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District of Columbia Municipal Aggregation Program
District of Columbia electricity ratepayers have had the option to choose their electricity supplier since the passage of the Retail Competition and Consumer Protection Act (1999). By law electric customers may group together in order to receive a rate competitive with the default standard offer service (SOS). The purpose of an aggregation is to get the lowest price for electricity and beat the SOS rate by using the group's strength to attract more competitive electric suppliers' bids.
DC Municipal Aggregation Program
The DC Municipal Aggregation Program (DC MAP), authorized by statute, combines the purchasing power of the DC Government and other District electric accounts for a lower rate. The DC Government Executive Branch Agencies are automatic participants in the DC MAP, and DC Government Independent Agencies, residential consumer and commercial entities can opt to participate. DC MAP has resulted in savings of $5.4 million for a 24-month contract and $30 million over 36-month contract, respectively, for DC taxpayers.
The District Government has successfully used the reverse auction method to procure electricity supply since 2004. The reverse auction starts with a maximum price which is based on the Price to Compare. The maximum price is the starting price for bids and suppliers are then able to compete for your business by offering their lowest price. At the end the supplier offering the lowest price wins.