EPSA member companies are competitive power suppliers that own and operate more than 150,000 MW of power generation capacity across the United States and in parts of Canada—that’s enough to power more than 112 million homes. Our members develop, own, and invest in all resources and technologies including natural gas, coal, wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal, […]Read More
What are competitive power suppliers?
Competitive power suppliers are an essential part of our energy grid, providing low-cost and reliable electricity. They own, operate, and invest in power generation of all kinds (including natural gas, coal, nuclear, renewables, and storage), technologies, and facilities of all kinds. Unlike utilities, competitive power suppliers invest in, build, and maintain projects at their own […]Read More
What is a competitive wholesale electricity market?
Organized wholesale electricity markets were created to address ever-increasing electricity prices and to encourage innovation through free-enterprise competition. In economic terms, electricity is a commodity that can be bought, sold, and traded. An electricity market is a system enabling purchases, through bids to buy; sales, through offers to sell; and short-term trading. A wholesale electricity […]Read More
What are Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) and Independent System Operators (ISOs)?
In the United States, wholesale electricity markets are run by 7 grid operators known as Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) and Independent System Operators (ISOs). RTOs and ISOs are sometimes compared to air traffic controllers—they coordinate, control, and monitor the electric grid across many states (such as PJM Interconnection and ISO-New England) or in just one […]Read More
Why is competitive power generation good for customers compared to a traditional monopoly utility model?
Customers win when companies compete. It just makes sense – if there is only one business in town, that business has no incentive to respond to customer demand, keep prices low, or improve service. The same is true for cars, cell phone service or grocery stores. At one time, the electricity that powers our homes, […]Read More
How does competition among power generators help the environment?
Competitive power markets are a path to accelerate clean energy growth while maintaining a strong economy and keeping energy prices low. Clean energy has become increasingly cost competitive, with natural gas and renewable resources among the cheapest fuels on the market today. Power generators have followed price signals to retire thousands of megawatts of coal […]Read More