Electric Competition: What ComEd customers should know
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What are my choices?
In northern Illinois, you can choose Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), the regulated utility, to supply you with power, or go with an alternative supplier chosen by you or your municipality. This guide covers individual electricity offers. (See CUB's fact sheet for information on municipal aggregation.)

Remember, even if you choose an alternative supplier, you’re simply buying electricity from that company. ComEd will still bill you to deliver the electricity to your home, and you’ll still call the utility in the event of a power outage.

If you’re having trouble trying to decide the best electric deal, visit the CUB Power Calculator for help.
Do I get a single bill?
Most suppliers include their charges on your ComEd bill, but some send you their own bill. It's a good detail to check.
Will going with an alternative supplier protect me from ComEd rate hikes?
No, ComEd will still bill you to deliver the electricity to your home. Those delivery rates are what ComEd increases when it gets a rate hike before the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC). (Help CUB battle rate hikes!)
What happens when my contract ends?
When your contract is up (or you cancel), you can switch to another supplier at any time, but the switching process can take up to two months. Some alternative suppliers offer green plans, which typically have a higher price than more standard offers. With green plans, the supplier pledges to buy "renewable energy certificates," or RECs, from a company that produces power from renewable sources, such as wind. Basically, that company delivers an amount of renewable energy to somewhere in the electricity system that is equal to the amount you consume. So remember, enrolling in a green energy plan does not mean that the actual power you use is coming from renewable sources.

RECs are a legitimate option for consumers, but there are other ways to help the environment without paying extra—such as practicing energy efficiency at home (see below). Also CUB sees Illinois’ renewable portfolio standard, requiring utilities to use a certain percentage of renewable energy, as a much more effective way to make the electricity system cleaner and more stable.
What else can I do to cut my electric bill and make my home more efficient?
Our free online service, CUBEnergySaver.com, is filled with tips on how to cut energy costs, tracks real savings on ComEd bills, and rewards consumers who save energy with shopping and restaurant gift cards.
What details should I look for in the fine print?
Find out:

1. If the price is an introductory rate that changes in a month or two.
2. If the company charges an exit fee for getting out of the deal before the term is up.
3. If the company charges a monthly fee that will inflate its advertised price.
4. If a contract clause allows the company to get out of the rate it has promised.
5. If the company charges a deposit.
6. If you're eligible to sign up for the company's offer. One company, for example, did not allow LIHEAP customers and those on deferred payment plans to take advantage of its offers. Warning: Customers using electricity as their primary source of heat as well as customers on ComEd's Hourly Pricing pay a special rate for power. Verify if you’re on a special utility rate, so you can do an apples-to-apples comparison with the rate an alternative supplier is offering.
What are the offers?
Compare the prices below with ComEd’s 6.987 cents per kWh rate from January 2016 to May 2016.

