BALTIMORE — Shoppers know to get the best deals by comparing prices online, and now you can do the same with your electricity supplier.
The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) rolled out a new site that helps utility customers compare suppliers' rates, which ones offer renewable energy, and if there are any monthly or cancellation fees.
Consumers can visit MDElectricChoice.com, enter their monthly electricity usage (this is listed on your BGE bill), and view a list of suppliers starting with the lowest price.
The new website also provides information on customers’ rights, details on understanding utility bills, frequently asked questions, a list of all licensed suppliers including their PSC-issued license numbers, contact information for suppliers and utilities, links to the PSC’s online complaint portal, a link to share the site with family and friends, and more. A companion site for natural gas shoppers will be launched in the next few months.
In addition to the new website, the PSC has stepped up enforcement on third-party suppliers signing up customers without their knowledge, also known as slamming. WMAR-2 News Mallory Sofastaii reported on these new efforts last month, and let you know what to look for before signing a contract.
Before signing a contract, WMAR-2 News Mallory Sofastaii breaks down what you need to know about third-party energy suppliers: