Hidden Power: The Story Behind Your Electric Bill

For most of us, the monthly electric bill is a fact of life. Though its share of the household budget falls with consumption, electricity ranks with water, food and shelter as an essential expense. Meeting this demand in homes and businesses across Alabama requires production and distribution on an enormous scale. Because of the unusual relationship between a "captive" market and what is often a single producer, states regulate power companies differently from most other commercial operations.

This fact sheet by ACPP policy analyst Stephen Stetson examines regulation of Alabama's largest utility company, with a focus on transparency in the rate-setting process.

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