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A nonprofit watchdog group has released an apples-to-apples price comparison for electricity contracts offered by ComEd and other suppliers in northern Illinois.

CHICAGO (AP) — A nonprofit watchdog group has released an apples-to-apples price comparison for electricity contracts offered by ComEd and other suppliers in northern Illinois. The Citizens Utility Board posted the comparison on its website. Its shows that BlueStar, Champion, Constellation, Direct Energy and Spark offer 12-month fixed-rate contracts with prices lower than Commonwealth Edison’s through at least May of 2011. ComEd’s price is set to drop in June, so it’s unclear how the offers will compare in a few months. Some companies charge exit fees up to $150 for changing suppliers before the contract expires. A December decision by the Illinois Commerce Commission made it easier for competitors to bill consumers through ComEd. Competitors have been marketing aggressively since then. Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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