When the government deregulated the electricity market they created monopolies. This is the same old story, Government tries to “fix” something and creates another problem, sometimes the solution is worse than the original problem. We Americans deserve free market utilities ,we should have choices. Most places don’t let us choose who we purchase electricity from. Only a few companies actually produce power, the others buy surplus power from those producers and sell it back to the end users with a markup. So the question is, why can’t we buy directly from the producer and cut out the middle man? That answer is..because the government says so. This is a prime example of government control over the free market. We need to push legislators for electric energy choice and open access power and then we can have some choices.