Wallace Roberts writes from Vermont about utility issues. This article was written with the assistance of a grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism.
The deregulation of the electric utility industry has been billed as a boon for consumers, because competition is supposed to lower prices. But utility companies are using the opportunity to pass the cost of abandoned nuclear reactors to customers. Big business may save, but consumers will pay more and the environment may suffer.Wallace RobertsJanuary-February 1999