Adam D. Thierer is an adjunct scholar with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and is the Alex C. Walker fellow in economic policy at the Washington, D.C.-based Heritage Foundation. Thierer examines how unnecessary regulations hurt America’s international competitiveness, focusing on electricity deregulation, communications policy, antitrust law, public land policy, and environmental risk regulation.

Thierer has been an analyst at the Adam Smith Institute in London, England, where he worked on reform of the British legal system. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science and journalism from Indiana University, and received a master of arts degree in international business management from the University of Maryland.

By Adam D. Thierer

Consumers Should Be Wary of "Securitization"

Electricity deregulation lowers prices by offering consumers a choice of service providers. But Michigan's big monopoly utilities want you to pay them for the privilege of shopping around. … more

Consumers Should Be Wary of "Securitization"

A Free Market in Electricity: Will Michigan Get It Right?

With Michigan on the verge of embracing choice in the electricity market, one big question remains. Will competition be killed in its cradle, or will consumers realize the benefits of a free market? … more

Energizing Michigan's Electricity Market

Michigan is about to allow customer choice in the electric power market and, by doing so, end nearly a century of monopoly protection and guaranteed profits for electric utilities. How the state makes this free market transition will impact Michigan's competitiveness and cost of living. The report reviews key decisions before the legislature; analyzes the Public Service Commission proposals; shows the technical, environmental, and economic impact of deregulation; compares Michigan to other states; and recommends ten specific actions to ensure fair, timely, and comprehensive customer choice. The effects of so-called stranded cost payments to utilities are assessed in detail. A four-page glossary of technical terms is included. 33 pages. … more