Some of Edison's (EIX ) biggest lobbying victories have come back to haunt the company and its customers

1989-1994

Edison gets regulators to oppose new independent power plants. The result: power shortages and rolling blackouts.

1994-1998

Edison helps craft California's deregulation law. That ill-designed plan may well bankrupt the company.

1999-2000

Edison aggressively lobbies for in-state price caps. Those low prices encourage suppliers to sell their power out-of-state.

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