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In Maryland, you can choose your electricity and natural gas suppliers. After switching energy suppliers, the only difference you'll notice will be your bill. More than 500,000 Marylanders have already made the switch. Need a good reason to switch? Some suppliers regularly offer rates that are 10% or more cheaper than the utility. How can you start? Just enter your ZIP code above.

Unfortunately for them, many Maryland residents aren't taking advantage of deregulation. A recent Choose Energy survey found that more than 86 percent say they've never chosen a competitive Maryland electricity plan, meaning they're probably paying more than they have to for energy. More than half don't know that energy deregulation means that they have energy choice. Their plight could get worse this summer. The government predicts a rise in electricity prices.

Current Price to Compare MD Rates

Utility Company Rate
BG&E 8.225¢ / kwh
PEPCO 7.858¢ / kwh
Delmarva Power & Light 7.743¢ / kwh
Potomac Edison 6.598¢ / kwh
Supplier Plan Energy Term Length Rate
Constellation Energy 36 month fixed 7.29¢
Constellation Energy 12 month fixed 7.79¢
Constellation Energy 24 month fixed 7.59¢
Constellation Energy 24 month fixed 7.59¢
Direct Energy 12 month fixed 7.89¢

We have 19 more plans available in 21042.

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In 1999, the Maryland General Assembly passed the Electric Customer Choice and Competition Act, which allows consumers to shop for energy supply from retail energy providers in Maryland. Due to the state’s record-high energy rates, Maryland introduced energy choice to drive down energy prices by introducing competition among energy suppliers.

To this day, electric prices in Maryland are among the highest in the country. By participating in energy choice, you can help support competition that could reduce energy prices in your state. On ChooseEnergy.com, you’ll learn more about deregulated energy and how you can save when you switch.

Get started now by entering your ZIP code above.

How do I know I’ll save with an alternative energy supplier?

Utilities, or energy companies, in Maryland offer customers information to know how much they are spending on electric supply each month. Baltimore Gas & Electric Co., for example, provides a tool known as the Standard Offer Service, which shows customers how much they can expect to pay for energy supply each month. Current supply rates show that BGE customers will pay 8.225 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh). ChooseEnergy.com, as of mid-May, offers a 36-month plan that could save 13 percent on that rate now.

Consider that the government, as mentioned above, believes rates may rise when electricity use picks up, such as during winter or summer. With this knowledge, customers can compare rate plans confidently to find the one that fits their budget.

Because prices from energy companies in Maryland rise and fall depending on the wholesale price of energy, residents may want a more stable rate for a longer period. A fixed-rate energy plan offers you just that, with a consistent rate for the duration of your agreement at current energy prices – regardless of fluctuations in the energy market. This could mean protection from rate spikes and savings for electric utility customers.

See what rates are available! Enter your ZIP code above.

Do businesses have energy choice?

The freedom to choose your energy rates in Maryland is not only available in homes but also to commercial customers. In fact, more than 90% of large businesses in the state have enrolled with alternative suppliers. This competition between energy suppliers to provide lower prices for businesses could be why commercial electric prices in Maryland are lower than the national average this year. If the same competition between suppliers existed for residential customers, prices might also decrease. However, without participation in energy choice, suppliers are not forced to compete for your business. Want to see the available rates? Enter your ZIP code above.

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Is the enrollment process difficult?

The enrollment process for residents and businesses is simple with the aim of meeting each customer’s unique needs. For residents, the process includes providing contact information, address and your Electric Choice ID. What is your Maryland Electric Choice ID number?

  • The Electric Choice ID number is the number suppliers use to confirm your utility service before enrolling you as a customer. This number is 10 digits long and can be found on the “Electric Details” portion of your bill.

 The enrollment process for businesses includes these steps, as well as a few more due to nuances specific to businesses – namely the business type and monthly energy usage. These factors help suppliers determine if they have the capacity to service your business.

What happens when I switch?

Once you sign up for your new energy plan, your local utility will be notified of the change and begin your service from the alternative supplier at the beginning of your next billing cycle. Upon starting your energy supply service, your utility company will include this charge on your energy bill and continue to charge for the delivery service portion of your bill. Why? Because although your supplier may offer you a competitive rate for electricity supply, your utility is still in charge of the infrastructure that delivers energy to your home – such as power lines and energy meters.

The only thing you have to lose is expensive energy supply rates. Enter your ZIP code above to get started.

(Last updated 5/17/2018)

So our family just re-located from western MD where we had green power. Excited to find a supplier that is cheaper than our default supplier AND 100% green!

Tormod, Baltimore, MD

Choose Energy was very informative and helped me find a plan to save 15 percent on my energy bill.

George, Baltimore, MD

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