A panel debates whether liberalized electricity markets work for people

Do electricity and a free market mix?

Legislators and policy analysts across the world are weighing in on that question. More than a dozen U.S. states have tried some form of deregulation and the concept has an even longer history in Europe. At the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Conference in New York City, two teams squared off in an Oxford-style debate about the premise that “This house believes that a fully liberalized power market is a bad deal for consumers.”