In response to Laurel Peltier’s recent commentary about third-party energy suppliers, the Retail Energy Supply Association believes she has the story all wrong (“BGE bill sky-high? Check for third-party energy suppliers overcharging you.” Feb. 9). RESA, the nation’s leading trade association representing competitive retail energy suppliers, finds Peltier’s article not only inaccurate but insulting.
Maryland consumers have enjoyed a choice in their energy suppliers since former Gov. Parris Glendening signed Maryland’s 1999 Electric Choice and Competition Act. This act allowed customers an alternative to purchasing energy for their home or business from a third-party retail supplier instead of a utility company. Today, nearly 20% of residential energy in Maryland is purchased through a third-party supplier.