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Washington DC Electricity Providers

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PEPCO continues to deliver power and the monthly electric bill to customers in DC area even after they choose a competitive supplier. If they do not choose a supplier, they pay a default rate known as the Price to Compare.


8.44¢ Price to Compare

Through May 31, 2023

Provider Plan Term Rate Savings  
36 months
13.19¢ / kWh
Direct Energy
18 months
14.89¢ / kWh
Direct Energy
12 months
15.59¢ / kWh
Major Energy
24 months
16.39¢ / kWh
Major Energy
100% renewable energy
24 months
16.49¢ / kWh

More Choices Equals Lower Prices

If competitive rates are below the PEPCO DC Price to Compare, then customers will save money on their PEPCO DC electric bill. Find low rates being offered in the PEPCO DC service area below.

Washington DC Energy Market Overview

Washington DC or District of Columbia has had energy freedom since 2001 when the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia created a competitive marketplace for electricity and natural gas rates. At the moment, only customers served by the state power company PEPCO are able to shop around, compare electric rates in Washington DC and select an alternative energy provider.

Those who switch will continue to have their energy delivered and power outages fixed by PEPCO. However, as far as the prices for electric rates, you can have your say.

Utility Companies in Washington DC

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Only the customers serviced by the utility company PEPCO are able to switch electric suppliers. PEPCO supplies energy to approximately 883,000 customers in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Currently, PEPCO’s electric power Price to Compare is set at 8.44 cents per kilowatt-hour.

To contact the PEPCO customer service number, you can dial 1-877-737-2662.

Alternative Energy Options

The capital of the US wants to lead by example when it comes to promoting green energy. In 2018, City Council passed the Clean Energy DC Omnibus Amendment Act which implements a 100% renewable energy target by 2032. This has granted major provisions to sustainable initiatives in the state, including:

  • New Building Emissions Standards
  • Transitioning to Renewable Energy Source
  • Funding local sustainability initiatives
  • Transportation Emissions

As a DC resident, you can opt for one of the below options to support the green initiative:

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Green energy plan - Multiple retail providers in DC offer at least one partially or fully renewable energy plan. .With the green plans, the supplier pledges to buy Renewable Energy Certificates or RECs, from a generator that produces power from renewable sources, such as wind. Enter your zip code to choose from the available green energy plans.

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Energy Choice DC - This program, lead by the Department of Energy & Environment allows DC residents and businesses to bundle their collective electricity demand for the opportunity to secure a more sustainable electricity option by using an electricity aggregator, or a broker who negotiates on behalf of customers.

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Solar initiatives - The District's Solar for All Program intends to expand the amount of solar energy generated within the District and at the same time, help low-income households in DC save money by reducing their energy bills by 50%.


Below are answers to some of the questions you might have about Rhode Island electricity rates:

How much does electricity cost in DC?

The average residential electricity rates in Washington DC or the District of Columbia are 13.78 cents per kilowatt-hour, which is only slightly above the US national average.

What doesPEPCO charge per kWh?

Currently, PEPCO’s electricity Price to Compare is set at 8.44 cents per kilowatt-hour.

What is the average cost of natural gas per therm?

The average price of utility (piped) gas at 1.509

What are PEPCO peak hours?

PEPCO is currently offering a two-year pilot of the Peak Savers program, which allows customers to save money by reducing their energy use during peak hours or shifting it from peak to off-peak hours. ThePEPCO peak hours are:

  • 2 pm-7 pm (5 hours) – June-September
  • 6 am-9 am (3 hours) – October – May

The remaining hours are considered off-peak hours, for which the customer is charged a discounted power rate.

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