Energy Choice Industry News

Michigan, Indiana warm to the idea of expanding consumer utility choice

A surplus of electric power in the Midwest, low wholesale power prices, a jump in retail rates, and the dramatic growth in customer choice participation in Illinois and Ohio are prompting at least two states in the Midwest to look again at the merits of letting retail customers pick their electric supplier. On April 30…

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Consumers encouraged to read up on electric suppliers

Consumers too quick to disregard unrecognized telephone numbers as telemarketers may miss out on a chance to save money, a spokesman for the public utility regulatory agency said. The PUCO recommends four steps for any consumer considering a switch in electric supplier: • Compare offers — Visit PUCO’s apples-to-apples chart to determine which electric supplier’s…

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Niles moves forward with power aggregation

The question of whether Niles (IL) should explore aggregation was backed by nearly 86 percent of voters in the April 9 election, according to acting Village Manager Steven Vinezeano. The ballot question asked whether the village should have the authority to arrange for the supply of electricity for its residential and small commercial retail customers…

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Milford (OH) considers gas, electric aggregation

Milford (OH) residents soon may have an option to save money by aggregating gas and electric services. Aggregation is when a group of customers join together to form a single, larger customer to purchase electric or gas services. City Manager Jeff Wright said he wants to generate conversation and get feedback from residents about aggregation….

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Don’t Fall For Electricity Solicitation Calls

The City of Park Ridge (IL) issued a statement on Wednesday, warning residents to be wary of phone solicitations trying to lure customers back to ComEd. Be sure you do your research and know your rights before signing any contracts, including new energy contracts. Visit the Consumer Tools section of this website at www.competitiveenergy.org/consumer-tools to…

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Washington: Small Business Can Save Money by Shopping for Electricity

Pamela Witmer is a commissioner with the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission, which is charged with ensuring electric rates in Pennsylvania remain competitive. She writes about how small businesses can benefit by shopping for electricity. In early February, Pennsylvania surpassed 2 million residential and business customers using a competitive supplier for their electric service. Just three years…

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PUCO to hold energy choice talk (Lima News)

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio will offer a talk at 5:30 p.m. March 25 at the Lima Public Library to educate Lima residents on their electric and natural gas choices. A representative will explain energy choice regulations and tips on deciding on a provider. Visit puco.ohio.gov for details. To learn more before the meeting,…

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“Electric Choice Programs Place Power in the Customers’ Hands” (Renewable Energy World)

“Consumers now have the freedom to select their energy provider and a plan that is most suitable for their needs. This is known as “Electric Choice” and directly relates to the ability of consumers to choose the company they would like to generate and supply the energy they consumer.”

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“Electricity competition is real, so how should you decide what to do?” (Nashua Telegraph)

“Yes, (electricity competition) is real and easy to do, and the savings do exist, although they aren’t huge. A homeowner can reduce monthly bills by around $5 to $15 when switching away from PSNH or their resident utility, depending on power usage. There is almost no risk to consumers, and although the system is new,…

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“Understanding Energy Choice” Capitol Pressroom interview with ACCES

ACCES spokesman Michael Meath talks with Susan Arbetter on the Capitol Pressroom about energy choice for natural gas and electricity consumers in New York State. The Capitol Pressroom is aired across the entire state of New York.

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