Companies selling electricity supply directly to homeowners face a widely varying set of rules in each state.

But none have shown quite the appetite for restrictive new rules as New York, where the governor is trying to outlaw them, and Connecticut, which has nearly re-regulated them.

And what’s going on in each may hold lessons for Maine, where a Bangor Daily News investigation found customers would have saved about $20 million if they had stuck with the standard offer in 2013 and 2014.

Behind heated debates in New York and Connecticut lies the big question: Is consumer choice in electricity supply good for the average homeowner?

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Darren Fishell

Darren is a Portland-based reporter for the Bangor Daily News writing about the Maine economy and business. He's interested in putting economic data in context and finding the stories behind the numbers.