California’s decision to deregulate the energy industry plunged the state into a near crisis situation, with blackouts becoming alarmingly common. Now, with Virginia poised to follow California’s lead and loosen its control over power providers in January, can anything be done to ensure the inexpensive, abundant power that we’ve come to expect? Technology historian Richard Hirsh (VT) and Irene Leech (VT), President of the Virginia Citizens Consumer Council, offer their predictions.

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