energy choice

While energy choice laws have been in effect for almost a decade in the New York City area, an alarming number of consumers are still unaware of their option to shop for competitive electricity and natural gas rates. The majority of citizens are still under the belief that they have to pay the energy rates offered by Con Edison, the local utility company. In truth, New York City consumers only have to pay the regulated delivery charges for energy to Con Edison, the supply component of their energy bills is open to customer choice. New York energy choice laws changed Con Edison from being the sole energy company in the New York City area, responsible for the delivery and generation supply of the energy, to only being responsible for the delivery and maintenance of the energy lines and wires.

On top of their delivery duties, Con Edison also provides a default rate for electricity supply to customers who do not choose to initiate in electricity shopping activity. Con Edison customers can find attractive rate plans offered by competitive electricity companies that will replace the default rate. The competitive electricity companies in New York are referred to as ESCOs, which stands for energy supply companies. ESCOs can offer customers rate plans that differentiate from the “one size fits all” default plan offered by Con Edison.

The Con Edison default electricity rate changes each month as it is variable and tied to market fluctuations. This volatility does not allow for ESCOs to market exact savings with their rate offerings as they are able to do in other state markets. In the neighboring states of New Jersey an Pennsylvania, utilities have default rates that last anywhere from three to eight months at a time. Electricity companies there can offer rates below the default rates and consumers can calculate exact savings. While this isn’t the exact case in New York, consumers can still lock in low Con Edison rates that are fixed and will offer price certainty during the term of the contract.

In addition to price, Con Edison customers can shop for plans that offer renewable energy as the source of power. ESCOs can purchase power generated from wind farms and sell it to retail customers so that there money is supporting renewable resources.

Consumers have a variety of options when shopping for competitive electricity in New York City. Getting this idea out has been difficult as people have become used to accepting whatever rate Con Edison imposes. The last migration data in New York was released at the end of 2015 which showed that only 23.6% of residential customers where purchasing their power from a competitive ESCO. Below are competitive offers from ESCOs who have been approved to sell power in the Con Edison service area.


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Connecticut Light and Power electricity customers are going to see a 22% increase on their electric bills for the price they pay for power generation supply. The current rate of $0.07573, that has been in place since July 2013, will increase to $0.09235 on January 1, 2014. The rate increase will occur for those residential customers who are not currently on a competitive supply contract from a CL&P Alternative supplier.

CL&P residential customers have enjoyed low default generation rates from the utility over the last two years, which has limited growth in Connecticut’s electricity choice market. In Connecticut, when a customer does not shop for a competitive power rate they pay a default rate with their local utility, which in Connecticut is either CL&P or The United Illuminating Company. With CL&P rates being low over the last two years a lack of incentive existed for customers to get out and shop for a lower electricity rate. However, now that those default rates will be rising by more than 20 percent, electricity shopping in the state is expected to take off.

The competitive energy choice market has remained in tact even after two years of low electric default rates. Now that those defaults rates are rising, competitive electricity companies in Connecticut will attempt to get their brand out there in hopes of acquiring new customers. Connecticut residential electricity rates offered in the competitive market will allow a signifiant relief for those customers who will see their default rates rise in January.


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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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Electricity customers who are serviced by Baltimore Gas & Electric are finally starting to see the benefits of Maryland energy choice as competitive energy companies have pushed prices down.

How Do I Lower My BG&E Electric Bill?

There are a thousand different answers to this question. Some are true, some are myths, some are smart, and some are just plain ridiculous. While many people will spit out some energy efficiency strategies and facts – unplug appliances, turn down the AC, keep blinds shut during the day – the easiest way to lower your BGE bill is to exercise your freedom to shop the competitive electricity market.

You can always take the time to learn about energy efficiency and put that to practice, but there is no simpler way than taking 5 minutes to switch off of the high BGE default rate and onto a lower competitive rate.

Maryland electricity choice laws have structured it so that BG&E continues to deliver power to their customer’s properties regardless of which energy supplier they choose. BG&E is now only in the business of power delivery and power line and wire maintenance. When you choose a competitive supplier, you continue to receive your monthly electric bill from BG&E. The rate you choose simply replaces the default BG&E supply rate. So if the competitive rate is lower than the default rate, you save money on your electric bill.

So, How Do You Lower Your BGE Electric Bill?

Simple! Just shop and choose one of the low competitive electricity rates below.


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Connecticut Energy Choice

March 12, 2012

Energy choice is providing savings for Connecticut electricity customers. Connecticut’s energy choice laws allow consumers to shop for competitive electricity generation rates. Currently competitive rates are being offered that are significantly lower than the local utility (CL&P, United Illuminating) generation default rates. The utility generation default rates are set for an entire calendar year. As […]

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Atlantic City Electric Customers Power Shop for Savings

February 2, 2012

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 […]

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CT Energy Savings

October 31, 2011

Connecticut consumers continue to benefit from the state’s decision to deregulate their electricity market several years ago. Electric choice in Connecticut is providing energy customers with lower prices and more options when buying their electricity. Almost everyone in Connecticut is serviced by either Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) or the United Illuminating Company. Prior to […]

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Allentown Energy Rates

August 18, 2011

Businesses and households in Allentown Pennsylvania have several electricity companies to choose from now that the state of Pennsylvania has been deregulated. Energy choice has given electricity consumers dozens of rate options to choose from, many of which are lower than the local utility default rates. While citizens of Allentown have choices of who to […]

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Low Electric Rates in JCPL

August 3, 2011

Residential customers who receive their monthly electric bill from JCPL can find savings above 10% by taking the time to shop and compare electricity rates in the competitive NJ energy market. The New Jersey Electric Choice and Competition act is providing power options for both residential and commercial customers. There are variety of options in […]

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Energy Price Comparison

June 11, 2011

Performing an energy price comparison among different energy companies and their offers is not always as simple as it may seem.  If you are shopping for competitive energy prices you may not always get apples to apples rate comparisons, especially if you are doing electric rate comparisons for a business. Increasingly competitive energy suppliers are […]

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