Which States Have Energy Deregulation?

Energy Deregulation In a lot of my blogs and videos, I talk about “Energy Deregulation” or “Energy Choice”.  But, how

Energy Deregulation

In a lot of my blogs and videos, I talk about “Energy Deregulation” or “Energy Choice”. 

But, how do you know if your state is deregulated? How do you know if your home or business qualifies for the energy choice program, and most importantly, how can you take advantage of it?

In this article, I categorize each state by its energy choices. 

If you live in one of the states that have deregulated their energy market, be it for electricity, natural gas, or for both, taking advantage of your energy choices by finding lower energy rates is one of the best ways of reducing your monthly energy bills. 

Also read, The Benefits of Finding Lower Energy Rates

To start with. I want to quickly review what energy deregulation means. 

If your state is “energy deregulated”, it means that your state government has passed laws that allow you to shop for lower energy rates and energy plans or agreements that best fit your home or business’ energy needs.

Meaning, you don’t have to buy your electricity from your local utility.

Think of it like shopping for a better cell phone plan – but for energy! Also read, 

Having a choice over who supplies your energy, the rate you pay, and the plan you’re on gives you many benefits – one of the biggest ones being energy savings.

However, only select states deregulated their energy markets.

To helo you know if your home or business qualifies for the energy choice program, here are the energy choices you have depending on what state you live in.

Also check out, What Is Energy Deregulation? Top 5 Things You Need to Know.

Map of Deregulated Energy States

The below map shows each state that offers some degree of energy choice. 

map of deregulated energy states

Energy Deregulation by State

To help you better identify your energy choices, I’ve broken down the state by state energy choices into three main categories and listed the states that fall into each category:

States with Electric & Natural Gas Choice​

California *
Michigan *
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
Rhode Island
Washington D.C.

States with Only Electric Choice ​

Oregon *

States with Only Natural Gas Choice ​

Iowa *
New Mexico
South Dakota
Virginia *
West Virginia

* These states have energy choices for electric, natural gas, or both, however, they have limitations, restrictions, and some times require an application. If you live in one of these states and want to take advantage of energy deregulation, please contact one of our Professional Energy Managers for advice by calling (844) 674-5465.

Maps of Energy Deregulation by Category

Use the arrows to navigate through the different maps. 

States That Do Not Offer Energy Choice

Unfortunately, many states do not offer energy choice and are still “regulated”, meaning if you live in one of these states you will be obligated to buy your electricity and natural gas from your local utility. 

Here you can find a list of states that are “energy regulated” as well as a visual map:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin

How to Reduce Your Energy Bill in Regulated States

If your business or a branch of your business is located in one of the states that I listed as an  “energy regulated” state, there are still many ways that you can lower or better control your monthly energy bills.

Click here to book a free consultation with one of our Professional Energy Managers who will be happy to speak to you about various solutions that will help you have more choice, waste less, and be more energy independent. 

James Lightning

James Lightning
Senior Editor, Energy Professionals
(844) 674-5465

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