The crux of the energy crisis stems from the disparity between wholesale prices
(which have skyrocketed where there has been deregulation) and retail rates
(which remain capped in many places). Here's a map showing four representative
wholesale markets and an explanation of how changes in each of those markets
affects consumers' bills.
In this video report, FRONTLINE talks to the owner of a laundromat in Berkeley,
Calif., whose rapidly increasing utility bills are threatening to put him
out of business.
The Department of Energy offers an interactive map detailing the status of
electric industry restructuring in each state.