I'm sure by now, you've read Paul Adam's very interesting story today in which the Public Service Commission predicts that there will be electricity shortages and rising prices in the future.

The PSC said, "In our view, it is not in the public interest to continue to rely exclusively on market forces to address Maryland's reliability concerns and the high wholesale electricity prices Marylanders pay."

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In the story, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller says, "Over a decade ago, a number of states moved to see if competition would bring prices down. What started out as a noble cause - not fueled by lobbyists or special interests, but a desire to bring down rates - really didn't result in the same."

Funny. I got a real sense of deja vu all over again when I read this story since then-People's Counsel Michael J. Travieso said pretty much the same thing in a report his office issued in 2002 warning state legislators of the problems residential electricity customers would face. Read that story in the jump.

And I won't say anything about Miller's comments, except to point you to a story my colleagues, Thomas W. Waldron and Michael Dresser, wrote for the June 2, 1999, paper. That story on lobbyists and how much they spent on deregulation follows the first story after the jump.

Read both and decide for yourself who is to blame.

Here's what Mike predicted in a Jan. 17, 2002, story I wrote:

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