Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Energy Plus is an energy supply company based in Philadelphia, PA that offers electricity service through Energy Plus Holdings LLC and natural gas service through its affiliate Energy Plus Natural Gas LLC. Our goal is to bring innovation to the energy sector by pairing energy service with reward incentives. We are backed by our parent company, NRG Energy, Inc., a Fortune 200 company at the forefront of changing how people think about and use energy.
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- What is deregulation?
- What is Energy Plus' role in providing energy in deregulated states?
- Who delivers my energy?
- Deregulation has made choosing my energy supplier a lot more confusing. How do I know I can trust Energy Plus?
- What is an ESCO?
Deregulation is the process by which governments remove, reduce, or simplify restrictions with the intent of encouraging efficiency and competition in markets. Deregulation in the United States traces its roots to the oil crisis of the 1970s but it took until the late 1990s to put the idea of energy deregulation into practice. Today, about half of the states have enacted some form of energy deregulation.
Before deregulation, utilities controlled all three components of the energy industry: generation, transmission and the sale of energy. Deregulation divides those processes, with different companies having the ability to handle each aspect.
Energy Plus is an energy supplier that buys energy on the open market and sells it to our customers, bundling it with rewards to offer a new approach to a standard service. Utilities still handle the delivery to our customers’ homes, ensuring the wires, pipes and meters are properly working. For this reason, energy charges are separated into supply and delivery portions – but our customers continue to receive consolidated bills that reflect charges from both their utility company and Energy Plus.
Delivery will continue to be provided by your local utility company, which has the responsibility to ensure the wires, pipes and meters are working properly. Switching to Energy Plus is seamless – you will not experience any interruption in service.
Deregulation doesn’t mean lack of oversight. States that have paved the way for innovation in the energy market still maintain oversight of suppliers, who are controlled through a licensing process. Energy Plus is licensed in all of the states where we operate. For state-specific information and our license numbers, please visit our Service Areas page.
ESCO is a term used to refer to an energy supplier such as Energy Plus. It stands for Energy Services Company and is a term used often in New York.
- What is a variable-rate plan?
- What is a fixed-rate plan?
- How much will my supply service cost?
Energy Plus offers variable supply rate plan products. With this type of energy supply service, the supply rate you pay may change each month. The supply rate may be different, including higher, than the supply rate charged by your local utility company. Because Energy Plus's variable supply rate plans require no long-term commitment, you can evaluate your plan each month to determine if it's working for you without being locked into a long-term contract. (Cancellation may take 1-2 billing cycles depending on your utility’s timeframe for processing the request.)
Energy Plus offers fixed supply rate plan products. With this type of energy supply service, the supply rate will remain fixed for the length of your fixed-price contract. You’ll enjoy the security of knowing your price won’t change for the length of your contract. An early cancellation fee may apply if you cancel your service before your contract is set to expire. Before your contract is set to expire, we will notify you of your contract renewal and pricing options.
For variable plans, we will determine the variable supply price in our discretion based on many different factors, which may include competitive prices, industry charges we are responsible for, applicable state and local taxes, profit margins, or other business conditions. The supply rate may be different, including higher, than the supply rate charged by your local utility company. Please review your selected plan Important Offer details for more information about your specific supply rate.
Switching to Energy Plus
- How do I switch?
- What information will I need to enroll?
- Do I have to contact my utility company or current supplier before switching to Energy Plus?
- How long does it take to enroll over the phone?
- Is there a cost to enroll?
- Is there a long-term commitment required?
- What happens once I switch to Energy Plus?
- How long does it take for my Energy Plus service to start?
- How do I cancel?
You will only need a copy of your electricity and/or natural gas bill to complete your enrollment. We handle the rest so that you will not experience any interruption in service. Your local utility company will continue to provide all transmission services, including delivering the energy to your home, reading your meter and handling any service emergencies.
No. We take care of contacting your current provider as part of the enrollment process.
It takes approximately ten minutes to enroll over the phone.
No. Energy Plus does not charge start-up fees of any kind. In some cases, your local utility company may charge a nominal fee to switch.
If you select our fixed supply rate plan, an early cancellation fee may apply if you cancel your service before your contract expires. If you select our variable supply rate plan, you can cancel without a termination penalty.
As a new customer, you will receive a welcome letter or email from Energy Plus that includes our terms and conditions. In most states, you’ll start seeing Energy Plus listed on your normal utility bill after one to two billing cycles.
In most states, your new Energy Plus service will take from one to two billing cycles to begin. For more information, please visit our Service Areas map and select your state.
