Electric choice essentially divides your electricity service into two segments: electricity delivery and electricity generation. Since 2000, Connecticut consumers have been able to shop for their electricity generation supplier. Consumers and businesses can choose between remaining on utility standard service rates and shopping for a more competitive rate from an electricity supplier.
In response to negative consumer experiences with variable rate electricity plans, Connecticut took bold action in 2015 by passing a law banning these types of pricing plans. All plans offered by electric suppliers must guarantee a fixed rate for at least four complete billing cycles.
This still leaves Connecticut consumers the ability to choose from a number of competitive electric suppliers offering a variety of fixed price terms and value-added products and services. For example, consumers can choose to purchase electricity from renewable resources or conserve energy by selecting a plan that includes a smart thermostat.
Electric Utilities in Connecticut
Consumers served by investor-owned utilities have the freedom to shop for their for electricity rates. These utilities include:
- Eversource (formerly CL&P)
- United Illuminating Company (UI)
Eversource and UI are still responsible for the safe and reliable delivery of electricity to your home or business. Their level of service does not depend on whether you stay on their standard supply rate or switch to a competitive electric supplier. The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority continues to regulate Eversource and UI.