LOSING ENERGY

SAN DIEGO -- As the Food Marketing Institute convenes its annual Energy and Technical Services Conference here this week, it is gathering at ground zero of perhaps the nation's biggest energy battlefield, where supermarkets are on the front lines.In several states, supermarket operators are enjoying the deregulation of utilities, a move that in some cases has increased competition and lowered expenses.

SAN DIEGO -- As the Food Marketing Institute convenes its annual Energy and Technical Services Conference here this week, it is gathering at ground zero of perhaps the nation's biggest energy battlefield, where supermarkets are on the front lines.

In several states, supermarket operators are enjoying the deregulation of utilities, a move that in some cases has increased competition and lowered expenses. For example, Giant Eagle, Pittsburgh, saw an 8% savings in the first year of dereg

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