National Grid electric bills in Massachusetts are going to be substantially higher this winter for customers who have not selected a competitive supplier. According to the most recent data released by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, the higher National Grid electric bills will effect just over 600,000 residential customers. The cause of the the change is a result by an adjustment in the generation supply price that National Grid charges to their customers who have not selected a competitive Massachusetts electricity supplier.

Formerly divided into two separate companies – Massachusetts Electric Company and the Nantucket Electric Company – National Grid now delivers power to just under 1 million residential customers in Massachusetts. All of their customers have the ability and right to shop for competitive electricity rates. Those that do not pay a default rate charged by National Grid. This default rate changes three or four times a year and fluctuates around the wholesale energy markets.

On November 1, 2017 the National Grid default rate in Massachusetts will rise 34.4%, and will stay in effect through April of next year. The current price of $0.09432 will jump to $0.12673. Roughly 39% of customers in the National Grid service area have selected a competitive electricity supplier, and as a result will not be effected by the November rate increase. The remaining 61% of customers can avoid the rate increase by shopping for lower electric rates from electricity suppliers who are licensed by the state of Massachusetts (see below).


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Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE) Commercial Customers looking to shop around for competitive electric rates can expect a lower electric bill upon choosing a competitive supplier. The deregulation of the electricity market in Maryland is opening the doors for competitive suppliers to offer lower rates than a BGE commercial customer can expect to receive from the Standard Offer Service. The BGE Standard Offer Service (SOS) is the alternative electricity supplier chosen by BGE that provides standard services to those who have not selected a competitive supplier. The commercial rates provided by the SOS can be set up to a year in advance so BGE customers looking to lock in a fixed rate from a competitive supplier can be shown guaranteed savings.

Current market conditions show a favorable percentage of savings for Maryland electricity commercial customers electing to select a competitive supplier. Depending on load factor and other variables a typical business can expect to save 8-20%. Fixed rate options are often the best choice for companies looking to minimize risk. Some suppliers will offer a low introductory variable rate only to increase the rate the following month. It is important to compare and review the terms and conditions carefully before selecting a competitive supplier. A good database to start comparing supplier’s rates and terms for BGE commercial customers is Electricrate.com.

Deregulating the electricity market in Maryland is proving to be a cost effective way for businesses to save money and approve their bottom line. Electricity rates have a history of being volatile so taking advantage of these low rates while market conditions are favorable may be a wise choice. The number of commercial accounts switching from the SOS to a competitive supplier is expected to grow in the coming years as businesses become more aware of energy choice.

Compare competitive offers below by selecting your utility and monthly electric bill amount. All offers are provided by electricity suppliers who have been licensed by the Maryland Public Utility Commission.

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Electricity shopping activity in Chicago has picked up in recent months due to a price increase approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission for ComEd. As the largest electricity utility in the state of Illinois, ComEd provides a default electricity rate to their customers who do not select a competitive supplier. Historically, the price of the ComEd default rate has correlated strongly with electricity shopping activity in the territory. When the default increases, more customers look to shop the competitive market for low Illinois electricity rates that can save them money. Alternatively, when ComEd lowers their default price, some customers leave their competitive supplier plan and jump back on to the default plan. At its peak in March of 2014, electricity choice participating in the ComEd market reached 2.4 million of the 3.8 million customers. As a result of a consistently falling ComEd default rate, until recently, the participation number has steadily fallen to a low of only 1.25 million customers in April of 2017.

Over the last year, residents in Chicago and the rest of northern Illinois, has seen the ComEd price to compare rise steadily from $0.062 in June of 2016 to $0.06892 in July of 2017. The 11.16% year over year increase has caused some to start shopping the competitive Illinois electricity market once again. Adding fuel to the fire is the fact that there are now more competitive electricity suppliers offering service to Chicago area than ever before at rates that are deeply discounted from the default price. The combination of a high default rate and low competitive electricity rates is expected result in more active electricity shoppers in northern Illinois.


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Consumer energy price comparison site Electricrate.com is urging more than 700,000 residential customers living in central Pennsylvania to take five minutes to shop and compare competitive electricity rates. These customers are facing an electricity generation rate increase of 14.17% by PP&L, the Pennsylvania electric utility who delivers power to the central part of the state in including the major cities of Harrisburg and Lancaster. The higher prices will effect customers who are on the PP&L default rate for generation electricity, meaning that they have not entered into agreements with competitive PP&L electricity suppliers.

While 43% of PP&L residential customers are purchasing power from a competitive supplier, the remaining have not taken the time to do so resulting them to pay a high default rate through the utility. Many of these customers are surprised to learn that they can easily lower their monthly PP&L electric bill by simply choosing a competitive supplier who is offering a low fixed electricity rate. Selecting a rate plan by a competitive supplier causes the contractual rate to replace the PP&L default rate. When a customer chooses a competitive rate plan that is lower than the default plan, the PP&L electric bill is lowered as a result. ElectricRate.com currently has nine rate plans that are offering double digit percentage savings against the default price.

The price jump went into effect on June 1, 2017 and will start to show up for the first time on the PP&L electric bill in late July and early August. Customers can avoid the price increase, and even bring the price they pay for power below to what PP&L was charging in May by comparing PP&L competitive electricity prices.


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Basic Generation Service Rates Rise for PSEG Electricity Customers

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Residential PSEG electricity customers who are on the basic generation service rate are getting hit with a summer rate increase. The basic generation service rate is the price for electricity power supply that customers pay who have not chosen to buy their power from a competitive supplier. As an energy choice state New Jersey residents […]

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PPL Announces 14.17% Residential Summer 2017 Price Increase

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Comparing Competitive Delaware Electricity Prices to the Delmarva Default Price

March 13, 2017

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NH Eversource Electric Bill Savings

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Saving money on the monthly Eversource electric bill has never been as easy as it now is for New Hampshire citizens thanks to the successful results of energy choice deregulation. Through state legislature, New Hampshire electricity choice laws allow consumers to shop for the power generation supply component of their electric bill from alternative electricity […]

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PPL Small Business Savings Available on Electric Bills

January 13, 2017

Small businesses in central Pennsylvania serviced by PP&L who are still on the utility default “price to compare” rate have an opportunity to reduce their electric bill through the Pennsylvania electricity choice program. Electricity choice allows consumers to shop the market and purchase their power supply from an alternative supplier who may be able to […]

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