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jwardell

Sounds good to me. I wish I had reasoning to offer, but I don't. But I would suggest calling N-Star and asking them why not. They either come up with a good reason, or you switch.

ewachter

http://www.capecodtoday.com/news371.htm
Compact, NStar, and Dominion Retail all offer dirty “system power” products: Most of the electricity they buy is generated by fossil power plants, which release emissions that degrade air and water quality and could forever alter the climate and character of this region.
One of Dominion Retail’s sister companies owns the Brayton Point Station, which is located upwind of the Cape and Vineyard and is the dirtiest plant in New England. Consumers that switch to Dominion will save money by patronizing a corporation that profits while polluting local environments.

L McKinney


As far as I can see, this super-duper offer is good for only two months, that's it.

And for the dubious benefits of letting one company rather than another take my heating nickel, I have to say that this business of offering deals ... like the cable and cellphone people do ... with great deals for thirty days or two months and then, watch out! .. anyone who USES that trick is, to me, suspect. It's like getting paid twenty bucks to switch, yay! Then what?

Bob

I switched with this offer, I'll have to see how long the difference stays in my favor. I can always switch back. Be aware though that this is only on a portion of the bill. The majority still goes to NStar. In my case it works out to a 10% difference in my bill.

ST

The jerks have the nerve to bury that 2-month offer in the fine print on the back. Thanks for being here with this discussion.

R. Govoni

NSTAR is just delivery service for the electricity, the current supplier is ConEdison, rates are subject to change every 6 mos., my question is does anyone know how Dominion's rates fluctate every 6 mos.

carpundit

After a close read of the offer, I threw it in the trash.
Something that seems too good to be true, usually is. There was no guarantee that rates would be better after the end of the year, and there is some reason to suspect that Dominion Retail is an irresponsible energy producer.

I could be wrong in my assessment about any of that, but that was my opinion.

Alex

Wow, I just found that two-month limit.

VERY sneaky with how they word the terms - not the standard language I'm used to.

The dirty plant thing I can selfishly put aside, but their misleading promo is just insulting. Not a good way to introduce yourself.

You guys are awesome for chatting about this online. Thanks! :)

S. Lin

For your reference, here's an article in the Boston Globe on this matter:

http://www.boston.com/business/globe/articles/2006/10/06/time_to_switch/

Jonathan

From the article, ``We're pretty confident we'll be able to beat the utility price next year," he said. No promises, but it seems to be their only way to get customers to move, so I'd wager a small sum on it (like my electric bill).

Read the article
http://www.boston.com/business/articles/2006/10/06/time_to_switch/

You might end up paying more than you think. These companies care about only their benefits.

Mark

I don't know, looks good to me. My offer says the price is good til Dec 2007, though there is a $50 early termination fee. If I save 10% on my electric bill, though, I'm saving $30/monthly so what am I missing? Why shouldn't I do this?

Dave

If lightning strikes the transformer on the corner, does shifting providers affect the restoration of service?

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I too was snaffued by the "hidden" 2 month limit on the good rates. Do we, as a group have the right to complain to the equivalent of the PUC? Before signing up wioth Dominion, I called them up and asked how they could have so much lower prices than NSTAR. I was told about their efficiency and low cost fuel; nothing about the offer being good for only 2 months. Rip off's like this need to be prohibited.

MA

I rec'd price offer from Dominion that says it is good through your scheduled December 2011 meter read date. Has anyone switched to this electricity provider? If so, any problems?

Mike

http://www.projo.com/news/content/electricity_rates19_11-19-08_2KCB137_v12.3c76121.html

Looks like National Grid is going to be dropping their rates by 13% as of January 1st, 2009. This is a dirty trick on the part of Dominion if you ask me. They're comparing the current rates, knowing that National Grid is lowering their rates after you lock into their "slightly lower as of this very second" rate. Then Dominion locks you into a rate which is going to be higher than that of National Grid.

If you read the offer, you need to accept by December 31, 2009. This seems like a total scam to me. Sure, you make out for the next 2 weeks, but you get screwed for the next 2 years. There's also a $50 termination fee with Dominion.

I rather doubt that there are problems with the actual switch. All that's really happening is that on the back end, National Grid is required to purchase the power for your home from Dominion. The energy industry is screwy like that. This is going in the trash though.

John

I keep getting called by a Dominion guy. I don't like the cheesy approach. He keeps asking for my power company account number so that he can "lower my rate", as if it's just a simple rate lowering. I asked, "if you're going to lower my rate then go ahead and do it". Then I pressed him, asking if by agreeing I was going to be switching companies and contracting with his company next, and it was like pulling teeth to get the truth. The whole thing smells.

John

Thanks all. I also go the offer in the mail and was considering switching but was ambivalent. Based on the discussion here, if it looks too good to be truse, it probably is.

sam bowie

what does 10% of my bill really amount to? I know "money is money" but i agree - it doesn't sound right.

Barbara Peckham

After reading all the above comments I don't think I will switch. Apparently they offer this every year with a "deadline" for signing up!I, too, am of the opinion that anything that sounds too good to be true probably is! The more I read their fine print, the less sure I become about exactly what I am being offered. The fact that they have dirty plants producing the energy is enough for me, anyway. Although I am not wealthy, I feel I have to go with the "greenest" I can at this point in time. Go, Cape Wind!!!
Barbara

Jack

My June 11, 2009 FIRST bill from NSTAR included an Electric Supplier Bill Detail. Dominion Retail address phone etc. The Current month (new with Dominion.'s Delivery Charge was MORE than last month When with NSTAR:
8.9 cents (perkWh) as opposed to NSTAR 8.7cents (per kWh).

I left a call to ask if the bill is hap and circumstance. I'd drop them in a shot for this surprise unless NSTAR cut prices last month to play a trump card.

annie carmitchell

I'm from PA, and Dominion is offering me 10 percent off of my bill for a ful year (Dec., 2010). I, too, however, am very leary of this deal. If it's so good, whey isn't the discount permanent?

BancheroMedia

I lived through deregulation in California.
It was a disaster.
Remember Enron?
Don't switch, because in the end the so called 'retailers' will go out of business. The margins are too small and they'll give up sooner or later. And then you're back to the same old utility again.
And rates will be higher, no matter what so don't waste time and emotional energy on this garbage.
Remember how deregulation was going to crush AT&T?
And where is AT&T now, 25 years later? I'll tell you, pretty much back where they and we all started.
In Texas, electric rates for homeowners have jumped 16% to 20% due to deregulation, and people are trying to stop deregulation in Texas from spreading to the eastern side of the state, where it is supposed to happen very soon.
This is a really bad idea, and the only people who benefited are the large investment banks and financial advisers who were paid obscene sums of money to fund these so called 'competitive energy companies.
The best thing to do is invest in conservation or, if you can make it work, a self-generation project. Both will reduce the amount you use, and that is all that matters.

Tim

I switched to Dominion a few years back and have saved about $25 per month. Dominion and ConEdison change their electricity "supply" rates every 6 months based on the commodity costs of natural gas, oil and coal.

www.eyeonsupply.com does a good job tracking the updated price offers from these suppliers.

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