What is a "competitive power supplier”?

A Competitive Power Supplier is a power supplier other than your Local Utility. Your electricity is currently being supplied by your Local Utility unless you have switched to a Competitive Supplier on your own. Your electric bill is divided into two parts: delivery and supply. The supply is no longer regulated and therefore can be provided by a Competitive Power Supplier. 

Delivery is still regulated and can only be provided by your Local Utility. Your Local Utility will continue to deliver your power supply over the wires. However, the power running through those wires can be provided by a Competitive Supplier.

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1. What is the difference between programs advertised to “lower your electric bill” and municipal aggregation?
2. What is the “community choice power supply program”?
3. Why have I received a consumer notification letter?
4. Why haven’t I receive a consumer notification letter?
5. How will this affect me?
6. What is a "competitive power supplier”?
7. What do I need to do to participate in the program?
8. Why have I not been enrolled, I thought it was automatic?
9. Can I participate in the program if I did not receive a consumer notification letter?
10. When will my enrollment take effect?
11. What if I do not want power from this supplier?
12. What if I decide I want to opt-out after the 30 day initial opt-out period?
13. What if I have already chosen a competitive supplier?
14. What if I am part of national grid’s smart energy solutions program?
15. What if I am on a budget plan or eligible low-income delivery rate?
16. What if I operate a business and have a "tax exempt" status, what do I need to do to maintain my status under this program?
17. What if I have solar panels on my residence or business?