• How to Choose

  • District of Columbia Energy Choice

  • Step 1.  View the Electricity Supplier List

    View a list of generation and transmission suppliers approved by the Public Service Commission (PSC).

    When you call them, be sure to ask them the following questions:

    • What is my exact price per kilowatt-hour for electricity?
    • Are there any other fees I will be charged that are not included in this price?
    • What are the terms and conditions of the agreement?
    • What information do I have to provide for you to enroll me?
    • What are the cancellation terms?
    • Are there fees if I cancel my agreement before it is up?
    • What is the length of the agreement, and what happens once it is over?
    • Are there restrictions on the amount of electricity I can use? If so, what are they and when am I restricted?
    • How is the electricity generated (from what sources)?
    • What is the environmental impact of the electricity you generate?

    Step 2.  Compare Prices

    The PSC requires Pepco, and every Electric Distribution Company (EDC) to clearly identify what its price is for generation and transmission services. This is known as a "Price To Compare" (PTC). Compare Pepco's PTC with the prices of other suppliers and select the best value.

    Step 3.  Calculate Your Savings

    To calculate your potential l savings, determine the difference between Pepco's "Price To Compare" and the price of other Electric Generation Suppliers participating in the Customer Choice Program simply by subtracting one from the other. If the supplier's price is less than the "Price To Compare", you'll save money. Multiply that difference by your average monthly kilowatt-hour (kWh) usage to determine your average monthly savings. Multiply your average monthly savings by twelve (12) to determine your annual savings.

    Step 4.  Consider Environmental Factors

    You may be able to buy cleaner power and possibly help protect the environment. By law, all electricity suppliers must tell you how they generate their electricity (nuclear, natural gas, oil, solar, etc.), what types of air emissions they produce and their energy efficiency.

    Step 5.  Make Your Choice

    If you choose a new supplier, making the change is easy. Return the signed, completed agreement to the supplier you have selected. It is then up to your new supplier and Pepco to make the switch. If you have completed your assessment and have decided to stay with Pepco as your Electric Generation Supplier, then your work is done. You need not complete or return the enrollment form.

    For additional guidance please refer to the PSC Calculator and Rate Comparison information.