The Switching Process
Switching is simple
Deregulation offers more options. Once you've decided which company and
offer is right for you, switching is simple. Just contact the Retail
Electric Provider you’ve chosen and tell them you'd like to switch, or sign
up on their web site.
They’ll send you a “Terms of Service” agreement, which is your new service
contract. Review it carefully because after you receive it you'll only have
three business days to cancel without penalty, if your Terms of Service
provides for a penalty. You will also receive a postcard in the mail telling
you that the switch request has been received and processed and will tell
you how to cancel the switch.
When will my switch occur?
Your new electric service plan won’t take effect until your next scheduled
meter read, which could take up to two billing cycles. You can ask for your
meter to be read earlier, which will allow your new provider to start
serving you sooner, but your provider will most likely charge you an early
meter reading fee. Check with your provider to see how much this fee will
Rest easy – switching providers will not interrupt your electricity service.
All that changes with deregulation is the company that sells you power, not
the company that maintains the poles and wires that deliver electricity to
your home or business. The reliability of your service will not be affected
by your choice of provider, and if a power outage occurs for any reason,
your service will still be restored just as before regardless of which
company you’re with after deregulation.