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Plug In Illinois

Energy Choice in Illinois

Energy freedom for Illinoians came in 1997 when the Illinois Commerce Commission approved state energy deregulation. Since then, more than 1.67 million residential, and over 75% of commercial consumers switched to another electric supplier.  As a result of this impressive adoption rate, the average cost of electricity is very close to the US average (13.32 compared to 13.04 ¢/ kWh) for households and below average for businesses (9.01 compared to 10.57¢/ kWh).

Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC)

The ICC oversees electricity choice in the state, ensuring that your customer interests are always put ahead of the profits of retail electricity suppliers and that no matter the utility rate that you pay, you continue to receive safe, reliable and cost-effective electric service.

PlugIn Illinois

The official state electric choice website, operated by the ICC is called Plug-In Illinois. In it, you will learn about the Illinois electric service competition, compare prices from multiple electric suppliers, and even do the switch. The process is very easy:

Electricity in Illinois

How to compare rates? Utility companies have standard rates, sometimes called the Price to Compare (what you are currently paying if you haven’t switched).

All you need to do is to compare your current standard rate with other offers from competitive Illinois electricity suppliers for your zip code.


ProviderPlan LengthRate
Energy Harbor6 months7.49¢ / kWh
Energy Harbor12 months7.49¢ / kWh
Energy Harbor18 months7.59¢ / kWh
Energy Harbor24 months7.59¢ / kWh
Public Power12 months7.79¢ / kWh
Public Power24 months7.99¢ / kWh
Direct Energy11 months8.09¢ / kWh
Direct Energy12 months8.29¢ / kWh
Constellation24 months8.29¢ / kWh
Spark Energy24 months8.29¢ / kWh

Ameren Illinois

Plan NamePlan LengthRate
Public Power - 12 Month Fixed12 months$0.0547 / kWh
Constellation - 6 Month Home Power Plan6 months$0.0549 / kWh
Clearview Energy - ClearGreenGuarantee 12 Plus12 months$0.0569 / kWh
Direct Energy - Live Brighter 1212 months$0.0619 / kWh

Natural Gas in Illinois

Only the consumers in the service areas operated by Nicor Gas, North Shore Gas, and Peoples Gas have the opportunity to shop for competitive natural gas rates.

Why is ElectricRate A Better Comparison Site Than Plug In Illinois?

Like Plug In Illinois, ElectricRate also allows you to compare available electric rates, but our web-based comparison tool also offers additional benefits.

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