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ENCOA enters Illinois competitive electric market with sweepstakes

Houston-based retail energy provider Energy Company of America (ENCOA) recently announced it has entered a new service territory to offer residential and commercial electricity to residents currently receiving power from Illinois utility ComEd.

In celebration of the new region, the company is holding a sweepstakes to offer $1,000 in electricity supply in its "Electricity Supply for a Year" competition. One winner will be given free electricity for a year, while several other winners will be given $250 to put toward electricity supply. All customers have to do to enter is switch from ComEd to the independent electric supplier.

Illinois' deregulated energy laws allow its residents to choose their own retail energy supplier depending which one offers the best personalized plan for them. These providers offer electricity rates that are often much lower than those of utilities. ENCOA customers who switch will experience low fixed rates, easy to understand plans and unparalleled customer service, the company said.

The provider is hoping to soon expand into Ohio and Texas, both of which have energy deregulation laws similar to those in Illinois and encourage residents to compare electricity plans. Pennsylvania has also attracted a number of providers, which are helping residents keep their electricity bills low.