Energy companies can no longer produce energy, supply energy and distribute energy. They are now required to select only one piece of the energy industry. Most Utilities have chosen the distribution function because they already own the meters, wires, lines and pipelines. They have already sold off all thier energy production facilities. They now have to buy energy on the open market to supply their remaining custiomers. Customers now can select their own energy provider. To facilitate their move out of the supply side of the business, the utilities are actually paying their customers to switch. In most cases, they are giving a discount for 2 billing cycles that can be 7% and higher depending on location.
ENERGY, gas and electric, isn't going away any time soon.
Even rich people have to pay for energy.
The only bills that always get paid are the energy bills.
Even homes in forclosure need light and heat. Their bills get paid or else.