According to a study funded by AGL Resources:
“People attribute price increases to deregulation, but that’s not what caused it,” said Bryan Batson, senior vice president for AGL Resources, the company that funded the study.
AGL Resources is the parent of the state’s largest gas marketer, Georgia Natural Gas, and of Atlanta Gas Light, the company that owns the network of pipes distributing the fuel.
Prices weren’t routinely higher when compared to those available to residents of Georgia cities that sell their own gas separate from the commercial marketers doing business in the rest of the state.
Georgia’s deregulated market also offered choices that were higher than the neighboring regulated markets.
“The best we could say is they were not any worse off in Georgia” as a result of deregulation, said Robert Lann, author of the study and a member of the Community Policy and Research Services division of Georgia Tech’s Office of Economic Development and Technology Ventures.
However, Lann speculated that most consumers didn’t get the full benefit of deregulation by switching marketers frequently to whichever offered the lowest price at any moment.
“They’re not really taking advantage of the choices they have in this system,” he said.
Another issue for Georgia’s Democrats goes down the drain. However, we need further deregulation of the natural gas market rather than the partial deregulation we now have.