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Commonwealth Edison

Electric and natural gas utility in Illinois

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About Commonwealth Edison

Now owned by Exelon Corporation, based in Chicago, Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) began life as the Western Edison Company. The current name dates to 1907. With roughly 4 million customers across northern Illinois, including Chicago and Rockford, ComEd Illinois serves approximately 70% of the population of the state. ComEd is a utility company that provides electricity and natural gas.

What is deregulation?

Although it can sound confusing, “deregulation” just means that instead of having to buy your energy from your local utility company, you have the power to choose from a variety of retail suppliers. The Illinois energy market was first deregulated in 1997, which allowed private suppliers to enter the market. By 2008, customers across Illinois had a wide range of options. Because there are so many suppliers and rate plans from which to choose, you will need to carefully compare ComEd electric rates to those of other suppliers to make sure you choose the right plan for your family.

Deregulation is not the same thing as “no regulations.” All public utilities in Illinois are overseen by the Illinois Commerce Commission. If you have any issues with your supplier that can’t be resolved, you can contact the Commission for help.

What is Commonwealth Edison’s price to compare?

ComEd electric and natural gas is your default selection if you live in its service area and don’t choose a retail supplier. How do you know if your electricity supply rates are good? By paying attention to ComEd’s “price to compare.” For summer 2020, it’s 6.473 cents per kWh (kilowatt hour).

Enter your ZIP code above to see if you can beat ComEd electric prices by switching to a local supplier.

What is the difference between a utility and a supplier?

If you’re just starting to learn about deregulation, you may not know the difference between a utility and a supplier. A utility physically delivers your electricity and/or natural gas, and is responsible for the power lines and maintaining the infrastructure. Your plan and rate are facilitated by your supplier, which is a retail company that sells power. ComEd is a utility that also acts as a supplier for those who don’t select a retail supplier. Either way, if you live in Northern Illinois, ComEd is the right company to call to report outages.

Which suppliers are available in Commonwealth Edison’s service area?

If you live in Commonwealth Edison’s service area, popular suppliers include Direct Energy, Public Power, and Clearview Energy. You may have other options as well, depending on exactly where you live. Just enter your ZIP code above to see a complete list of retail suppliers in your area.

Contact Commonwealth Edison

To report outages, or for questions regarding your rates and bill if you choose to purchase energy from ComEd, here’s how to contact them:

  • To contact ComEd via their website, click here.
  • Report an outage: 1-800-EDISON-1
  • Customer service: 1-800-EDISON-1