Why consumers are ganging up to buy electricity

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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.