Electricity consumers in Illinois who receive their power from Commonwealth Edison, and are still on the price to compare default rate structure, are facing a steep electric rate increase as of June 1, 2014. Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) provides power to more than 3.5 million customers including the city of Chicago. The rate increase will not effect consumers who have selected an alternative supplier through the state’s energy choice laws.

As an electricity choice state, Illinois consumers have the ability to switch off of state regulated utility default prices and search for competitive prices offered by electricity companies who are licensed by the Illinois Commerce Commission. Consumers who do not shop for competitive pricing pay a default rate for the generation portion of their electricity bills. Throughout most of 2013 the default prices offered to ComEd customers were below the competitive prices offered by alternative electricity suppliers, leaving little incentive for consumers to switch off of their utility rate structure and participate in the Illinois electricity choice marketplace.

On June 1, 2014 ComEd raised their default rate substantially to over $0.075 from a prior rate that was often below 5 cents. The ComEd price to compare rate can reach as high as $0.08096 for residential customers due to a monthly rate adjustment that the ICC allows ComEd to impose on consumers. Chicago consumers can now once again find competitive ComEd electricity rates that are lower than the price to compare default rates. The rate increase is expected to cause many Chicago default rate payers to shop for lower power prices for the first time. The expected increase in sales have resulted in an increase in marketing efforts by the competitive Chicago electricity companies, all of whom must be licensed by the state in order to market their services.


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Electricity Rates on the Rise for PPL Customers

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Maryland Electricity Rates and Choice

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The majority of Maryland electricity consumers who have not shopped for competitive electric prices will see their electric rates increase in June. Baltimore Gas & Electric (BG&E), Potamac Electric Power (PEPCO), and Delmarva Power will all increase their rates for default paying residential customers. The larges increase will be placed on Delmarva customers who will […]

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