The proposed authority would have the power of eminent domain over existing facilities and could force the construction of new power plants and transmission lines. The authority would also have the ability to tax private power plants.
The current restructured market places investment risks where risk belongs, in the private sector – not on taxpayers. Additionally, competitive electricity markets have improved power plant efficiency, and reduced prices. Controlling for the increased cost of natural resources, wholesale electricity prices dropped over 23% since deregulation.
The Pennsylvania Power Authority proposal would create a new taxpayer-funded bureaucracy to further increase regulation and ultimately electricity rates for all Pennsylvanian energy consumers. Other states experienced similar results.