About Electric Choice
Your electricity service is made up of three parts: (1) the electricity itself is provided by an electricity generator
and is sometimes referred to as electricity "supply" or "generation", (2) the "transmission" of that electricity from
the generation facility to your local utility, and (3) the "distribution" or "delivery" of the electricity by the utility
over the electric lines that lead to your business or home. In the past, the utility provided all three parts of your
electric service (supply, transmission, and distribution).
The Illinois Electric Service Customer Choice and Rate Relief Law of 1997 restructured the state's electric service industry
to allow a choice of electric suppliers. With electric choice, the electric supply may now be provided by different companies
known as Retail Electric Suppliers (RESs).
Currently about 75% of the electricity consumed by Illinois' commercial and industrial customers is provided by Retail Electric Suppliers.