Why consumers are ganging up to buy electricity


By Jesse Berst


Consumers are increasingly setting up joint purchase agreements to get better prices from energy providers, the Washington Post reports. The latest alliance was a coalition called Groundswell made up of 103 religious and consumer groups including the NAACP and Georgetown Presbyterian Church. Groundswell will negotiate in their behalf for lower rates.


"We are seeing a detectable trend of small businesses moving to third-party suppliers," confirmed Pepco spokeswoman Mary-Beth Hutchinson to the Post.