Choosing Direct Energy Business as Your Retail Energy Supplier

Posted February 4, 2016 | By Direct Energy Business


We’re often asked by small business owners: what’s the difference between a utility and retail energy supplier?

It’s a great question.

Traditional utilities own and operate the way electricity is transmitted and distributed to homes, businesses, and factories. Transmission wires that deliver electricity are owned by your local utility company, and transmission and distribution charges are set by regulators. Your local utility also conducts monthly reads your electric meter, takes care of billing in some service territories (specifically not in Texas), and handles power outages.

On the other hand, retail energy providers – which includes Direct Energy Business for small business, commercial, and industrial customers – vie to supply power to homes and businesses and help them manage their energy use in competitive electricity markets.

So, why should your small business consider choosing a retail energy supplier?

In competitive markets, Direct Energy Business can provide a number of benefits to small businesses, including:

If your small business is located in a deregulated market and is looking for a new electricity supply, please contact Direct Energy Business. And, if you enroll online in February, Direct Energy Business will donate $50 to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals February 1 – February 29.

For more information on the difference between retail energy suppliers and utilities, check out this helpful utility vs. retail energy provider infographic.  

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