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Energy Choice DC

Energy Choice DC

Learning about energy purchasing in the District

Energy Choice DC is an outreach initiative organized by DOEE that educates residents and businesses about their ability to bundle their collective electricity demand for the opportunity to secure a more affordable, reliable, and sustainable electricity option.

How does it work?

Residents and businesses that pay directly for their electricity (ratepayers) can use Energy Choice DC to learn more about their purchasing options and the companies that provide electricity aggregation services in the District. Ratepayers connect with a broker who will collect necessary information from them and use that information to seek competitive pricing on electricity, including options for conventional electricity and electricity generated from renewable sources. The broker then presents the negotiated rate to ratepayers, who sign a contract with the selected third-party supplier, for a term of one to three years, and pay a monthly electricity bill based on a consistent rate during that period.

Why should you participate?

By signing up to purchase energy alongside other users, you can help the environment and yourself by:

  • Making an impact by lowering your impact. Energy Choice DC empowers you to purchase clean energy that isn’t contributing to climate change.
  • Breathing easier. Opting for clean energy will help reduce air pollution generated in our region, helping protect you and your loved ones.
  • Locking in your energy price for the next two years. Participating in aggregation means you can pay the same rate each month with no surprises.
  • Using a new source, same service. Even if you select a new supplier, your electricity supply is delivered through the same power lines you use now. Your service continues uninterrupted.

Have questions? Check out our Guide! (also attached below)

What do you need to do?

  1. Start by reviewing your electricity bill in detail, including your monthly rate and consumption.
  1. Next, review the list of Public Service Commission-approved aggregators below to determine if there are aggregators who will serve your needs. If you already know of others who are interested in buying energy together, you may be able to contact a PSC-approved broker directly.
  1. Reach out to one of the PSC-approved brokers who will seek competitive pricing on electricity, including options for conventional electricity and electricity generated from renewable sources. The broker will present you with a negotiated electricity rate that could be lower than comparable rates.
  1. If you choose this option, you will then sign a contract with the selected supplier, typically for either a one-, two-, or three-year term, and pay an electricity bill based on a consistent rate during that period.

Other energy options in the District

If you live in the District, you have multiple options for reducing your energy costs and usage. You can:

Connecting with a broker is easy! All you have to do is review the list of Public Service Commission-approved brokers and connect with one that interests you!

* This list is maintained by the Public Service Commission and was last updated April 8, 2016. Please see the application to be placed on this list.

Date

Ward

Details

Sat, August 6
9 am- 1 pm

1

Mt. Pleasant Farmer’s Market
3258 Mt Pleasant St NW

Fri, August 12
11:30 am-2:30 pm

2

Annual Sustainability Fair
2401 M St NW

Sat, August 13
10 am-3 pm

8

Ward 8 Farmer’s Market
Martin Luther King Elementary School

3200 6th Street SE

Sun, August 14
9 am -1 pm

3

Palisades Farmer’s Market
Intersection of 48th Place NW & McArthur Blvd. NW

Wed, August 17
2 pm – 6 pm

7

Minnesota Avenue Farmer’s Market
3924 Minnesota Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20019

Sat, September 24
9 am – 5 pm

6

Barracks Row Festival
8th St, SE between Pennsylvania Avenue & M St, SE

 

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