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Since late March, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has called for the closure of the competitive electric supply industry, saying ratepayers who make the switch end up paying more money and businesses unfairly target minorities and low-income ratepayers. The state Legislature is now planning oversight hearings to investigate companies cited by Healey.
Should the competitive electricity supply industry be shut down in Massachusetts?
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04/11/18 AT 04:35 PM
Eliminate residential. Keep commercial.

04/10/18 AT 04:15 PM
It's a real hassle to get people soliciting for the different companies all the time. Very bothersome, sometimes as many as 2 per week.

04/10/18 AT 04:15 PM
I'm more concerned about National Grid. If I can contract for a rate less than their baseline rate, why aren't they sharpening their pencils and negotiating the lowest rate available, especially given their volume purchasing power? As usual, something smells in MA and it's not competitive supply sources.

04/10/18 AT 04:15 PM
This is a symptom of a few bad apples, and consumers not paying attention to the market. Consumers should "shop."

04/10/18 AT 12:03 PM
The average consumer needs more information between the supplier and the delivery charge. Some companies appear to be offering a discount, but it's a smoke screen.

04/10/18 AT 12:03 PM
There are many excellent suppliers that have a lower cost than National Grid or Eversource!!!! Attny General Healey's heart is in the right place but her facts are wrong. Yes, there are many shady suppliers that fool customers and charge them more. But it's buyer beware! Shut down the shady ones -- not the good ones. If you make all MA electric customers use National Grid or Eversource for their supply costs too, then they will pay much more!! You can't shut down a program because people are not smart about their own choices. What ever happened to personal responsibility???

04/10/18 AT 12:02 PM
Competition improves quality and drives down prices. It would be a mistake to discourage competition. Rather, it needs to be managed and have some oversight.

04/10/18 AT 12:02 PM
Competition benefits consumers and small businesses.
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