In the late '90s, Illinois decided to deregulate its energy market to allow consumers a choice in their supplier of electricity. More recently, since suppliers have recently been able to do their billing in conjunction with the utility, there are now many Retail Electric Suppliers (RES) providing less expensive and greener electricity alternatives for residents and businesses. Customers can still choose to receive their electric supply from the utility -- ComEd or Ameren -- or from one of these new alternative Illinois retail electric suppliers. Suppliers are often able to offer lower rates because they're able to buy electricity more frequently than the utility, and they can better estimate the amount to purchase because they have fewer customers than the much larger utilities.
If you're an Illinois resident, you've probably noticed that your electric bills are broken down into two main parts. One is supply (where your electricity originates) and the other is distribution (how it arrives to your home, via the physical power lines). When you "switch" your electricity through Power2Switch, you are simply replacing one supplier with another. Distribution will always be handled by the utility company, such as ComEd or Ameren, so there is never an interruption in service when you switch suppliers. It can be confusing to sort through all of the suppliers and plan options, and that's where we can really help. Power2Switch enables you to compare electricity providers, choose the best rate and plan for your situation, and easily make the switch through our site - all at no cost to you.