part of nature and one of our most widely used forms of energy. Everyday, we use electricity to do many jobs for us – from lighting and heating/cooling our homes, to powering our televisions and computers.
Q: Where does electricity come from?
A: Electricity is a secondary energy source which means that we get it from the conversion of other sources of energy, like coal, natural gas, oil, nuclear power and other natural sources, which are called primary sources. The energy sources we use to make electricity can be renewable (such as wind or solar) or non-renewable, but electricity itself is neither renewable nor non-renewable.
Q: What is the "grid"?
A: The "grid", or transmission system, is the interconnected group of power lines and associated equipment for moving electric energy at high voltage between points of supply and points at which it is delivered to other electric systems or transformed to a lower voltage for delivery to customers.
Q: How did the electric system evolve?
Source: U.S. Department of Energy
A: When the electric system began over 120 years ago (starting with Pearl Street Station in NYC in 1885), generating plants were isolated and served dedicated customers. Over the next 50 years, "utilities" began linking multiple generating plants into isolated systems. By the mid-1930's, it was clear that connections between systems could bring additional reliability. They provided access to back-up generation in times of equipment failure, unexpected demand, or routine maintenance, as well as improved economics through reserve sharing and access to diverse energy resources. By the mid-1960's, the electric system had been transformed from isolated generators to an interregional "grid".