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In states with a deregulated energy market, electric providers compete to provide you electricity, which can give you multiple benefits. Competition can lead to lower energy rates and special promotions. With deregulation, you may get to choose which electric company and plan you want depending on where you live.

As you look for a power company to service your home, you may want to consider:

  • Price per kilowatt hour
  • Type of rate (fixed or variable)
  • Length of available plans
  • Early termination fees
  • Reputation of energy provider
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Which states have deregulated electricity?

States that have elecricity deregulation

What residents in deregulated markets should know

Even in a deregulated electricity market, a local utility still handles how electricity is transmitted and distributed, and no one can choose their local utility. The utility company transmits your chosen electricity, maintains and repairs the power grid and usually bills for electricity usage and transmission.

In some states, utilities can also generate and sell electricity, but you aren’t forced to buy the electricity from the utility. You may choose to buy electric service from either the utility or available providers.

Before signing up for electricity service, we recommend checking the local utility’s electricity supply rate by checking their rates online or contacting them directly.

To make sure you’re getting the best deal, enter your ZIP code above to access a list of local utility companies provided by Choose Energy and Save On Energy.

Don’t see your state listed?

The states above all have electricity deregulation. Some states have partial deregulation, though.

Most states have regulated electric markets which means a single utility handles the entire process of generating or buying electricity, storing it and then delivering it to customers like you. If you live in a state with a regulated electric market, you do not get to choose an electric provider.

While you can’t choose an electric provider in a regulated market, you can still save on other home services with Allconnect®. Call us at to shop for internet and TV deals.

Average electric rates by state

Average state electricity rates and rankings, Q3 2018

State Rate (cents/kWh) Rank State Rate (cents/kWh) Rank
Alabama 12.38 28 Montana 11.67 16
Alaska 22.98 49  Nebraska  12.07 20 
Arizona  12.91 31  Nevada  11.47 14 
Arkansas  10.00  New Hampshire  19.31 44 
California  19.96  46  New Jersey  15.43  39 
Colorado  12.57 29 New Mexico  13.39 33
Connecticut  21.34 48  New York  19.23 43
Delaware  12.23 23 North Carolina  11.50 15 
Florida  11.29 11  North Dakota  11.99  18
Georgia  12.30 25 Ohio  12.30 26 
Hawaii  32.70  50  Oklahoma  10.63 6
Idaho  10.45 Oregon  11.19 10 
Illinois  12.08 21 Pennsylvania  13.87 35
Indiana  12.21  22 Rhode Island  19.53 45 
Iowa  14.17 36  South Carolina  11.85 17
Kansas  13.46 34 South Dakota  12.62 30
Kentucky  10.50 5 Tennessee  10.70 7
Louisiana  9.54 Texas  11.42 13
Maine  16.20  41 Utah  10.89 8
Maryland  13.27 32 Vermont  17.91 42 
Massachusetts  21.16 47 Virginia  12.26 24
Michigan  15.64 40 Washington  9.80
Minnesota  14.23 37  West Virginia  11.36 12 
Mississippi  10.94 9 Wisconsin  14.48 38 
Missouri  12.35 27  Wyoming  12.02 19

Powered by Choose Energy and Save on Energy. Last updated 11/30/2018.

Electricity rates are subject to change based on region, market factors and electric providers. If you live in a state with a deregulated market, we can help you compare electric rates and providers in your area.

Enter your ZIP code above to find rates and providers near you.

About power companies in Texas

Around 85% of Texas residents live in deregulated regions, and they must choose their electricity provider. Exceptions include Austin and San Antonio.

If you are a resident in a deregulated part of Texas, instead of signing up for power with a utility company, you can get electricity from companies known as Retail Electric Providers.

Who are major electricity providers in Texas?

Some major electricity providers in Texas include:

  • Bounce Energy
  • Direct Energy
  • Just Energy
  • NRG
  • TriEagle Energy
  • TXU Energy

Retail Electric Providers in Texas do not actually generate electricity. Instead, they purchase electricity from power generators and sell electricity to consumers. Texas is home to more than 40 electricity providers, and some specialize in selling electricity they purchase from renewable energy generators.

Allconnect can help you shop for the best electricity rates from providers in your area. Enter your ZIP code above to see a list of local Retail Electric Providers provided by Choose Energy and Save On Energy.

Common electricity service questions

No, switching electricity providers should not interrupt your electricity service at home.

Depending on your current power company’s terms, it can cost you money if you switch before the end of your electricity plan contract.

If you live in a regulated state, your local utility determines who generates your electricity and controls your electricity transmission and distribution. You can usually find your utility company by visiting your city government website, by contacting your local government office or by contacting your landlord if you are a renter.

A fixed rate plan is an electricity plan charging the same price per kWh from month to month. In addition, a flat rate plan is an electricity plan that charges the same price per kWh no matter how much you choose. Variable electric rate plans allow your price per kWh to vary by month to month.

Last updated 11/30/18.

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