Electric Competition: What ComEd customers Should Know

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).

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.

How Do The Green Energy Options Work?

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 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 6.318 cents per kWh rate from Jan.- May 2017

*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” (1.263 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.

CompanyRate (¢/kWh)FeesTerm
AEP Energy
1-877-648-1927
6.89 fixedNone, only for new customers12 months
AEP Energy
1-877-648-1927
6.65 fixedNone, only for new customersFixed through December 2017
AEP Energy
1-877-648-1927
7.85 fixedNone, only for new customers24 months
AEP Energy
1-877-648-1927
7.45 fixedNone, only for new customers18 months
AEP Energy
1-877-648-1927
6.95 fixed*None, only for new customers12 months
Agera Energy
1-844-692-4372
8.903 fixed$50 exit fee12 months
Agera Energy
1-844-692-4372
9.03 fixed$50 exit fee24 months
Ambit
1-877-282-6248
10.1815 variable Nonemonthly
Ambit
1-877-282-6248
11.1815 variable*Nonemonthly
Ambit
1-877-282-6248
5.74variableNonemonthly
Aspirity Energy
1-888-984-3052
8.52 fixedNone12 months
Aspirity Energy
1-888-984-3052
8.64 fixedNone18 months
Aspirity Energy
1-888-984-3052
9.44 fixedNone24 months
Champion
1-888-653-0087
5.2 fixed$50 exit fee3 months
Champion
1-888-653-0087
6.8 fixed$50 exit fee12 months
Champion
1-888-653-0087
7.1 fixed$50 exit fee24 months
Champion
1-888-653-0087
7.1 fixed*$50 exit fee12 months
CleanChoice Energy
1-800-460-4900
8.7 fixed for 3 months*None12 months
CleanChoice Energy
1-800-460-4900
9.9 fixed*None12 months
CleanChoice Energy
1-800-460-4900
9.9 fixed*None12 months
Clearview Electric
1-800-746-4702
6.89 fixed*$50 cancellation fee6 months
Clearview Electric
1-800-746-4702
6.99 fixed*$9.99 monthly, $50 exit fee12 months
Comcast Energy Rewards (a brand of Crius Energy)
1-844-684-5506
7.65 fixedNone12 months
Comcast Energy Rewards (a brand of Crius Energy)
1-844-684-5506
6.89 variable Nonemonth to month
Constellation
1-866-577-4700
7.19 fixed$50 exit fee12 months
Constellation
1-866-577-4700
7.49 fixed*$50 exit fee12 months
Constellation
1-866-577-4700
7.39 fixed$50 exit fee18 months
Direct Energy
1-866-910-3401
6.99 fixed (6.89 for military)None12 months
Direct Energy
1-866-910-3401
7.09 fixed (6.99 for military)None18 months
Direct Energy
1-866-910-3401
8.59 fixed, plus Nest Thermostat$200 Cancellation Fee27 months
Dynegy Energy Services
1-844-351-7691
6.908 fixedNone12 months
Dynegy Energy Services
1-844-351-7691
7.089 fixed*None12 months
Energy Plus
1-877-830-6820
6.7 variable (3 month intro. rate)Nonemonthly
Energy Plus
1-877-830-6820
7.9 variable (6 month intro. rate)Nonemonthly
Green Mountain Energy
1-855-454-6473
5.8 fixed* (3 month promo. rate)$4.95 monthly fee3 months
Green Mountain Energy
1-855-454-6473
6.9 variable* (3 month introductory rate)Nonemonthly
Green Mountain Energy
1-855-454-6473
7.4 fixed*None3 months
Green Mountain Energy
www.greenmountain.com
7.9 fixed*None3 months
Green Mountain Energy
1-855-454-6473
7.9 fixed*None6 months
Green Mountain Energy
1-855-454-6473
8.4 fixed*$50 exit fee12 months
Green Mountain Energy
1-855-454-6473
9.9 fixed*$50 exit fee12 months
Hiko Energy
1-888-264-4908
7.6 variableNonemonthly
Hiko Energy
1-888-264-4908
9.9 variableNonemonthly
IDT Energy
1-877-887-6866
10.39 fixedNone12 months
IDT Energy
1-877-887-6866
Rates vary with custom pricing (green options available)Nonemonthly
IGS Energy
1-888-995-0992
8.4 fixedNone12 months
IGS Energy
1-888-995-0992
8.09 fixed$50 exit fee12 months
Illinois Gas & Electric
1-866-705-7291
5.59 variableNonemonthly
Illinois Gas & Electric
1-866-705-7291
8.427 fixed$50 exit fee12 months
MajorEnergy
1-888-625-6760
9.70 fixed$50 exit fee24 months
MC Squared Energy Services
1-877-622-7697
Fixed rates vary with custom pricing (green options available)none12, 24 months
MidAmerican Energy
1-800-432-8574
7.32 fixedNoneDecember 2017
National Gas & Electric
1-888-442-0002
5.89 fixedNone3 months
National Gas & Electric
1-888-442-0002
6.09 fixedNone6 months
National Gas & Electric
