In many states, legislatures and public utility commissions have opened competition for electricity and natural gas supply. These measures allow you, the consumer of energy, to choose a supplier. Meanwhile, the delivery of the energy is still regulated and remains the responsibility of the local utility company.
Before deregulation, your local utility company provided all parts of your energy service (generation, transmission and distribution). With competition, these parts are separated onto different companies.
- Generation is the production of energy through power plants using either nuclear, fossil fuel (oil, coal, or natural gas) or renewable (hydro, wind, solar, biomass) generation technology. This component is not regulated by the public utility commissions. Northeast Energy Partners can help you with this component. Because of competition, we can get you lower prices, offer you renewable energy options, and provide you with customer service benefits you are not currently receiving.
- Transmission and distribution is the actual delivery of electricity across poles and wires and natural gas through pipelines to your business. These services are provided to you by your local utility company, which is responsible for maintaining the poles and wires, or pipelines, and responding to emergencies and power outages. The public utility commission continues to regulate transmission and distribution to ensure the safety and reliability of your services.