Freeing the electricity market would benefit everyone, but it would require the Corporation Commission to relinquish its power over utility bills, and it is still unclear whether the state is willing to sacrifice. For now, it is allowing a smart grid real-time pricing test in Norman (which is costing OG&E customers about 40 cents a month), but the experiment is needlessly nuanced, which suggests that the commission is making its presence felt. After all, it's not that complicated. Everyone can read a price.
Yeatman is an energy policy analyst at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free-market think tank in Washington, D.C.