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Where are the hidden fees in my electric rate and for that matter where’s the Birth Certificate?

Obama Birth CertificateOne of the first things I ask myself when looking at any offer I am being presented whether it be for Internet service, construction remodels on my house, or electric service is what additional or hidden fees are there? Recently a book has come out on Amazon.com called, “Where’s The Birth Certificate? The Case that Barack Obama is not Eligible to be President.”  by Corsi Jerome

The findings in the book about Obama are considered utterly devastating and were investigated by some of the nations top investigators. Fortunately when trying to find hidden things in an energy contract it only takes a few questions to get down to the bottom of things.

When you make an open records request for Obama’s birth certificate in Hawaii you get turned down cold but when asking an electric company about their charges they usually come clean provided you ask the right questions. Here are a few questions I recommend asking your potential electricity company.

  1. Is the advertised rate averaging in all fees and charges including generation,  transmission and distribution charges, and ancillary charges?
  2. If the rate does not average in all fees could I have a rate where all fees are averaged in?
  3. If you cannot average in all fees what additional fees will there be on my bill so I can average them into your advertised electric rate?

By having these questions answered you can more easily compare your electric rate you are considering with other advertised electric rates on a comparison chart like ours.

Our residential electricity comparison chart averages in all fees and charges to present an easy way to compare multiple energy providers.

If for some reason the electricity company refuses to disclose hidden fees and charges that are a part of their electricity rate you can complain to the Public Utility Commission.

Unlike when complaining to the Attorney General in Hawaii that they have refused your open records or freedom of information act request for Obama’s Birth Certificate the PUC responds immediately.

If your electricity supplier is unresponsive to your complaint the PUC will investigate your issue and follow up with the electric company and you until the issue has been resolved.

Hopefully one day the government will release the official long form Birth Certificate of Obama and put all these questions to rest but until then you can expect better results from the PUC in responding to your energy provider complaints.

Commerce Energy MD

Commerce Energy Inc. utilizes the 100, combined, years of experience accumulated by its team of energy marketers in order to accomplish its commitment to help its customers manage their energy costs through the company’s aggressive pricing strategies and marketing programs. As a subsidiary of the Just Energy Group, Commerce Energy Inc. has the backing of an ownership that serves 1.6 million residents and commercial businesses in electricity throughout the United States and Canada.

 Commerce Energy Inc.  on its own serves 600,000 at an estimated price of $0.0995 rate per kWh. Commerce Energy Inc.  rates will continue be sent on the same electrical bill sent by the local distribution company.  As a part of the Just Energy Group, Commerce Energy Inc.  has the backing of the largest producer of competitive green energy. Through its green energy options, customers of Commerce Energy Inc.  can offset up to 100% of the negative results of their daily energy consumption as well as support local projects that utilize renewable energy.

Clean Currents Energy in Maryland

Clean Currents Green Energy Solutions stands alone as the Maryland regions lead independent “green energy” retail electrical provider company. Established in 2005 Clean Currents provides wind powered electricity to 7,000 residential customers and 500 commercial customers in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Although Clean Currents wind powered electricity is an alternative form of electricity provision, no additional equipment is required as the electricity comes through the already established grid.

Rates range from 9.6 to 10.3 cents per kWh. The prices are based on wind percentage use: 9.6 cents for 50% wind power and 10.3 cents for 100% wind power. (Prices can vary from in different counties)

Clean Currents has , also, partnered with Solar City to proudly offer solar power as another alternative for electrical provision.

Castle Bridge Energy Group in Maryland

With Castle Bridge Energy Group, what you see is what you get. Castle Bridge is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. Castle Bridge Energy Group makes the statement that they are dedicated to getting every home and/or business owner an unparalleled energy company that is passionate about helping you to save money.

Castle Bridge Energy Group is in arrangement/conjunction with BTU Energy and operates within the BGE service territory. In fact, any customers of Castle Bridge Energy will receive the same BGE service bill as they might have before deregulation took place in Maryland, with an imbedded Castle Bridge Energy fee as part of the bill.

Castle Bridge Energy offers a fixed price both for a 1 year or 2 year commitment. Castle Bridge Energy works to make sure their rates are competitive. With Castle Bridge Energy there are no cancellation fees.

Ambit Energy Maryland

Ambit Energy boasts as being the fastest growing private company in the United States for 2010 as according to Inc. magazine.  Established in 2006 as a response to the deregulation of energy throughout the United States, Ambit is a model of “today’s” utility retail supplier.  Starting out in an open spaced warehouse with $19 folding tables as desks (which are still used by every employee from the CEO down) Ambit is a “new school” energy retailer with the “old school” vision statement “To be the finest, most respected retail energy provider in America.”

Ambit has set a standard to offer the lowest rate beginning with a guaranteed 7% less than the incumbent utility company’s price the first two months and continues as it promises a 1% savings from the incumbent’s price after a year. If the customer does not save 1% compared to the incumbents rate then a refund is offered to much the difference. Ambit also provides many innovative incentives for its customer base. Ambit’s “Reward Program” offers three types of incentives to its customers:

  • A welcome gift of 3 nights/2 day stay at a 3 star hotel in 25 different destinations
  • A customer reference reward can be given if a customer holds at least 15 other referred customers with the reward being a credit equal to the average amount of their monthly payments. This offers the opportunity for free energy each month.
  • A travel reward system is also available to Ambit customers. For every kWh used by a customer, 1 vacation reward point is given which can be redeemed for an assortment of vacation packages starting at 2,000 points. Also, if a customer refers 5 new customers, a reward of any of their 45,000 point vacation packages is offered. 

Ambit offers Green plans to all interested customers that are Green-e certified and uses 100% renewable energy as well as follows the stringent standards of the non-profit Center for Energy Resolutions. 

Other recognizable traits of Ambit includes its continued pursuit of expansion as it offers work opportunities for marketing consultants and its outsourcing of customer service to BlueNet customer care centers which handle all aspects of the customer life cycle.