Editorial - Getting power by default
Pennsylvania is one of the first states in the nation to attempt to deregulate the sales of electricity, so consumers can choose their own power supplier. But what happens if you don't choose? Then your business will go a "default company" designated by the state, based on presentations made before the Public Utility Commission.
And before anybody decides that this is small potatoes we're talking about, consider this: The state estimates that 70 to 80 percent of all consumers will fail to choose when they first get the opportunity to do so, and that no more than half will ever make a choice!
Leaving aside for the moment the question of whether it makes sense to dismantle the existing system when half the users don't care - and maybe never will - the main problem the PUC faces is how to decide whether suppliers vying for default will keep their promises.