Rethinking US liberalisation

Citing rising electricity prices, critics of liberalisation have recently managed to convince lawmakers in several US states to rethink policies that ban utilities from owning power plants. Elisa Wood investigates the current state of play

"Our state must regain power over its power," says Richard Blumenthal, attorney general for the state of Connecticut, and a leader in the movement to return to more regulatory control over power portfolios. "Consumers must demand immediate legislative action to avoid pouring investment money into power company pockets through lucrative private contracts to build new plants with no assurances of fair rates."

Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island are among

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