What is the Energy Choice Program?


In a deregulated state, the customer is able to choose an Energy Supply Company he feels gives him the best price or benefits. He can select his own energy supplier rather than receiving his electricity and natural gas from the utility. This option is called the “Energy Choice Program.” It is a program that was put into place by the state government when utility companies raised their energy prices to a point deemed unfair to customers. The implementation of the Energy Choice Program created competition and so ended the utility monopolies.

Energy Choice Programs have various names, depending on the state, such as the “Power Your Way Program” in New York, the “Power to Choose Program” in Texas, or the “Electric Choice Program” in Connecticut.

In Energy Choice Programs, the local utility company still delivers the electricity and natural gas to the customer and handles delivery emergencies. Because utilities companies own and maintain the gas pipes and electric wires, a customer cannot change utility companies. The utility company stays the same, no matter which Energy Supply Company supplies the energy to the customer.