What is Retail Competition?

Retail Competition is a regime under the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) that gives an electricity end-user the option to choose an electricity supplier aside from the traditional distribution utility.

How does Retail Competition benefit an electricity end-user?

By opening up the supply of electricity to competition, an end-user now has a choice among a number of competitive offers made by licensed retail electricity suppliers. The end-user has the freedom to select the retail supply product that creates the most value for them, such as those that provide the lowest price or offer specialized products (e.g. carbon zero options).

Who are the players in the Retail Competition regime?

1. Contestable Customer (CC) – an electricity end-user, certified by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), who can choose its supplier of electricity.
2. Retail Electricity Supplier (RES) – a person or an entity licensed by the ERC to sell, broker, market, or aggregate electricity to end-users in the Contestable Market.

How does it work?

Before RCOA

End user has no choice of power source

Commencement of RCOA

End user empowered to choose power source

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