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In response to “How ComEd’s rate design benefits suburbs over the city”

Written by Michael Vrtis, President of Realgy Energy Services in response to Crain’s article “How ComEd’s rate design benefits suburbs over the city

ComEd is one member of a larger group of utilities called PJM. Each utility that makes up the power pool of PJM sets how its own method of collecting the costs of running the power plants and transmission lines. This makes the PJM pool a low-cost producer with great reliability.

PJM has notified its members (who voted for it years ago) about his change.

ComEd can allocate capacity costs in any manner it wishes; however, ComEd chooses not to change its collection approach which has stayed the same for more than 20 years.

ComEd doesn’t need smart meters to make this change, it needs smarter policy.

Allocating capacity based on aggregate demand of the load center serving a municipality is possible as well as more equitable than the broad and out-dated policy of ComEd.

Realgy already operates under PJM capacity allocation rules and we will continue to be the residential and business choice where energy is all about price, information, and service.

Check out  Crain’s article: “How ComEd’s rate design benefits suburbs over the city


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In response to “ComEd rates are set to surge”

Written by Michael Vrtis, President of Realgy Energy Services in response to the Crain’s article “ComEd rates are set to surge

The headline is clear, the timing is a year away…so what to do?

Short-term power planning normally means a 10 year span because power infrastructure (such as pipelines, power plants, distribution lines, etc) have useful lives of 25 years.

So, while the talk about a year-to-year rate hike is not unique, it is certainly unnecessary.

This is the result of Illinois legislators giving ComEd approval for expenditures (which result in rate or cost increases) that the regulators (think of them as the technical advisors) can’t review, modify, or reject. The result is political involvement and rate shock.

Perhaps the 23% rate increase will provide benefit; that is usually how the regulators hold the utility accountable. However, when the politicians approved this increase, guess who will, in turn, hold the utility accountable? That’s right, not a soul.

What to do? Sign up with Realgy Energy Services. Realgy has delivered costs below ComEd for over 5 years. We will continue to provide a fixed price that will reduce this unnecessary rate shock.

Check out Realgy Energy Services ComEd rates for May 2013 and see how much you could be saving Or Call one of our Energy Brokers today 877-300-6747.

Read the whole Crain’s article: “ComEd rates are set to surge


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