To be licensed, a competitive service provider (CSP) must demonstrate to the State Corporation Commission that it has the technical and financial capability of providing service to Virginia consumers, and demonstrate that it has access to electricity supply. An aggregator works like a buying club by pooling together larger numbers of customers and then purchasing energy from a CSP on behalf of the whole group. A license may cover the whole state or only the specific service territory of a local distribution company (LDC).
There are two steps a CSP or aggregator must take in order to make competitive offers.
- Obtain a license from the SCC. Those that have been licensed are listed on the charts below.
- Register with the LDC that delivers electricity in the area where competitive offers may be available. Registration ensures that the process of switching suppliers goes smoothly.
Only those CSPs and aggregators who have completed both steps are ready to make offers. Each CSP and aggregator decides to which consumers it will market and when to begin such marketing.
Key to abbreviations:
LDC Service Territories
AEP-VA = AEP VirginiaAP = Allegheny PowerCON = ConectivDVP = Dominion Virginia Power (northern Virginia only)REC = Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (pilot program only)
R = ResidentialC = CommercialI = Industrial
For comparison pricing information, the following resource may be helpful to consumers. The SCC neither endorses nor accepts responsibility for the content or the accuracy of the information provided.
Wattage Monitor or call 1-888-WATTAGE
For additional information, please call Virginia Energy Choice toll-free at 1-877-YES2004, e-mail Virginia Energy Choice, or write Virginia Energy Choice c/o State Corporation Commission, P.O. Box 1197, Richmond, Virginia 23218.