When shopping for electricity companies in a deregulated electric utility area it can be confusing at first. Almost every one’s first questions is, “Doesn’t just one company own the poles and wires?” or something to that effect.
Although you are right in that one electric utility company owns the poles and wires there are multiple companies that contribute to you getting that electricity. For instance you have power generation companies, different power plants throughout the state, and newly deregulated retail electricity companies each with their own rate plans.
The reason the state of Maryland can break up the big energy utility companies is because increased customer choice in regards to electric service allows for rates to decrease in price.
The retail electricity companies in Maryland you can choose from are sometimes broken off of the old monopoly electric utility that owns your poles and wires. Often times these newly formed energy companies that were a part of the big electric utility are re-branded and given a completely new name.
The deregulation process then makes it illegal for the old monopoly electric utility to give any partiality treatment to the re-branded retail electric provider of a different name.
There are also quite a few new energy suppliers that enter the market from other states and other deregulated electric utility areas in the state of Maryland.
The below electric utility areas in Maryland all can come into each others territory under their newly formed retail electric provider brand and sell electric service. You can call these providers and actually sign up for new service with any one of them provided they still sell service in the area. Keep in mind providers come and go in new markets and some will sell commercial or residential electric service but not both.
- Allegheny Power
Active electricity companies in this area: Affiliated Power Purchasers, Allegheny Energy Supply, American PowerNet, API Ink, Avalon Energy Services, Clean Currents, Competitive Energy Services, Constellation NewEnergy, CQI Associates, Direct Energy Business, EGP Energy Solutions, Electric Advisors, Energy Services Management, EnergyWindow, FirstEnergy Solutions, GDF Suez Energy Resources, Glacial Energy of Maryland, Good Energy, Hess Corporation, Integrys Energy Services, Liberty Power Delaware, Long Distance Consultants, Pepco Energy Services, PPL EnergyPlus, Sempra Energy Solutions,Patriot Energy
Active electricity providers in this area: Allegheny Energy Supply, Castlebridge Energy Group, Commerce Energy, Consolidated Edison Solutions, Constellation NewEnergy, Direct Energy, Strategic Energy, Dominion Retail, Energy Plus Holdings, FirstEnergy Solutions, GDF Suez Energy, Glacial Energy of Maryland, Hess Corporation, Horizon Power & Light, Hudson Energy Services, Liberty Power, Linde Energy Services, MidAmerican Energy Company, Mxenergy Electric, NextEra Energy Services, Pepco Energy Services, PPL EnergyPlus, Sempra Energy Solutions, South Jersey Energy Company, Spark Energy, TFS Energy Solutions, Viridian Energy PA
Active electricity suppliers in this area: Avalon Energy Services, Competitive Energy Services-Maryland, Integrys Energy Services, NextEra Energy Services
Active electric companies in this area: American PowerNet, API Ink, Avalon Energy Services, Competitive Energy Services-Maryland, Consolidated Edison Solutions (Con Ed), Constellation NewEnergy, Direct Energy
Active energy suppliers in this area: American PowerNet, BlueStar Energy Services, Competitive Energy Services-Maryland, Consolidated Edison Solutions, Constellation NewEnergy, Direct Energy, Energy Plus Holdings, FirstEnergy Solutions, GDF Suez Energy Resources, Glacial Energy of Maryland, Hess Corporation, Horizon Power & Light, Integrys Energy Services, Liberty Power, Linde Energy Services, MidAmerican Energy Company, NextEra Energy Services, Pepco Energy Services, Sempra Energy Solutions, Viridian Energy PA
Active electricity companies in this deregulated electric utility area: Integrys Energy Services, NextEra Energy Services,
Within each of these territories new energy companies from out of state can come into these areas and also sell electric service and compete with some of the old well established brands that have been in the state for 100 years or more. You can look at the list above and see some of the alternate electric suppliers you may choose from in the different deregulated electric utility areas in Maryland.
Because the old monopoly electric utilities have to change the name of their retail electricity company they seem to be one of many new electric suppliers competing although they are really old hat at selling electric service in the state of Maryland.
Although the old brands are very familiar with selling electric service in the state you can generally compare and shop and find cheaper electricity prices from the competing energy suppliers in the area.