1-888-442-0002
6.09 fixed*None3 months
National Gas & Electric
1-888-442-0002
6.89 fixed*None6 months
National Gas & Electric
1-888-442-0002
7.29 fixed*None12 months
National Gas & Electric
1-888-442-0002
6.89 fixed$50 exit fee12 months
Nordic Energy Services
1-877-808-1022
3.5 (1 month only)*NoneVariable
North American Power
1-888-313-9086
7.79 fixedExit fee of $10/month left on plan10 months
North American Power
1-888-313-9086
8.74 fixed*Exit fee of $10/month left on plan10 months
North American Power
1-888-313-9086
8.39 fixedExit fee of $10/month left on plan12 months
North American Power
1-888-313-9086
9.34 fixed*Exit fee of $10/month left on plan12 months
NRG Home
1-855-674-7697
5.1 variable* (first 3 months only)Nonemonthly
NRG Home
1-855-674-7697
7.0 fixed* ($50 sign up bonus)exit fee of $10/month left on plan6 months
NRG Home
1-855-674-7697
7.2 fixedexit fee of $10/month left on plan6 months
NRG Home
1-855-674-7697
8.5 fixed (free Nest Thermostat)*Exit fee of $10/ month left on plan15 months
NRG Home
1-855-674-7697
8.0 fixedexit fee of $10/month left on plan24 months
Oasis Energy
1-800-324-3046
6.09 fixedNone3 months
Oasis Energy
1-800-324-3046
6.39 fixed*None3 months
Oasis Energy
1-800-324-3046
7.89 fixed$50 exit fee24 months
Oasis Energy
1-800-324-3046
6.98 fixed*$50 exit fee18 months
Oasis Energy
1-800-324-3046
6.29 fixedNone5 months
Oasis Energy
1-800-324-3046
6.59 fixed*None5 months
PALMco
1-877 726-5862
5.49 variable (first 2 months only)Nonemonthly
Plymouth Power
1-877-726-5862
7.38 fixedNone6 months
Plymouth Power
1-877-726-5862
7.50 fixedNone12 months
Plymouth Power
1-877-726-5862
7.85 fixedNone24 months
Plymouth Power
1-877-726-5862
7.98 fixedNone36 months
Public Power
1-888-354-4415
7.29 fixed*$50 exit fee12 months
Public Power
1-888-354-4415
7.69 fixed*$50 exit fee24 months
Realgy Energy Services
1-877-300-6747
6.0 variable$3.75 monthly fee, $50 exit fee24 months
Santanna Energy Services
1-800-827-0067
6.49 fixed$8.99 monthly fee, $50 exit fee6 months
Santanna Energy Services
1-800-827-0067
6.59 fixed$8.99 monthly fee, $50 exit fee12 months
Smart Energy
1-800-443-4440
5.69 variable*NoneMonthly
Smart Energy
1-800-443-4440
6.69 variable*NoneMonthly
Spark
1-877-547-7275
7.67 fixed*$4.95 monthly fee, $50 exit fee12 months
Spark
1-877-547-7275
7.99 fixed*$4.95 monthly fee, $50 exit fee24 months
Spark
1-877-547-7275
6.20 fixed$4.95 monthly fee, $50 exit fee6 months
Spark
1-877-547-7275
6.59 fixed$4.95 monthly fee, $50 exit fee12 months
Spark
1-877-547-7275
6.89 fixed$4.95 monthly fee, $50 exit fee24 months
Sperian Energy
1-888-682-8082
7.12 fixed$49 exit fee6 months
Star Energy Partners
1-855-427-7827
7.19 fixed*$50 exit fee12 months
Star Energy Partners
1-855-427-7827
8.89 fixed$50 exit fee24 months
Star Energy Partners
1-855-427-7827
9.29 fixed*$50 exit fee
Star Energy Partners
1-855-427-7827
9.09 fixed$50 exit fee36 months
Star Energy Partners
1-855-427-7827
9.69 fixed*$50 exit fee36 months
Starion Energy
1-800-600-3040
6.99 fixed$6.72 monthly fee, $50 exit fee12 months
Tara Energy
1-855-275-8272
7.89 fixed$50 exit fee24 months
Tara Energy
1-855-275-8272
8.29 fixed$50 exit fee24 months
Tara Energy
1-855-275-8272
Custom price. Plans start at $109$50 exit fee36 months
Think Energy
1-800-489-9181
7.5 fixedNone6 months
Think Energy
1-800-489-9181
7.5 fixedNone12 months
Think Energy
1-800-489-9181
7.8 fixed* (for new customers only)None12 months
Verde Energy USA
1-800-388-3862
7.99 fixed*None12 months
Viridian
1-866-663-2508
10.40 fixed*$50 exit feemonthly
Viridian
1-866-663-2508
7.63 fixed*$50 exit fee15 months
Viridian
1-866-663-2508
5.89 fixed*$50 exit fee12 months
Viridian
1-866-663-2508
8.77 fixed*$50 exit fee36 months
Viridian
1-866-663-2508
8.99 variable*$50 exit feemonthly
Xoom Energy
1-888-997-8979
6.29 variable (3-month promotional rate)NoneMontly
Xoom Energy
1-888-997-8979
7.39 fixed$50 exit fee12 months
Xoom Energy
1-888-997-8979
6.89 fixed$50 exit fee12 months
Xoom Energy
1-888-997-8979
7.29 fixed$50 exit fee24 months
Xoom Energy
1-888-997-8979
7.19 fixed*$50 exit fee12 months
Xoom Energy
1-888-997-8979
6.29 fixed$50 exit fee6 months
Note: Prices as of February 15, 2017.