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Byline: David Robinson
Dec. 23--Dick Nolte was all set to pick a new electricity supplier, leaving New York State Electric & Gas Corp. to venture into the brave new world of energy deregulation.
Nolte had done everything a good consumer is supposed to do. He did his homework about the four energy marketers that were offering to sell electricity to NYSEG's customers and weighed their offers to figure out which one was best for him.
There was just one problem: By the time Nolte settled on an offer from Econnergy Energy Co., it already had signed up its fill of new customers and had stopped taking on any new residential consumers in NYSEG's territory. …