Tag: electricity

Analysis: No easy campaign slogans on electricity

The repercussions of the 2006 campaign’s heavy focus on electricity policy are still being felt as Maryland begins the long march toward November’s elections.

While energy was one of the defining issues of the gloves-off battle between Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley and then-Gov. Bob Ehrlich, it remains to be seen if it will become a big talking point this year. But the debate over how best to hold down residential energy costs in Maryland has raged in Annapolis from gate to gate.

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Re-regulation unlikely without shift by House committee

Though there’s still support for electric re-regulation among Maryland lawmakers and in Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration, it appears unlikely that any new proposal can move forward next year unless a key House committee changes its leanings on the issue.

O’Malley and some members of the Senate said Wednesday that they continue to support a more heavily-regulated market, in which the Public Service Commission would have additional control over the development and sale of electric supply in Maryland, but O’Malley conceded the legislature is likely not ready to pass such a change.

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House committee seeks to boost electricity competition

The House Economic Matters Committee is moving toward legislation intended to boost electricity market competition, rather than pursuing the O’Malley administration’s plan to re-regulate the state’s electric supply industry, a proposal the committee stymied earlier this year.

The committee met Tuesday with representatives of the state’s electric supply industry. The alternative suppliers are offering lower power rates to lure customers away from the utilities that have traditionally sold them power, but say they could use help from the state.

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