Key Issues in Illinois

The state Office of Retail Market Developmentā€™s 2012 Annual Report found that 70 alternative retail electricity suppliers (ARES) have obtained Illinois Commerce Commission certification, up from 54 suppliers the previous year. Forty ARES have obtained certification to serve residential and small commercial customers, which is up from 22 the year prior.

Of the 70 alternative electricity suppliers, 24 were actively selling electricity in the Ameren utility service territory as of December 2011, up from 17 as of December 2010, and 35 of those suppliers were actively selling electricity in the Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) service territory as of December 2011, compared to 24 as of December 2010.

The report found that 2011 marked the first time that more than 60% of the total electric usage of ComEd customers as well as the customers of all three Ameren Illinois rate zones has been provided by retail electric suppliers.

Another indicator of competitive activity is the steadily rising number of agents, brokers and consultants (ABCs) seeking licensure. The 211 licensed ABCs identified was an increase from 133 the year before.

Retail Energy in Your State

States have varying competitive energy landscapes with certain policies and practices that promote electricity competition at retail. Learn about retail energy in your state.

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