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Connecticut's history of energy deregulation began in the late 1990s, following the passage of the federal Energy Policy Act of 1992, which encouraged states to open up their energy markets to competition. The state passed its own energy deregulation law in 1998, called the Electric Utility Restructuring Act, which allowed for the deregulation of the electricity market.
This law required the state's two major electric utilities, Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) and United Illuminating (UI), to sell off their power plants and transition to a fully regulated transmission and distribution system. This allowed for the creation of a competitive market for electricity generation and supply.
In the years since deregulation, Connecticut has seen increased competition in its electricity market, with new providers entering the market and offering customers more choices in terms of pricing and services. Customers are also able to choose their electricity supplier, which can include renewable energy options.
In terms of natural gas deregulation, Connecticut's market has been deregulated since 1996. The state has allowed for the creation of a competitive market for natural gas supply, which has led to increased competition and lower prices for consumers. The state also regulates safety and reliability standards to ensure that natural gas providers meet certain standards.
Connecticut's approach to energy deregulation has been relatively successful, with increased competition leading to lower prices and more choices for consumers. However, the state still regulates aspects of the energy market to ensure that providers meet safety and reliability standards and that customers have access to affordable and reliable energy services.
In recent years, Connecticut has also implemented policies to promote renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The state has set a goal to have 40% of its energy come from renewable sources by 2030 and has implemented policies to encourage the development of solar and wind energy.
In conclusion, Connecticut's approach to energy deregulation has been relatively successful, with increased competition leading to lower prices and more choices for consumers. The state has also implemented policies to promote renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, demonstrating a commitment to a more sustainable energy future.
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