How To Compare Connecticut Electric Suppliers’ Prices

January 9, 2013
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With lower electric generation rates from CL&P and UI going into effect Jan. 1, it is vital that you compare prices for electricity in Connecticut before signing up with a supplier.

The easiest way to do that is to check the following Internet site: ctenergyinfo.com/view_rates.htm?electricity_rates_id=1wvbdgfp

The site provides easy comparisons between what the two main utilities charge and what the other suppliers charge.

According to today’s data there are only four suppliers that offer slightly cheaper prices than CL&P and UI.

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10 Responses to How To Compare Connecticut Electric Suppliers’ Prices

  1. kathleen cairns on January 9, 2013 at 11:24 am

    This is a fantastic internet site! I will post this on my facebook page and credit ctwatchdog.com!
    Thank you Watchdog!

  2. Robert Brien on January 9, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    While it’s always best to compare rates, each supplier’s rates do not vary much from each other (results are minimal savings from $0.50 cents to $7.00 monthly–or $50-$100/yr –for an average family).

    Indeed, 50% of end-users favor CL&P/UI, and 50% favor other suppliers.

    Be mindful of the finer details, also. Some suppliers end their current rate at 3 months and 6 months (notably CL&P in June, the start of the summer peak season when rates increase, although marginally). Others charge exiting fees, or don’t allow new customers at the discount rate (again, ex. CL&P, see rate #5).

    It is disingenuous that the website noted above (a STATE-run college program) is in bed with both CL&P and UI, monopoly holders in delivery and who don’t service all areas of the state. This is untoward and unethical.

    Indeed, the CL&P rate is locked-in or “frozen” in the list as THE ONE to compare against (always “on top” for the viewers “assistance”), even when suppliers are placed in alphabetical order.

    While the list is “convenient,” be especially wary of who the favorites are.

  3. Tom L on January 9, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    I wish this was available for propane gas prices from dealers in CT!!! Then we wouldnt have to play that little game with them every time you need a re-fill of your tank(s).

  4. Jim on January 9, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    While this is all well and good, be aware that the least expensive suppliers right now probably won’t be in a couple of months, 6 months, or a year. I have switched to a cheaper supplier a few times in recent years, only to be paying a higher than average rate shortly thereafter. Sometimes my rate is lower than average, sometimes higher. It seems to all average out to about the same cost long-term.

  5. Steve B on January 10, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Our home has been with Dominion Energy for two years now. The rates we have been paying them does NOT correspond to the rates available on the website you mention, although we did pay less than CL&P’s price, by a half a cent, after the taxes not included in the advertised rates. We just got a letter from Dominion saying our annual adjusting rate is switching to a monthly variable rate – unless we cancel our service with them. I’m thinking of going back to CL&P. Deregulation was a big mistake. And now we have ISO New England sucking more millions out of us for what reason???

  6. Jim on January 16, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    I have been with Dominion for a couple of years and found that when time for renewals came along, they did not always notify me of their better offers. More importantly, recently my fixed term contract ran out, so they switched me to a variable and increased the rate 50% to 0.1199 / kwh and that cost me an extra $84. This was in December when there should not be a spike in variable rates.
    I called PURA and got a long lecture but absolutely no help. Apparently, one of these alternate suppliers could change $100 per Kwh and there is no consumer protection against that.

    George, do you know if the consumer protection agency would help?

    • George Gombossy on January 16, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      Jim
      Unfortunately its the state public utilities agency that nominally regulates these suppliers.

  7. Neil on December 21, 2014 at 11:43 am

    ctenergyinfo.com/view_rates.htm?electricity_rates_id=1wvbdgfp. Your site reference does NOT work!

    I also am with DOMINION who sold out to NRG and cannot find NRG in the CT supplier reference page. It is getting harder and harder to click & find suppliers and rates instantly without wadding through all the CT crap on their information page. Seems like they really don’t want you to know whats going on at all. What Gives?

    • Joanne on January 1, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      I agree with you, Neil. I too was switched from Dominion to NRG, and also could not even find NRG on the supplier website page. Why do they pretend to offer help yet info is incomplete or deceptive? It only further generates a distrust in CL&P.

    • Sue in Southbury, CT on January 3, 2015 at 3:36 pm

      I also am with DOMINION who sold out to NRG. I signed up with Dominion on Jan 11, 2014 and it did not go into effect until March 17, 2014. When I signed up my rate was .0779 fixed and I thought for sure one year, which should bring me to March 2015. I get this letter from NRG that my rate is going up effective Jan. 2015 bill and that will be @ the rate of .12 per kwh and it will be a monthly variable. I did tell this person that I was talking to that I did not see their rate/name on the comparison chart and she did say a name and I forgot to right it down but there is nothing for .12 as a variable monthly that I saw. I will be calling Dominion on Monday (even thought they are only into gas right now) and ask them to pull from their archives the recording agreement that we had, as I have no GD letter to find out one way or the other it was a 12 month plan or not. The I’m calling SunWave Gas and Power (855)478-6928 and sign up for a fixed 23 months at 9.802 but of course get the cancellation fee first. That goes into affect 2/1 and CL&P seems to drag their feet and it takes 2 months billing cycle for it to finally take affect. Anyone reading this, two things did you also sign uu with Dominion and was it for a year fixed and also do you feel that signing up with sunwave could be the way to go?

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