Electric Choice Basics

We encourage you to read Understanding the Utility's Electric Supply Price and the Frequently Asked Questions where the following is described in greater detail:

  • Ameren Illinois and ComEd do not make a profit on the sale of electricity. The utilities simply pass on the cost of purchasing electricity to its customers.
  • No matter who you choose to supply your electricity, you will continue to call Ameren Illinois or ComEd regarding any power outages or other service issues.
  • Since Ameren Illinois and ComEd simply pass on the cost of purchasing electricity to their customers, the utilities do not care if you switch to a different electric supplier. The utility will not treat you any differently from a customer that does not switch to a different electric supplier.
  • ComEd's "Price to Compare" is 7.596 cents per kWh effective June 2014 through September 2014.
  • Ameren Illinois' Price to Compare can be found here.
  • You may be able to save money by switching to a retail electric supplier. However, statements about savings are limited to Ameren Illinois' or ComEd's Prices to Compare through the end of September 2014. Both Ameren Illinois' and ComEd's rates for electric supply will change on October 1, 2014.
  • Ameren Illinois and ComEd customers also have the choice of Residential Real Time Pricing Programs which is a supply option in which customers pay electricity supply rates that vary by the hour. Hourly prices for the next day are set the night before and available to customers. While savings are not guaranteed, you can manage electricity costs by shifting your use of electricity to hours when prices are lower.
  • Understand that statements about percentage savings are referring to the electric supply portion of your Ameren Illinois or ComEd bill only and not the total bill. You will pay the same amount of delivery service charges whether or not you switch to a retail electric supplier .
  • Before you choose a retail electric supplier, be sure to find out about any early termination fees that may apply.
  • Switching is easy. No one will come to your home to flip a switch and there will be no disruption of service.