OKLAHOMA TO SWITCH OFF ELECTRICAL REGULATION

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma has become the latest state to have a deadline for a deregulated electrical industry.The state legislature here has approved a bill that would open up Oklahoma's electrical power industry to free-market competition by the year 2002, a move that could save supermarkets an estimated 20% to 30% on their utility costs.Oklahoma joins California, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Maine

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma has become the latest state to have a deadline for a deregulated electrical industry.

The state legislature here has approved a bill that would open up Oklahoma's electrical power industry to free-market competition by the year 2002, a move that could save supermarkets an estimated 20% to 30% on their utility costs.

Oklahoma joins California, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Maine and Rhode Island in having a deadline for deregulation.

Six states --

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