The Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA) released poll data August 20, 2020 showing American voters overwhelmingly support consumer choice in electricity markets and oppose policies that saddle consumers with higher bills through bailouts for power plants.
Competitive power markets and competitive power suppliers are uniquely positioned to accomplish those goals.
Vast majorities of voters in this poll make clear their preference for affordable, reliable energy solutions that reduce power generation emissions using all available resources.
- 90% say it is important for the U.S. government to encourage reliable and affordable energy sources.
- 83% want Congress to focus on encouraging reliable and affordable electricity.
- 86% believe minimizing customer and taxpayer power generation costs is important.
- A majority (54%) support a policy that reduces emissions efficiently and at the lowest cost, even if it is not 100% renewable energy, over one that prioritizes building renewable energy at greater expense.
Voters strongly oppose bailouts for struggling power plants and other policies that would increase their monthly bills.
- 58% oppose policies that allow utilities to increase monthly bills to build renewable energy, while 65% oppose policies that increase utility bills or taxes to prop up struggling power plants.
- Just 7% believe taxpayers and consumers, rather than power companies, should bear the burden of funding new and existing power plants.
Voters want to encourage competition to reduce costs and emissions.
- 77% want Congress to encourage competition to secure affordable renewable resources at the least cost.
- 74% want Congress to encourage competition among energy providers to reduce emissions at the least cost.
- 67% agree competitive markets will help achieve least-cost emissions reductions.
See the full report here.