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The Western Mass Electric company recent price hike has sent many customers searching for a new electricity supplier in order to save money on their electricity bills. The utility company, which is often abbreviated as WMECO, is the third larges utility in the state of Massachusetts and provides power to about 210,000 residential customers. On January 1, 2015 WMECO customers who were on the default generation rate structure saw a substantial rate increase of 29 percent. This increase can be lowered for those consumers who shop for and find a competitive rate being offered by a Western Mass Electric supplier.

Massachusetts electricity choice is a new concept for many of these consumers causing a wave of confusion and questions to be answered. Electricity choice in Massachusetts allows customers to shop for a competitive generation electric rate that will replace their local utility default rate for generation supply. However, the local utility company will continue to deliver power to their customers at distribution rates that are regulated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities.

Even after a customer switches to a competitive supplier, Western Mass Electric will continue to send the customer their monthly electric bill and respond to power outages and emergencies. The only difference will be the rate for generation charges on the monthly electric bill. In response to the recent default price hike by WMECO, many competitive electricity suppliers are offering lower electricity rates to customers in order to attract new customers. To find a competitive WMECO supplier look at current rates being offered below. All companies offering electricity rates to WMECO customers are licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities.


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Plano is one of the most affluent cities in America. Located just outside of Dallas, everything Dallas has to offer is very accessible to Plano residences. Plano’s schools rank among the highest in scores in the country. With all the preserves and parks scattered throughout the city, Plano provides a great environment for people who enjoy the outdoors. However the climate can be quite unpleasant in the summer as temperatures often reach above 100 degrees. The hot summer months can make electric bills for Plano residences very high if they have not taken the time to find an electricity provider with a low fixed rate.

Plano grew substantially when huge manufacturers came in and set up their home bases. Familar companies like Frito Lay, Dr. Pepper, Snapple, Cinemark, and Dell Services are all based out of the city. Plano is home to 272,000 residents, making it the 9th largest city in Texas. The climate is what you would expect from a Texas city, it can fare humid and very hot in those intense summer months. The winters can be cold but generally mild in reference to snow and inclement weather.

Finding a Plano electricity provider to service your home is now easier than ever with energy price comparison sites that allow customers to quickly and easily compare offers from multiple providers. There are now over thirty Plano electricity providers competing to gain market share. The success of the Texas electricity choice market has kept electric rates low for those Plano residences who stay on top of their electric bill plans. Customer who haven’t taken the time to review their plan and make sure that their electric rate is still fixed might find that they are substantially over paying from what they could be if they take the time to shop and compare Plano electric rates.

Below is a list of current Plano electric rate offers from providers who are licensed to service Plano homes.


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imagesThe cold winter of 2013-2014 has resulted in a jump in wholesale energy prices across the country. Rising oil, coal, and natural gas prices have caused higher electricity prices for suppliers, and those suppliers have passed the expense on to their customers where possible.

Many electricity customers in energy choice markets have enrolled in variable rate plans over the last few years. Electricity companies offering variable rates often entice new customers into their service by offering a low teaser rate that shows impressive savings against the utility default rate for the first month. However, with time the variable electric rate inches up month after month, or rapidly if the energy markets see a big spike forcing electricity companies to pass the higher prices onto their customers.

In January and February many electricity customers of North American Power, Energy Plus, and Systrum Energy are seeing their bills double, and in some cases triple, do to skyrocketing variable electric rates. These electricity companies, and others, have attracted customers in over the last several years offering “no contracts” and rewards programs. However, as many consumers are finding out, not having a contract in place can be a costly mistake. Despite rising energy prices, consumers who have elected to enter into fixed electric rate contracts are not being hurt as their rates are locked for a specific term.

Electricity customers who are on variable rate plans should start shopping for fixed electric rates as soon as possible. If you are on a variable rate and haven’t gotten your bill yet it would be a good idea to call your supplier and get an estimate of how much the electric bill will be. Once you receive the electric bill, switching suppliers at that point will guarantee that you receive at least one more bill from your current supplier.

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Power companies who have taken notice to the success of electric choice in Pennsylvania’s largest cities are now targeting the smaller towns by offering competitive rates and instant bill savings. The Metropolitan Edison Company is the fourth largest electric utility in the state of Pennsylvania delivering power to more than 550,000 power users, all of whom are outside of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Meted customers have seen a surge in electricity competitive rate offers as power companies continue to enter the area looking for new customers.

The competitive power companies have been successful in their marketing efforts to Meted customers. Over the last year the residential switch percentage, the number of customers who are purchasing their power from a competitive supplier in relation to the total number of Meted residential customers, has surged to 35.9% as reported by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. The Meted switch rate is actually higher than the 32% switch rate of Pennsylvania’s largest electric utility, PECO Energy, where power companies have spent more efforts on gaining customers.

Residential customers in the Meted service area are learning that can save money on their monthly Meted electric bills by shopping for competitive low electric rates. Customers who do not shop for competitive rates pay a default electric rate through Meted. Though the Meted default rate recently went down, competitive rates in the area still remain lower. The majority of power companies offering service to Meted customers offer consolidated billing which means that the customer continue to receive the same familiar electric bill from Meted even after they switch.

A list of some of the more competitive rate offerings for Meted residential customers is below. Rate offers are updated daily.


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Best Duquesne Light Electric Rates

March 13, 2013

Energy choice is bringing thousands of consumers lower energy bills in cities across the country who have embraced electricity and natural gas competition. Some areas are seeing larger savings dependent on a number of issues including how the specific state’s energy choice bill was written and how the local utility purchases their power supply for […]

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PECO Residential Rates Set to Increase in April 2013

January 21, 2013

Residential electricity prices will be increasing on April 1, 2013 for PECO Energy customers who have not shopped for a competitive electric rate. The current PECO price to compare rate – which includes power generation supply, the alternative energy portfolio standard charge, and transmission charge – of $0.0869 will increase to $0.0959 on April 1st, […]

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Commonwealth Edison Rates Increase by 20 Percent

October 8, 2012

The Commonwealth Edison Company, responsible for delivering power to 3.8 million electricity customers in northern Illinois, recently raised their electricity supply rates for residential customers by 20%. The increase went into effect on October 1, 2012. The new high rate of 8.32 cents includes generation and transmission charges. The 8.32 cents does not include the […]

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PECO Residential Rates Soar Upward

October 1, 2012

PECO energy customers who have yet to shop for a competitive electricity rate are about to see their electric bills rise substantially. PAElectricity.org, an energy price information site for Pennsylvania consumers, has reported that a PECO residential rate increase that will go in effect on October 1. The increase will only effect those customers who […]

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Pittsburgh Power Company

January 4, 2012

Many Pittsburgh consumers are surprised to learn the Duquesne Light is not the only power company in the area. This is because the Pennsylvania electric choice law allows alternative power companies to offer competitive pricing to power users in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area. Consumers who have not participated in Pennsylvania’s competitive electricity market pay […]

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Compare Power Companies in PSEG

December 9, 2011

As the competitive electricity market takes shape in New Jersey, customers of PSEG are seeing more options as more power companies compete for market share. Electricity customers of PSEG can now compare power companies in order to find cheaper electric rates. While this still might be a new concept for some, the NJ BPU is […]

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