What is retail choice?

District residents and businesses have had the opportunity to choose their electricity and natural gas supplier for more than 20 years.
 

What is retail choice?

District residents and businesses have had the opportunity to choose their electricity and natural gas supplier for more than 20 years.
 
Retail choice allows energy customers — residential and commercial — to buy electricity and natural gas from a diverse group of retail energy suppliers authorized to sell energy in the District.
 
Energy customers can choose a retail energy supplier based on:
  • Alternative rates, either fixed, variable or non-volumetric
  • Renewable energy options
  • Sign-up bonuses, promotions and/or rewards (e.g., energy audits, airline miles)
Our goal is to help energy customers understand how to compare offers and choose the right energy option for their household. Even if you’re satisfied with your current rates, we encourage you to learn more about retail choice and the different offers available.
 
Questions?
Review our list of FAQs about switching energy suppliers or contact us directly.

Clean energy in the District.

The District’s climate change and clean energy plans, and the Clean Energy DC Act, set an aggressive goal of a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2032, carbon neutrality by 2050 and meeting the 100% Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard by 2032.
A reduction in GHG emissions by 2032 relative to 2006 levels
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A reduction in GHG emissions by 2050 relative to 2006 levels

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A reduction in District-wide energy use by 2032 relative to 2012 levels
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An increase in renewable energy use for the District’s supply by 2032

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This commitment demonstrates the District’s recognition of the growing threat of climate change, the scale of action needed to avoid significant impacts, and the advances in technology, markets and policy tools that are enabling cities to accelerate action.

Retail choice

The Public Service Commission works to ensure the District’s energy delivery systems remain safe, reliable and affordable while also becoming more sustainable, resilient and secure. The Commission’s Power Path DC program is helping modernize the District’s energy delivery system while linking to the District’s clean energy, climate and sustainability plans.

DC Power Connect serves as a gateway for District consumers to view and select clean and affordable energy options. This improves service to customers and helps the District reach its clean energy and climate goals.

 

Retail choice

The Public Service Commission works to ensure the District’s energy delivery systems remain safe, reliable and affordable while also becoming more sustainable, resilient and secure. The Commission’s Power Path DC program is helping modernize the District’s energy delivery system while linking to the District’s clean energy, climate and sustainability plans.

DC Power Connect serves as a gateway for District consumers to view and select clean and affordable energy options. This improves service to customers and helps the District reach its clean energy and climate goals.