From the Forum – Anyone know how to get the best electricity and gas rates in DC?


Anyone know how to get the best electricity and gas rates in DC?

“My DC rowhouse house is powered by Washington Gas and PEPCO electric. Last month some guy came to the house from PEPCO (I think) saying I should call the number on my bill and ask about getting wholesale rates for my power? Said he was from the company, and they want people to be happy, so they were sending people around to educate the public on how they could get Lower rates? It sounded weird, since they could just lower our rates if they really wanted. I also get the monthly letters from WGES telling me they can undercut PEPCO, even though PEPCO would still supply my electricity? I can lock in some rates or something?

There seem to be a lot of options, and then discounts that can be had if you call and ask for them. Has anyone figured out how to get the best energy rates for residential?”

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    all renewable energy and only runs about 5% more that your run of the mill pepco costs in DC.

  • WGES has been a good route for me. It dropped my monthly bill by about 25%

  • ah

    It’s not a scam at least. You are able to choose a different electricity generator, even though Pepco delivers the electricity itself. Same for gas from Washington Gas or another supplier.

    I have used WGES for gas the last several years and I believe I have saved some money (not 25% though). Their flexible rates are generally a bit lower than Washington Gas. You can also lock in a price on gas for 1 or 2 years, although I found the premium was not worth it (about 10% over current rates).

    While it seems odd for Pepco to promote its competitors, first off I believe they have to do so in order to promote competition – there may even be incentives for less regulation if more customers use alternative suppliers. That’s why you get inserts about energy competition in your Pepco and WashGas bills. Second, one of the “competitors” is actually an unregulated subsidiary/affiliate of Pepco (and WGES is affiliated with Washington Gas) so if you switch to them it’s really money going into the same ultimate pocket.

  • I’ve been with Clean Currents as my wind energy supplier (via Pepco) for more than 2 years now. It only costs a little bit more than the energy source for regular Pepco billings, but I think it’s worth it. My current rate is $0.0994/kWh on a 1 year contract.

  • steer clear of Starion. They trolled our building a while back and got most of my neighbors to sign up for 8.9 cents per KwH for three months, which was fine. After that, rates went fluctuating and we had bills 150% more than the year before. Trying to extract Starion as your “supplier” is about as awful as you would expect. If you’d like to learn more about all the exciting opportunities brought to you by deregulation, i’d suggest attending the public hearing on energy suppliers.

  • Just go to DC’s Public Service Commission webpage for electric service rates and data here:

    and then click “May 2013 Sample Monthly Electric Billing Comparison*”

    That gives you an overview of sample rates offered by electric suppliers other than PEPCO. If you find a supplier you want to check out further, go to or just Google them to find their website. You can often sign up for a new supplier right on the supplier’s website.

    • Thanks, very informative.

      What’s up with Veridian? What does “1 month” and “1 year” mean when looking at the May 2013 report?

      • The time frame is usually the contract you sign with the provider. So if it says 1 month, you’re on a month to month contract. If it says 6 months, you have a 6 month contract, and you can’t change providers for 6 months. 2 years and you can’t change for 2 years.

        Also note that for all of these Pepco remains your distribution service provider, so you still do have to deal with them for that.

        Same for Washington Gas for your gas distribution on the gas side.

        • So if it’s month-to-month, does that mean the kwh charged to you can change wildly each month, like a variable interest rate? And if it’s a one year contract, does it mean you get that same kwH charge each month of the contract?

  • Like other have mentioned, please make sure you pay attention to the contract that comes along with the third party supplier. Some will lock you in at a low rate, and then automatically renew you at a much higher rate and make it very difficult to switch out. I think you can end up saving a bit (although typically not much) just pay attention to the small print. It’s a good option if you are interested in supporting renewable energy.

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