Electrical Supplier Choice

Your electricity service and electric bill is made up of 3 parts, supply, transmission and distribution, all of which were solely provided by ComEd. In 1997, the Illinois Electric Service Customer Choice and Rate Relief Law restructured the state's electric service industry to allow a choice of electric suppliers. With electric choice, the electric supply service may now be provided by different companies known as Retail Electric Suppliers (RESs).

ComEd's Responsibilities
ComEd continues to purchase the electric supply for customers who have not chosen to receive their electric supply from a Retail Electric Supplier (RES). ComEd charges customers for the costs of purchasing electric supply, without any mark-up or profit, based on how much electricity a customer uses monthly; shown on the bill as "Electricity Supply Charge". No matter who you choose to supply your electricity, you will continue to call ComEd for outages, emergency services and questions about your residential service. The quality, reliability, and maintenance of your electric service will not change as it continues to be regulated by the Illinois Commerce Commission.

Why Switch to a Retail Electric Supplier
Over 178,000 residential customers have switched to a Retail Electric Supplier (RES), all of which must be certified by the ICC. By shopping for electric supply, you may be able to save money, find suppliers that use green/renewable energy resources, or get different types of services.

How to Switch RES
There is no deadline for choosing an electric supplier. The effective date of your supplier change depends on your next meter read date. If you return to the utility's electric supply service after having received service from a RES, you might have to stay on the utility's electric supply service for 12 months before you can select a RES again. If you decide to shop for electric suppliers think about what is most important to you, and be sure to ask plenty of questions.

Shopping for RES
Visit Plug In Illinois®, the Official Electric Choice Website of the Illinois Commerce Commission to learn more about electric competition in Illinois and to find out how to choose an electric supplier. Even if you are not interested in choosing a different supplier at the moment, you can learn more about your utility rate, find out what real-time electricity pricing is and learn about additional ways to conserve energy, regardless of who you choose as your electric supplier.