What is an electric vehicle (EV)?
Electric Vehicles (EVs) are vehicles that are either partially or fully powered on electric power. Electric vehicles have low running costs as they have fewer moving parts for maintaining. Electric vehicles are very environmentally friendly as they use little or no fossil fuels (gasoline or diesel). In fact, by choosing an EV, you’d be tackling one of your biggest sources of carbon emissions – transportation.
What is a Time-of-Use Program?
A time-of-use (TOU) program is a program that encourages customers to shift electricity use to certain hours of the day by providing a lower price during that time. The All Nighter for EVs plan encourages EV owners to charge their vehicles in off-peak hours when the demand for electricity is lower and their price is lower.
How does the All Nighter for EVs plan work?
When you sign up for the All Nighter for EVs plan, you are enrolling with Green Mountain Energy and powering your home with 100% clean electricity. Green Mountain Energy – the longest-serving renewable energy retailer – becomes your electric generation supplier and provides time-of-use pricing. This pricing structure features a lower price for electricity used during times of the day when the demand for electricity is lower (also called off-peak hours) and a higher price for electricity used during times of the day when the demand for electricity is higher (also called peak hours).
What are the on-peak and off-peak hours?
On-peak hours are from 7:01 a.m. – 9:59 p.m. Off-peak hours are from 10:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m., to allow for customers to charge their car at a lower rate.
Why do prices vary during the day?
Electricity costs vary throughout the day depending on overall demand on the electric grid. For example, in the summer, there is a higher demand for electricity during the afternoon, so the cost to generate and use electricity during these peak periods goes up. To minimize electricity usage during these high-cost periods of the day, time-of-use programs charge higher prices during the high-cost (or peak) periods, and lower prices during off-peak times of the day to encourage you to shift your electricity usage to those lower-price periods.
Who can enroll in the All Nighter for EVs plan?
Anyone who has a residential account in MD for BGE customers and in PA for PECO & PPL.
How do customers enroll in the program?
Customers can enroll over the phone or online here.
What are the benefits of the All Nighter for EVs plan?
- Clean energy: Power your EV and your home with 100% renewable energy.
- Lower price at night: The ability to take control of your bill by shifting energy usage from on-peak hours to off-peak hours at a lower cost. This is especially valuable for EV drivers, who can schedule their vehicle to charge during off-peak hours.
- Price security: Get an affordable, fixed price during all other times.
How do I know if the All Nighter for EVs plan is right for me?
Customers who sign up for the All Nighter for EVs plan can power their home and EV with 100% clean electricity and enjoy a lower electricity price at night. Each customer’s electricity usage habits and patterns are unique. We recommend you review your specific usage patterns by logging in to your online account or contacting your utility.
Are there any costs to enroll?
No, there are absolutely no costs to enroll.
Is there a cancellation fee if I cancel my enrollment in this program?
No, there are no cancellation fees if you decide to cancel your enrollment in the All Nighter for EVs plan.
Will Green Mountain Energy change the price after I sign up?
If you sign up on the All Nighter for EVs plan with Green Mountain Energy, you will receive fixed pricing for the term length that you enrolled with Green Mountain Energy on this plan. You will receive notification at the end of this term on your renewal pricing options.
Can the Green Mountain Energy price go above the utility?
When you sign up on the All Nighter for EVs plan with Green Mountain Energy, your on-peak and off-peak supply prices are fixed during the term of your plan. It is possible that Green Mountain Energy’s prices will be higher than your utility’s basic service rate, but you can manage the impact of this higher rate by shifting your electricity usage to off-peak hours.
How will my bill change?
You will continue to receive one monthly bill from your utility that will include a line item on your bill that will list Green Mountain Energy and supply charges. Your peak and off-peak charges will be listed on your bill as two separate line items.
How can I compare what I’m paying on the All Nighter for EVs plan versus what I would be paying on my utility’s default service supply rate?
You may always call our Customer Service team from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and we would be happy to review your billing comparison information.
Who should I contact with questions about the program and distribution charges?
For questions about the All Nighter for EVs plan, you can call Green Mountain Energy. Your utility is still your distribution provider, so direct all distribution-related questions to your utility. Your utility will continue to provide customer support and respond to outages and other emergencies.
How can I minimize my on-peak electricity usage?
There are several easy steps that you can take to shift your usage from on-peak to off-peak periods:
- Charge your electric vehicle during off-peak hours.
- Installing timers on water heaters, pool pumps, dehumidifiers and other equipment to make sure they are off during on-peak times.
- Postponing laundry and other activities that use electricity until off-peak hours.
- Shift use of non-essential electrical equipment to before or after on-peak hours.
- Turn off lights (ornamental or display lighting) when not in use during on-peak hours.
- Minimize the use of overhead lighting during on-peak pricing periods.
- Heating your home (with electric heat) accounts for more than 30 percent of an average home’s energy bill – the single biggest energy expense in your home. Set thermostats at 78 degrees Fahrenheit for cooling in the summer and 68 degrees Fahrenheit for heating in the winter, especially during on-peak hours.
- Turning the thermostat down about one degree saves about 2 percent on your electric heating bill. Turning it down five degrees saves about 10 percent.
What happens when my agreement ends?
- In PA: You will receive two notices from Green Mountain Energy explaining your renewal options: one about 45 days before the end of your term, and a second one about 30 days prior to the end of your term.
- In MD: You will receive one notice from Green Mountain Energy explaining your renewal options about 45 days prior to the end of your term.
What happens if I don’t take any action at the end of the program?
Prior to the end of your term, we will notify you of your renewal price options. If you do not respond to the notifications provided prior to the expiration date, you will receive notification at the end of your term for next steps on your plan.