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Maryland Energy Deregulation

The Maryland General Assembly deregulated the state’s energy market in 1999 with the passing of the Electric Customer Choice and Competition Act of 1999. Maryland has historically had some of the highest electricity rates in the country and deregulation gives the power and the choice when purchasing an energy plan back to the consumer.

Maryland Business Energy Rates

Electricity rates in Maryland have consistently ranked among the most expensive for the past 10 years. In 2017, the average commercial rate in Maryland was 10.75¢ and the average residential rate was 13.96¢.

Historical Business Electricity Rates

What is the Maryland Public Service Commision?

The Maryland Public Service Commision, known as PSC, is an independent administrative agency within the state government which regulates public utilities. In other states, this agency is usually called a Public Utility Commission.

The PSC affects every household and business in Maryland. The PSC regulates providers of all types of utility services, including electric and natural gas companies, local and long-distance telephone companies, water and wastewater companies, and rail and trucking companies. The PSC was created to assure Maryland residents receive adequate, safe, and reliable public utility services – at a fair price.

What is the difference between a Utility and an Energy Provider?

Utilities are the entities in charge of the operation and maintenance of the energy infrastructure, like wires and towers. The local utilities in Maryland are BGE, Pepco, Delmarva, Potamac Edison, Choptank, and SMECO. Each utility is responsible for transporting electricity from the generators to residential homes and businesses in their specific region of Maryland.

Energy providers in Maryland, including AEP, Constellation, and Direct Energy are the competitive energy providers. Each energy provider buys energy from the wholesale market (the generators) and then re-sells it to consumers (homeowners, renters, and businesses).

In most cases, the energy consumer – the homeowner, renter, or business – signs a contract with an energy provider for a specific energy plan. The basic energy plan details the rate class, the energy rate per kWh, the contract term length (6, 12, 24, 36 months), and other contract terms like the cancellation fee policy.

Maryland Small Business - Profile

Maryland is home to over 581,712 small businesses in a wide variety of industries and categories. Small businesses also make up 99.5% of the total businesses in Maryland with the remaining .5% being large or enterprise level companies.

As of the latest SUSB census, Maryland small businesses employed over 1 million people representing  50.2% of the total employees in Maryland.

Key Statistics

  • 581,712 Small Businesses

  • 1.1 million small business employees – 50.2% of the total workforce

  • 581,712 Small Businesses

Top Industries

  • Health Care and Social Assistance

  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services

  • Accommodation and Food Service

  • Construction

Maryland Energy FAQ

Energy choice, also known as energy market deregulation, allows Maryland business owners and decision makers to choose a specific energy supplier and energy rate for their respective business.

EnergyBot is an online marketplace that helps businesses quickly and easily compare energy suppliers, plans, and rates in their area. With the simple goal to help businesses switch to the best energy for their business, EnergyBot cuts out the middleman – energy consultants and energy brokers, and enables businesses to switch online. EnergyBot also eliminates the fees and sales commissions that businesses may pay when using a traditional energy broker.

In Maryland, energy brokers may advertise promotional rates and offer their services free of charge – which is not exactly the truth. Most energy brokers “bake in their commissions and fees” into the energy rate (per kWh) that businesses will pay – which means that a business may pay a higher rate than necessary when using a broker. EnergyBot rates are simple and transparent and published on our site every day for businesses to review and compare.

The goal of energy market deregulation was to create competition among energy suppliers so that they would be more efficient and ultimately offer lower, more competitive rates, to consumers. Unfortunately, most businesses and residential consumers have found that comparing energy plans is overly complicated and confusing.

EnergyBot makes energy simple. With a fast and transparent online experience, businesses can now compare plans and select an energy rate in just a few minutes. With basic information about your business and energy usage, EnergyBot will quickly compare current rates from top energy suppliers and provide a list of recommended plans for your business. Switching to a new energy plan is now as easy as booking a flight online.

EnergyBot makes it easy to switch energy providers. Simply visit our website, compare and select energy plans in your area, submit the necessary business information, and then upload your most recent energy bill. The EnergyBot team will seamlessly work with your new supplier to make the switch to the new energy plan. And the energy service to your business will continue without interruption.

You will pay your electricity bill directly to your local utility company. EnergyBot will never send you a bill.

How EnergyBot Works For You

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What is EnergyBot?

EnergyBot is a simple and transparent energy marketplace that enables businesses to shop and buy an energy plan for their business - entirely online.

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Switching plans?

EnergyBot enables business owners and/or managers to quickly and easily compare energy plans and then select the best supplier, plan, and rate for your business.

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The EnergyBot rate?

EnergyBot cuts out the middleman (aka the energy brokers and consultants) enabling us to offer lower energy rates. The EnergyBot rate is guaranteed to be the lowest rate that you can find online.*