Energy Deregulation:

Once dominated by regulated monopolies, the energy industry has undergone a radical shift during the past two decades. Since the 1990s, many retail electricity and natural gas markets in the U.S. have opened to competition.

In these markets, the sale of energy has been "unbundled" or separated from its delivery. As a result, customers can choose their energy supplier regardless of who manages the wire, pipes, and poles. This allows customers to benefit from more choice and seek out better prices.

Before deregulation, you received your supply of electricity from the local utility, which delivered it to you via the wires, pipes, and poles they operated and serviced. You pay one cost for the Supply and one for the Delivery. Now, thanks to deregulation, you could receive your supply at a lower rate.

JR Energy Solutions has built its business on understanding the opportunities and avoiding the pitfalls associated with the changing energy choices in the deregulated markets. We are prepared to help our customers exercise their power to choose a competitive energy supplier in the most intelligent and cost-effective way possible.

There once was a time in the United States when everyone had to deal with one utility company. That one utility provided the three components of your energy service: generation, transmission, and distribution. That utility also set the price for electricity and natural gas. You had no choice but to pay that price.

Starting in 1977, states began to change their regulations and deregulate or "unbundle" the utility services, allowing consumers to now "shop around" for the actual utility commodity (electricity or natural gas).

Energy deregulation is done on a state-by-state or "utility-by-utility" basis with some federal oversight and regulations administered by the Department of Energy and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”). Each state has very specific rules, and there are different energy markets in each state. For example, in states like Maryland or Illinois, you must sign up with the utility before seeking an alternative supplier, but in Texas, this is not the case.

If you are in a deregulated market, your organization can benefit from shopping for its energy supply in the open market. Shopping benefits you by creating competition among energy suppliers and offering a variety of product options and contract terms that can be customized to your unique requirements.

However, navigating these volatile energy markets and the plethora of available choices is far from a simple exercise. This is where JR Energy Solutions can benefit your organization. We are energy experts that can help you understand the options brought about by the competitive marketplace and work with you to develop a procurement strategy that reduces costs and minimizes risks for your organization. Although energy deregulation covers almost every state in the U.S. and many countries throughout the world, the opportunities vary from market to market. 

Your service stays the same; there is no interruption, no downtime, just a simple billing change.

You will continue to call your local utility. They are responsible for maintaining the lines, poles, and delivery infrastructure. Because you are with an alternate supplier, that doesn't mean your service quality will decrease. All responses and repairs will be made in the same timely fashion by the utility.

No, if in fact the supplier goes out of business you will not lose power, the utility is required to supply you power immediately eliminating any downtime.

There are two ways you could be billed. Dual billing and consolidated billing. Dual billing is when the utility company bills you for the transmission and delivery piece and the supplier bills you separately for the supply. Consolidated billing is when the utility bills you for everything and collects funds on behalf of the supplier for the supply.

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