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No matter who you choose to buy energy from, your local utility will continue to deliver your electricity and/or gas and respond to service interruptions and outages. You will still pay your utility for these services. Depending on your area, you can choose to receive a single bill from your utility listing your utility delivery charges and competitive supply charges, or separate bills from the utility and alternate energy provider.   The information on this page was last updated on June 7, 2011.  Please be sure to get accurate and up-to-date information before making any decision.


  

Residential Electricity:

There are a number of choices for residential electricity consumers in the state of Maryland.  Please follow the links below to compare rates and switch plans.  Contact us directly at 310-619-3055 if you have any questions. 


The Maryland Office of People’s Counsel (OPC), created in 1924, is the oldest utility consumer advocacy office of its kind in the United States. The People’s Counsel is appointed by the Attorney General, with the advice and consent of the Senate, and acts independently of the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) and the Office of Attorney General. OPC is a State of Maryland agency, yet works independently to represent Maryland’s residential consumers of electric, natural gas, telecommunications, private water and certain transportation matters before the PSC, federal regulatory agencies and the courts. Click on the link below to visit their site...



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Commercial Electricity:

If you would like to inquire about our business opportunities in Maryland, please contact us directly at 310-619-3055 or visit our Opportunity page. 

 


 














































 

Maryland
Natural Gas:

Retail electric choice started in Maryland in July 0f 2000, with multi-year transitions at each of the four investor-owned utilities (Baltimore Gas & Electric, Pepco, Delmarva Power and Light, and Allegheny Power). These utilities sold off their power plants, and now only own the transmission and distribution wires, while also providing "backstop" power to customers who do not shop for electricity. With the move to competition, Maryland utilities have separated their service into two parts:

Regulated distribution of power, which is still only provided by the utility, and
Supply of the electric commodity, which is open to competition.
Customers can choose to receive their electric supply from their utility, or an alternate electric provider.

Customers who do not shop for supply from an alternate electric provider in Maryland receive Standard Offer Service, or SOS, from their utility. How SOS is priced depends on a customer's class and size.

Large business and industrial customers (those above 600 kW) receive hourly prices from the PJM wholesale market. These prices vary with the spot wholesale market price of electricity, which is extremely volatile. Thus, most large customers have contracted with a competitive energy provider to avoid these hourly prices, and receive rate stability.

Medium-sized business customers (25 kW to 600 kW) receive an SOS price that changes quarterly, and are known as Type II customers. All the electricity supply to serve these utility SOS customers is bought every three months, meaning prices often vary widely during the year. Customers can avoid these price fluctuations by contracting with a alternative electric provider.

SOS prices for residential and small commercial customers (under 25 kW) change every six months. Supply for this class, known as Type I, has been "laddered" to shield customers from exposure to the wholesale market at any one time. The supply needs for these customers are split into quarters, and 25% of supply is procured every six months for a period of two years -- meaning the SOS price is a revolving mix of old and current supply contracts. While intended to shield small customers from the price volatility witnessed by larger customers, this "laddering" can also raise prices through risk premiums. The SOS price also does not fall as quickly when the wholesale market price falls, because only a small part of SOS supply is being bought in the current market. Customers can take advantage of falling prices faster by choosing a competitive energy provider that offers lower rates when market prices fall.

Customers who choose an alternate electric provider still have their power delivered to them by their local utility, and contact their utility for all outage reporting. Customers can choose to receive either a single bill from their utility for their delivery service and energy supply service, or can receive two bills, one from each company.

The Maryland Public Service Commission has reformed the natural gas industry to give customers a chance to shop for lower natural gas rates. Starting at different points around 2000, utilities opened their service areas to allow customers to choose a different company to supply them with their gas supply. Customers choosing an alternate gas supplier will still have their gas supply delivered by the local utility, but customers will be buying their gas supply from a new company. Utilities with gas choice include Baltimore Gas and Electric, Washington Gas Light, Columbia Gas, Chesapeake Utilities, UGI (PPL), Easton Utilities and Elkton Gas.

A customer's natural gas bill has been separated into two parts:

Regulated distribution of gas, which is still only provided by the utility, and
Supply of the gas commodity, which is open to competition.
Customers can choose to receive their gas supply from their utility, or an alternate gas provider.

If customers do not shop for an alternate gas supplier, they receive default supply service from their utility. Under default supply service, customers pay a supply charge that can have different names, such as Gas Commodity Service, Gas Cost, or Purchased Gas Charge, which can be used to set the price to compare. At BGE and some of the smaller utilities, this gas supply charge varies monthly. At WGL and Columbia, the supply charge varies quarterly, with a tracker charge. The monthly or quarterly fluctuations mean customers can be exposed to volatile swings in prices. Customers can avoid wild swings in the gas supply charge by contracting with an alternative gas supplier.

No matter who you choose to buy energy from, your local utility will continue to deliver your gas and respond to service interruptions and outages. You will still pay your utility for these services. Depending on your area, you can choose to receive a single bill from your utility listing your utility delivery charges and supplier commodity charges, or separate bills from the utility and alternate energy provider. 

  

Residential Natural Gas: 

There are choices for residential electricity consumers in the state of Maryland.  Please follow the links below to compare rates and switch plans.  Contact us directly at 310-619-3055 if you have any questions. Gas prices fluctuate often, so be sure to check up-to-date prices.


Baltimore Gas & Electric (BG&E)

     Gateway Energy Services

     MXenergy

     Spark Energy


Columbia Gas of Maryland

     MXenergy - 69.9¢


Washington Gas of Maryland

     Gateway Energy Services



Commercial Natural Gas: 

We can help commercial natural gas customers in Maryland obtain competitive price quotes to help lower their energy costs.  Simply fax an LOA and your entire natural gas bill to 888-505-3661 for a competitive price quote to see if we can help you save money on natural gas. Contact us directly at 310-619-3055 if you have any questions. 


Baltimore Gas & Electric (BG&E)


     CLICK HERE For a Custom Price Quote




Washington Gas & Light

    
Tiger Natural Gas




Maryland Natural Gas Utilities:

  • Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.
  • Easton Utilities Commission
  • Elkton Gas Service
  • Monongahela Power Gas Co.

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