*This is a snapshot of plans. The rates and details of offers can change. Beware that plans may change drastically after the initial term. Rates only reflect the price of the power itself. The ComEd price includes the "Electricity Supply Charge" and the "Transmission Services Charge" (1.122 cents), both under the "Supply" section of ComEd bills. The Purchased Electricity Adjustment (PEA), which changes monthly and can be a credit or a debit, is not included in ComEd's price to compare. It can add up to 0.5 cents per kWh to ComEd's rate.
Alternative Electric Supplier Offers
Company
Rate (¢/kWh)
Fees
Term
AEP Energy
1-877-648-1927
5.45 fixed
None
6 months
AEP Energy
1-877-648-1927
5.89 fixed
None
12 months
AEP Energy
1-877-648-1927
6.45 fixed
None
24 months
AEP Energy
1-877-648-1927
6.55 fixed*
None
24 months
Ambit
1-877-282-6248
11.40 variable (11.40 new customer rate)
None
monthly
Ambit
1-877-282-6248
12.40 variable (12.40 new customer rate)*
None
monthly
Ambit
1-877-282-6248
6.43 variable
None
Monthly
Champion
1-888-653-0087
5.9 fixed
$50 exit fee
3 months
Champion
1-888-653-0087
6.8 fixed
$50 exit fee
6 months
Champion
1-888-653-0087
6.5 fixed
$50 exit fee
12 months
Champion
1-888-653-0087
6.8 fixed*
$50 exit fee
12 months
Champion
1-888-653-0087
6.7 fixed
$50 exit fee
24 months
Clearview Electric
1-800-746-4702
7.59 fixed*
$50 cancellation fee
12 months
Clearview Electric
1-800-746-4702
6.99 fixed*
$50 cancellation fee
6 months
Clearview Electric
1-800-746-4702
6.29 fixed*
$9.99 monthly fee, $50 exit fee
6 months
Clearview Electric
1-800-746-4702
6.59 fixed*
$9.99 monthly fee, $50 exit fee
12 months
Comcast Energy Rewards (a brand of Crius Energy)
1-844-684-5506
6.30 variable
None
12 months
ConEdison Solutions
1-888-320-8991
5.79 fixed
None
8 months
ConEdison Solutions
1-888-320-8991
6.75 fixed
None
9 months
ConEdison Solutions
1-888-320-8991
5.95 fixed
None
12 months
ConEdison Solutions
1-888-320-8991
6.95 fixed
None
15 months
Constellation
1-866-577-4700
7.19 fixed
$50 exit fee
12 months
Constellation
1-866-577-4700
7.39 fixed*
$50 exit fee
12 months
Constellation
1-866-577-4700
6.95 fixed
$50 exit fee
24 months
Direct Energy
1-866-910-3401
6.49 fixed
None
6 months
Direct Energy
1-866-910-3401
6.59 fixed (6.49 for military)
None
12 months
Direct Energy
1-866-910-3401
7.29 fixed (6.79 for military)
None
18 months
Direct Energy
1-866-910-3401
8.09 fixed, plus Nest Thermostat
$200 Cancellation Fee
24 months
Direct Energy
1-866-910-3401
8.59 fixed, plus Nest Thermostat
$200 Cancellation Fee
36 months
Energy Plus
1-877-830-6820
6.7 variable (3 month intro. rate)
None
monthly
Ethical Electric
1-800-460-4900
9.3 variable*
None
monthly
Ethical Electric
1-800-460-4900
9.2 fixed*
None
12 months
Green Mountain Energy
www.greenmountain.com
6.9 variable*(3 month introductory rate)
None
monthly
Green Mountain Energy
www.greenmountain.com
8.4 fixed*
$50 exit fee
12 months
Green Mountain Energy
www.greenmountain.com
7.9 fixed*
$50 exit fee
6 months
Green Mountain Energy
www.greenmountain.com
5.8 variable* (3 month promo. rate)
$4.95 monthly fee
monthly
Hiko Energy
www.hikoenergy.com
8.22 variable
None
monthly
IGS Energy
1-888-995-0992
7.35 fixed
None
12 months
IGS Energy
1-888-995-0992
6.95 fixed
$50 exit fee
12 months
Illinois Gas & Electric
1-866-705-7291
6.453 variable
None
monthly
Illinois Gas & Electric
1-866-705-7291
7.607 fixed
$50 exit fee
12 months
MajorEnergy
1-888-625-6760
8.25 fixed
$50 exit fee
24 months
MC Squared Energy Services
1-877-622-7697
Fixed rates vary with custom pricing (green options available)
None
12 months
MidAmerican Energy
1-800-432-8574
7.00 fixed
None
May 2018
Nordic Energy Services
1-877-808-1022
