Is your household inundated with sales pitches from third party energy suppliers?
Are you getting phone calls offering cheaper rates if you switch? Or even sales folks selling door-to-door?
Though the 1999 energy deregulation law was supposed to spark competition and save everyone money, AARP is seeing members falling prey to tricky contracts with higher energy prices.
Third-party electric and gas suppliers often rely on predatory sales tactics to trick folks into unwittingly signing up for electric and gas supplier contracts. “Teaser rates” can change to higher variable rates than if members had just remained with their regulated supplier like BGE, PEPCO, Delmarva, Potomac Edison and SMECO.
We’ve heard it all, aggressive marketing tactics on our own doorsteps, harassing telemarketing calls laced with lies, utility company impersonations, enrolling people without approval, and more.
AARP Maryland has joined a coalition supporting bills that will answer if “energy choice” is an economic win or just draining our pocketbooks. And a bill to protect vulnerable households on energy assistance.
Please take a minute to contact your legislators! Your story makes a difference.
Last week Senators and Delegates in the Finance and Economic Matters Committees heard HB 260/SB 686 and SB685/HB1224 bills that will unlock information on rates for Maryland electric and gas rate payers.
AARP volunteer Martha Yalov testified in Annapolis to reform this energy supplier market. Martha works every week at an energy assistance center helping families figure out their utility bills.
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Protect Consumers From Predatory Energy Suppliers
Dear [Decision Maker],
The 1999 energy deregulation law promised Maryland ratepayers that competition in the market would save everyone money. But instead, third-party electric and gas suppliers are decieving people into signing contracts that lock them into even higher rates!Low "teaser rates" often change to higher variable rates than if members had just remained with their regulated supplier like BGE, PEPCO, Delmarva, Potomac Edison and SMECO. What's worse, we ratepayers are inundated daily with aggressive marketing tactics on our own doorsteps, harassing telemarketing calls laced with lies, utility company impersonations, enrolling people without approval, and more.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]