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Alexandrea, the deeper you delve into the mechanics and history of utility regulation, you will increasingly find that competition in electricity does not exist. It's an illusion generated by utility holding companies of vast scope and reach, to better exploit ratepayers by charging them for products they don't need. Though occasionally I'm accused of indulging in conspiracy theories...
While retail suppliers have varied in corporate structure and size, few, if any, have the institutional political capital or deep pockets to fund the efforts necessary to provide an even playing field with the incumbent utilities.