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Is My State Deregulated?

In order to save money by finding lower energy rates your home or business needs to be in a “deregulated state”.

But, how do you know if your state is deregulated? How do you know if your home or business qualifies for the energy choice program, and most importantly, how can you take advantage of it?

In this article, I categorize each state by its energy choices.

If you live in one of the states that have deregulated their energy market, be it for electricity, natural gas, or for both, taking advantage of your energy choices by finding lower energy rates is one of the best ways of reducing your monthly energy bills.

To start with. I want to quickly review what energy deregulation means.

If your state is “energy deregulated”, it means that your state government has passed laws that allow you to shop for lower energy rates and energy plans or agreements that best fit your home or business’ energy needs.

Meaning, you don’t have to buy your electricity from your local utility.

Think of it like shopping for a better cell phone plan – but for energy! Also read,

Having a choice over who supplies your energy, the rate you pay, and the plan you’re on gives you many benefits – one of the biggest ones being energy savings.

However, only select states deregulated their energy markets.

To helo you know if your home or business qualifies for the energy choice program, here are the energy choices you have depending on what state you live in.

Here is a short video created by an Energy Consulting Firm, Energy Professionals, that depicts which states have energy choice.

Map of Deregulated States (Energy Choice)

The below map shows each state that offers energy choice:

map of deregulated energy states
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States with Electric & Natural Gas Choice​

California *
Connecticut
Illinois
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan *
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Washington D.C.

States with Only Electric Choice

Delaware
Oregon *
Texas

States with Only Natural Gas Choice ​

Colorado
Florida
Georgia
Indiana
Iowa *
Kentucky
Montana
Nebraska
New Mexico
South Dakota
Virginia *
West Virginia
Wyoming

* These states have energy choices for electric, natural gas, or both, however, they have limitations, restrictions, and sometimes require an application. If you live in one of these states and want to take advantage of energy deregulation, please contact one of our professional Energy Consultant.

Written by
James Lightning
Editor