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What Do March Madness and Competitive Energy Markets Have in Common? Cheering Fans!

March 22, 2012

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Consumers in the ‘Sweet Sixteen’ of States and Washington, D.C. have teams of suppliers competing for their electric and natural gas business. As consumers across the United States cheer on their favorite college basketball teams and enjoy the annual March Madness of the NCAA Tournament, millions of consumers cheer on competitive electric and natural gas suppliers offering lower cost options, innovative product offerings, and unique affinity programs.

“From the Big East to the ACC, from the Big 10 to the Big 12 – passionate basketball fans may also be passionate about their right to choose their electricity and natural gas supplier,” said David Fein, President of the Retail Energy Supply Association. “Whether you are a fan of Lehigh, Ohio State, Syracuse, Loyola or Harvard, you are cheering for a team in a state with competitive electric and gas markets where shopping for electricity and natural gas service has become as easy as filling out your brackets. It may take some time and research to pick your teams, just as it may take some time and research to pick an electric or natural gas supplier, but once you make your decision, making the switch is almost as easy as turning on your TV to watch the games.”

In Pennsylvania, more than 1.6 million consumers are exercising their right to shop around for the best deal to meet their electric and gas needs in 2012. In Illinois, hundreds of thousands of residential consumers are taking service from a competitive supplier, and even more are expected to reap the benefits of the competitive market as many municipalities enact government aggregation programs for competitive electric service. In Michigan, California and Long Island, New York, businesses that do not have access to competitive electric supply are asking for greater access and more competition.

“In many states, interested customers can simply visit their local public utility commission website to find competitive offers in their utility service area, compare products, prices and terms, and request to switch to the supplier and product of their choosing,” says Fein. “It’s all about being able to take control of your energy needs and selecting a supplier of your choosing. As more consumers enjoy the benefits of competition, and as the markets continue to develop, suppliers will create a greater variety of products and services. We encourage all consumers, especially residential and small commercial consumers, to explore their competitive electric and natural gas options.”

To learn more about electricity and natural gas shopping in your state, visit your local public utility commission website or visit www.RESAUSA.org and click on the consumer corner.

About RESA

RESA’s members include: Champion Energy Services, LLC; ConEdison Solutions; Constellation NewEnergy, Inc.; Direct Energy Services, LLC; Energetix, Inc.; Energy Plus Holdings LLC; Exelon Energy Company; GDF SUEZ Energy Resources NA, Inc.; Green Mountain Energy Company; Hess Corporation; Integrys Energy Services, Inc.; Just Energy; Liberty Power; MC Squared Energy Services, LLC; Mint Energy, LLC; NextEra Energy Services; Noble Americas Energy Solutions LLC; PPL EnergyPlus, LLC; Reliant; TransCanada Power Marketing Ltd. and TriEagle Energy, L.P.. The comments expressed in this document represent the position of RESA as an organization but may not represent the views of any particular member of RESA. For more information on RESA, visit www.RESAUSA.org.

SOURCE Retail Energy Supply Association (RESA)

Source: PR Newswire