Varies with custom pricing
None
Varies
North American Power
1-888-313-9086
7.59 fixed
exit fee of $10/month left on plan
10 months
North American Power
1-888-313-9086
8.54 fixed*
exit fee of $10/month left on plan
10 months
North American Power
1-888-313-9086
7.79 fixed
exit fee of $10/month left on plan
12 months
North American Power
1-888-313-9086
8.74 fixed*
exit fee of $10/month left on plan
12 months
NRG Home
1-855-674-7697
6.9 variable* (first 3 months only)
None
monthly
NRG Home
1-855-674-7697
7.4 fixed* ($50 sign up bonus)
exit fee of $10/month left on plan
6 months
NRG Home
1-855-674-7697
8.4 fixed*
exit fee of $10/month left on plan
12 months
Oasis Energy
1-800-324-3046
6.09 fixed
None
3 months
Oasis Energy
1-800-324-3046
6.39 fixed*
None
3 months
Oasis Energy
1-800-324-3046
6.29 fixed
None
5 months
Oasis Energy
1-800-324-3046
6.59 fixed*
None
5 months
Oasis Energy
1-800-324-3046
7.59 fixed
Exit fee of $12/month left on plan
18 months
Oasis Energy
1-800-324-3046
7.89 fixed
Exit fee of $12/month left on plan
24 months
PALMco
1-877 726-5862
5.88 variable (first 2 months only)
None
monthly
Public Power
1-888-354-4415
6.49 fixed
None
12 months
Public Power
1-888-354-4415
6.99 fixed
None
24 months
Realgy Energy Services
1-877-300-6747
5.90 variable
$3.75 monthly fee, $50 exit fee
24 months
Santanna Energy Services
1-800-827-0067
5.59 fixed
$8.99 monthly fee, $50 exit fee
12 months
Santanna Energy Services
1-800-827-0067
5.44 fixed
$8.99 monthly fee, $50 exit fee
6 months
Spark
1-877-547-7275
7.99 fixed*
$4.95 monthly fee, $50 exit fee
12 months
Spark
1-877-547-7275
7.59 fixed*
$4.95 monthly fee, $50 exit fee
24 months
Spark
1-877-547-7275
6.49 fixed
$4.95 monthly fee, $50 exit fee
6 months
Spark
1-877-547-7275
6.59 fixed
$4.95 monthly fee, $50 exit fee
12 months
Spark
1-877-547-7275
6.89 fixed
$4.95 monthly fee, $50 exit fee
24 months
Sperian Energy
1-888-682-8082
6.39 fixed
$49 exit fee
3 months
Sperian Energy
1-888-682-8082
6.65 variable
None
monthly
Sperian Energy
1-888-682-8082
6.49 fixed
$75 exit fee
12 months
Star Energy Partners
1-855-427-7827
6.99 fixed*
$50 exit fee
12 months
Star Energy Partners
1-855-427-7827
8.49 fixed
$50 exit fee
24 months
Star Energy Partners
1-855-427-7827
8.69 fixed*
$50 exit fee
24 months
Star Energy Partners
1-855-427-7827
8.69 fixed
$50 exit fee
36 months
Star Energy Partners
1-855-427-7827
8.89 fixed*
$50 exit fee
36 months
Starion Energy
1-800-600-3040
6.99 fixed
$7.97 monthly fee, $50 exit fee
12 months
Starion Energy
1-800-600-3040
10.97 Variable
$7.97 monthly fee
monthly
Tara Energy
1-855-275-8272
7.89 fixed
$50 exit fee
24 months
Tara Energy
1-855-275-8272
8.29 fixed
$50 exit fee
24 months
Tara Energy
1-855-275-8272
Custom price. Plans stat at $110
$50 exit fee
36 months
Think Energy
1-800-489-9181
6.40 fixed
None
6 months
Think Energy
1-800-489-9181
6.80 fixed
None
12 months
Think Energy
1-800-489-9181
7.10 fixed
None
18 months
Think Energy
1-800-489-9181
7.50 fixed
None
24 months
Verde Energy USA
1-800-388-3862
7.49 fixed*
None
12 months
Viridian (a brand of Crius Energy)
1-866-663-2508
9.40 variable*
None
monthly
Viridian
1-866-663-2508
8.99 variable*
None
monthly
Viridian
1-866-663-2508
8.79 fixed*
$150 exit fee
36 months
Viridian
1-866-663-2508
6.30 variable*
$50 exit fee
12 months
Xoom Energy
1-888-997-8979
6.49 variable (3-month promotional rate)
None
monthly
Xoom Energy
1-888-997-8979
6.69 fixed
$50 exit fee
12 months
Xoom Energy
1-888-997-8979
7.49 fixed
$50 exit fee
24 months
Xoom Energy
1-888-997-8979
9.55 variable*
None
monthly
Xoom Energy
1-888-997-8979
7.29 fixed*
$50 exit fee
12 months
Note: Prices as of April 20, 2016.
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