You may cancel service by calling our customer service team. To appropriately route your call, please visit our Contact Us page to find the correct phone number for your state. Please note that your utility controls the effective date of cancellation, so it may take 1-2 billing cycles before the cancellation is effective.
- How will I be billed?
- How can I pay my bill?
- How can I enroll in budget billing?
Energy Plus customers will continue to receive a consolidated bill from their local utility company. Your bill will contain separate charges for the energy you used (the supply) and for getting that energy to your house (the delivery). The supply portion reflects charges from Energy Plus; the delivery portion reflects charges from your utility company.
Billing varies according to your state and utility region. For more information about billing where you live, visit our Service Areas map and select your state.
Because Energy Plus supply service is billed through your utility company, the methods of payment vary. For more information about billing where you live, visit our Service Areas map and select your state.
Please refer to our Service Areas page to see if budget billing is available in your area. This page will direct you to the correct phone number to call to enroll in budget billing.
- Where will I see my rewards?
- How long will it take to get my rewards?
- How do I know how many rewards I've earned?
- What if I don't receive my rewards?
- I have a question about my rewards. Who do I call?
- What if I want to switch my rewards plan?
When enrolling with Energy Plus, you may select your favorite rewards program. If you select a rewards program with one of our partners, you will provide your rewards membership number and we will ensure your points/miles will be automatically deposited into your rewards account. They will not appear on your electric or natural gas bill. If you select our cash back program, you will receive your rebate checks from Energy Plus in the mail.
Unless otherwise specified, you will receive your enrollment bonus after two months of active service with Energy Plus. If you have selected to receive rewards from one of our partners, you will start earning your ongoing rewards the same day your supply service starts with Energy Plus. Your rewards accrue monthly after each billing cycle and will appear in your rewards account two to three weeks after your billing cycle closes. If you have enrolled in our cash back program, you will receive your cash back checks in the mail. Please note that rewards will not appear on your electric or natural gas bill.
If you have selected to receive rewards from one of our partners, you may check your rewards account to see how many points you have earned from Energy Plus. You may also Contact Us to check on rewards that haven’t yet posted to your account or for Cash Back you may have accumulated.
Please call us as our customer service team is committed to offering you expert help. To ensure you receive prompt service, please refer to our Contact Us page to find the correct phone number to call.
If you have selected to receive rewards from one of our partners, questions about how your rewards are redeemed should be directed to your rewards program. If you have enrolled in our cash back program, please call us as our customer service team is committed to offering you expert help. To ensure you receive prompt service, please refer to our Contact Us page to find the correct phone number to call.
You may change plans. However, you will receive just one enrollment bonus. Please refer to our Contact Us page to find the correct phone number to call for assistance in switching your rewards plan.
- What happens if there is a problem with my service?
Please call your utility company. Your utility company is responsible for ensuring electricity and/or natural gas service is delivered to your home or business. Please refer to our Utility Contacts page.
- Where does Energy Plus serve customers?
- Can I be notified if Energy Plus becomes available in my area?
We currently are licensed to serve electric customers in eight states: Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. We also currently offer natural gas service in Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Ohio. To find out if your utility region is included in our service area, please visit our Service Areas map and select your state. Please note that Energy Plus is temporarily not enrolling new customers in Connecticut or New York.
Yes. Please Contact Us and we will add your information to our notification list.
- How can I "go green" with Energy Plus?
- How does the Green Option work?
- What is a REC?
- Am I signing up to get green electricity sent to my home?
- Are energy credits a substitute for conservation?
Energy Plus offers customers a way to support the environment through our Green Option, a program that directly ties consumption with the creation of 100% wind power, one of the cleanest forms of electricity available. For about a penny more per kilowatt hour, Green Option customers reduce the nation’s dependence on conventional electricity generated by fossil fuels – while earning their choice of rewards.
Every kilowatt-hour of electricity our Green Option customers use counts toward the purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) - the “currency” of renewable electricity production in the United States. One REC represents proof that one megawatt-hour of electricity was generated from an eligible renewable energy source.
Once renewable electricity such as wind power is fed into the electric grid, it’s not possible to separate it from other sources of electricity. So, a credit (REC) is created as a way to account for – and encourage – green energy’s contribution to the grid. RECs are sold separately and only one certificate may be issued for each unit of renewable electricity produced. The RECs purchased by Energy Plus support 100% wind-generated power.
No. You will continue to receive electricity the same way, but when you sign up for the Green Option, we will purchase Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) produced by wind power generation facilities located in the United States to match 100% of your electricity usage.
No. The best way to reduce energy consumption is to use less energy. Energy credits are just one tool that encourages the creation of smarter, greener power.