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As you begin to shop for a Competitive Service Provider (CSP), you'll hear some new terms and concepts that are used in when participating in Customer Choice. Become familiar with these terms and concepts as you evaluate offers from providers.
The arrival of competition to Virginia's electric utility industry brings with it a new vocabulary.
A person, local government or organization licensed by the SCC that brings together a group of customers and negotiates the price and other details for electric supply service on their behalf.
A person or company licensed by the SCC to sell competitive energy services in Virginia. Aggregators are Competitive Service Providers.
The delivery of electricity to your home or business over distribution lines; this service must be purchased from Appalachian Power Company Virginia at regulated rates.
The exchange of business information in a standard format. Enrollment and switching shall occur in either an electronic medium as specified by the VAEDT and filed with the Commission or by other mutually agreeable standards.
A CSP that supplies generation services, or when provided together, generation services and its transmission to the distribution facilities of the Company to an eligible retail customer.
Consists of the generation of electricity, or when provided together, the generation and transmission of electricity to the distribution facilities on behalf of a retail customer.
The regulated public utility that owns, maintains and operates the distribution lines and other equipment necessary to deliver electricity you; LDCs are regulated by the SCC.
A tax, imposed on electricity consumers by most localities of the Commonwealth based on kilowatthours (kWh) used by the consumer.
The price to compare appears on the monthly bill you receive from Appalachian Power Company Virginia and includes combined costs for generation and transmission services. Not all companies state price to compare in this same manner, or include both generation and transmission services. Please check to make sure you are comparing similar charges.
A tax on electricity consumers in the Commonwealth based on kWh used by the consumer and delivered by Appalachian Power Company Virginia.
Consists of transmission service provided under the applicable Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT) and retail transmission service.
The separation of generation, open-access transmission, retail transmission and distribution services and possibly other related services into service offerings with separate prices for each.
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