September 22, 2023 — Issue Brief

This opinion piece, published in Utility Dive, explains how competitive energy supply (or retail choice) harms consumers. Data from Massachusetts and several other states confirm that families pay far too much when they sign up for alternative electric supply instead of sticking with their utility companies. Reports of deceptive marketing practices, targeting of older adults and families with limited English proficiency, and over-promising of environmental benefits are pervasive in this market.