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Atlantic City Electric residential customers paying default rates for their power supply service experienced a rate reduction of 5.7% in June. The Atlantic City Electric price to compare, the price consumers pay for electricity generation service who have not shopped for competitive rates, had been at $0.1224 since February of 2012. On June 1, that rate dropped to $0.1154.

While the rate reduction gives a slight relief to price to compare paying customers, competitive energy suppliers were quick to point out that these customers can save even more by shopping for competitive electric rates with current savings as high as 18% off of the ACE price to compare rate. Through New Jersey energy choice laws consumers have the ability to choose who supplies their home with electricity.

The energy choice laws maintain Atlantic City Electric as a regulated utility for southern New Jersey, responsible for delivering power to homes and businesses within the region. However the generation supply, the cost to produce the electricity at retail prices, is open for consumers to shop for the best prices. Those consumers who do not participate in New Jersey electricity choice automatically pay the price to compare rates offered by their local utility company. Competitive electricity prices provide an easy way for customers to significantly lower their Atlantic City Electric bill. Even after choosing a competitive supplier, Atlantic City Electric continues to deliver the monthly electric bill to their customers. The competitive electric rate simply takes the place of the price to compare supply charge.

Here are some of the lowest current competitive electricity rates in the Atlantic City Electric service territory.


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Atlantic City Electric customers are finding that they can lower their electric bill by shopping for competitive priced power. The southern New Jersey utility serves over 480,000 residential customers. However with the passage of the New Jersey Energy Competition and Choice Act, the role of Atlantic City Electric has changed.

Prior to New Jersey energy choice Atlantic City Electric was responsible for all phases of power consumption for almost all citizens living in the bottom half of the garden state. This included the purchasing of electricity generation for their customers, and then the delivery of the power to businesses and homes. Atlantic City Electric was also of course responsible for responding to power failures and emergencies, as well as reading the meter and billing.

Now that energy choice is in full effect, Atlantic City Electric still maintains the majority of the roles they had before. They are still responsible for power delivery, responding to emergencies, meter reading, and billing. The aspect that has changed is that they are no longer responsible for buying the electricity generation supply for their customers. Energy choice allows customers to purchase their own generation supply, meaning that they can shop for the lowest electric rate or choose to buy power that comes from a specific generation type, such as wind power.

Customers who do not shop for low electric rates pay a default rate for their electricity supply through Atlantic City Electric. This default rate is determined by auctions held by Atlantic City Electric for competitive energy companies. ACE does not profit from the default rate and instead passes on the revenues to the competitive energy companies who have won the previously held auctions to serve default paying customers. This is why ACE does not care if their customers switch electric suppliers. ACE does not care if their customers pay less for electricity supply because their revenues and profits are derived from the regulated electricity delivery charges.

For customers looking to lower their Atlantic City Electric bill, they can compare electric rates below to find low offers:


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Default supply electric rates increased on October 1, 2011 by 18% for residential customers of Atlantic City Electric. The price increase has spurred an increase in electric switch activity in the southern part of New Jersey where Atlantic City Electric is the regulated utility company. While they remain the regulated monopoly for electricity delivery, customers do have a choice of who they buy their power supply from, and currently competitive rates are far lower than the ACE default rates.

The default rate includes all aspects of the electricity generation supply on the electric bill. Switching electric suppliers results in the selected rate replacing the default rate on the bill which is called the basic generation service (BGS) charges.

Atlantic City Electric customers still paying default service with the utility can control the increase by shopping for competitive electricity rates. The New Jersey Electricity Competition and Choice Act gives Atlantic City Electric customers the option to switch electric supply companies. We recommend choosing a fixed electric rate so that you do not have to worry about your rate increasing dramatically, which often occurs with variable rate options.


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New Jersey power consumers are finding savings through the state’s electricity choice program.  Electric choice in New Jersey has brought in more than a dozen electric suppliers offering electricity rates to commercial and industrial customers over the last several years.  Now electricity suppliers are starting to offer residential rates in New Jersey.

NJ power shoppers who take the time to compare electricity offers are finding the best deals.  In addition to low electric rates that offer significant savings versus utility default rates, some electric suppliers are offering incentives and promotions to entice customers to switch.  Despite electric bill savings of over 20% in some cases, less than 8% of New Jersey residential electric customers have switched suppliers.

Those who have not switched continue to pay a high default rate with their local electric utility company – PSEG, JCPL, ACE, Rockland.  PSEG and JCPL have been pushing power shopping and choice to their customers to help spread the word.  Though New Jerseyans now have a choice of who supplies their electricity, the power continues to be delivered by the local utility companies.  PSEG, JCPL, Atlantic City Electric, and Rockland Electric do not lose the customer when they switch electric suppliers.  Instead, the utility company continues to bill the customer and charge regulated rates for power delivery.  The only thing that changes is that instead of paying the high default supply rate, the customer pays a competitive supply rate.  If that competitive rate is lower than the default rate, than the customer saves money on their electric bill.

Here are some current low power rates in New Jersey:
PSEG Rates



JCPL Rates



Atlantic City Electric Rates


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Atlantic City Electric

February 6, 2011

The Atlantic City Electric company, the electricity utility company serving the majority of southern New Jersey, has the highest electric default rates in the country among utilities serving electricity deregulated markets.  Current residents serviced by Atlantic City Electric who have not chosen a competitive electric supplier for the supply portion of their energy usage, are […]

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Atlantic City Electricity Savings

December 24, 2010

Residential customers who are serviced by Atlantic City Electric can currently save up to 22.5% on their electric bills. This is a result of the New Jersey Electricity Choice and Competition Act that went into effect in 2003. Savings above 10% are available for the first time for Atlantic City Electric customers because retail electric […]

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NJ Electricity Prices and Savings

December 19, 2010

Seven years after New Jersey officially deregulated their electricity market, residences of the state are finally seeing competitive electric rates that can save them real dollars off of their monthly electric bill. If you are a customer of PSE&G, JCP&L, Rockland Electric, or Atlantic City Electric, savings can be found by shopping the competitive electricity […]

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NJ Electric Prices

November 23, 2010

New Jersey electric customers have more rate options than ever before.  The four local utilities – PSE&G, JCP&L, Atlantic City Electric, Rockland Electric – all have default electric rates that are higher than competitive market rates for power. Despite this opportunity for savings, only 3.3% (as of September 2010) of all New Jersey customers have […]

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Atlantic City Electric Lower Rates

June 15, 2010

Lower electric rates are available for Atlantic City Electric (ACE) customers who are on the utility’s default price to compare rate.  Commercial and industrial electric customers can save a modest 10-15% off their current rates by signing a fixed contract rate with a competitive alternative electric provider. Depending on the rate class and usage patterns, […]

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Savings for Atlantic City Electric Customers

April 27, 2010

Southern New Jersey commercial and industrial customers can now see significant savings on their electric bills if they choose to shop the competitive market for an alternative supplier.  Savings as much as 22% off of the basic generation service default rates have been achieved for many businesses. Many customers on the MGS and AGS rate […]

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