FTC Staff Comment Before The Arizona Corporation Commission Concerning Retail Electric Competition, Docket No. E00000W-13-0135


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FTC staff submitted a comment in response to a request from the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) for comments on retail electric competition in Arizona. The comment agrees with the ACC that it is timely for Arizona to consider retail competition that would enable consumers to select from specialized power suppliers using metering innovations now widely available in the state. Retail choice can help consumers match their preferences for bill savings, increased reliability, renewable power, and energy management services. For example, consumers can lower their bills by shifting power use away from periods when the power system depends on more costly generation resources or faces challenges to its reliability, and they can choose how much power to consume from renewable generation sources.