Find an electricity plan in Washington, D.C.

Direct Energy is a Washington, D.C. retail electricity supplier that makes it easy to find just what you’re looking for. We offer a wide range of energy plans and will be here to guide you toward the best fit. Enter your ZIP code to see plans available in your area.

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Good energy flows in Washington, D.C.

There’s no town like Old Town! Just like there’s no home quite like your home. No matter what kind of electricity plan you need to power it, we have something for you here. Simple, transparent plans and terms mean you’ll always know exactly what you’re getting with Direct Energy.  Enter your ZIP code above to get started.

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Exclusive Vivint savings 


Protect your whole home and your peace of mind with smart home security and automation solutions from Vivint. Eligible Direct Energy customers can enjoy exclusive savings on a new Vivint system. 

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Home protection plans 


Sooner or later, we all deal with common household repairs. From plumbing to appliances, we make it easy to prepare for the unexpected with home protection plans from NRG Protects. 

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Give $50. Get $50. Repeat. 

For every friend you refer who becomes a Direct Energy customer, you’ll both get a Direct Energy $50 Visa® Prepaid Card. There’s no limit to how many times you can refer and earn! 

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Better control over your usage 


Our simple online tools will help you monitor how much energy you use. With better insight into your usage, you can make smarter choices about managing it efficiently.

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Why Direct Energy?

With Direct Energy, you’ll get a straightforward approach to energy and home services. Through every step of your journey, we’re here with energy choices that put you in control.

Something for everyone

Choose from a variety of energy plans to find one that fits your needs. Not sure what you’re looking for? We’ll point you in the right direction.

Simple and direct

Count on us for straightforward energy plans and transparent pricing to make your energy experience a simple one.

A helping hand

We’re here for you during enrollment and throughout every step of your energy journey. Chat with us online or by phone to get the support you need.

Energy and beyond

Energy is just the beginning. Discover protection plans that cover common home repairs. Plus, get deals on home security and automation.

The big deal about energy choice

In Washington, D.C., you get to choose which company supplies your electricity. And that has its perks! Let’s explore more on energy choice.

Energy deregulation explained

In the old days, Washington, D.C. customers had little or no say in who powered their homes. People relied on a single utility company for electricity. Then, energy deregulation, or energy choice, changed the game.

It puts the power in your hands by giving you the ability to choose your electricity provider. Now, you aren’t stuck with limited options. You have the freedom to shop for the plans and rates that best fit your needs.

Energy choice has powerful benefits

Thanks to energy choice, retail energy companies (like us) compete for your business. A little healthy competition means you get to enjoy some great benefits! 

  • More plan options
  • Opportunity to shop for competitive rates
  • Extra products and services
  • A personalized energy experience

Here’s how energy choice works in Washington, D.C.

1. Producers

They generate electricity and natural gas and sell it to suppliers.

2. Suppliers

Suppliers like Direct Energy purchase energy to meet your needs and give you options your utility doesn't.

3. You

You get to choose your energy supplier and a plan that makes the most sense for you. 

4. Delivery

Your local utility company continues to deliver energy to your home and handle your bill. Direct Energy will be listed on your bill as your supplier.

Meet your Washington, D.C. utility company

After switching to Direct Energy, your local utility company still manages the flow of energy to your home and handles billing. Meet the major player in Washington, D.C.:


What kind of energy plan is right for you? 

When you’re shopping for electricity plans in Washington, D.C., energy choice means you’ll have lots of options to choose from. We have a little something for everyone, so it’s easy to find what you need. Here are a few plan types you might encounter:

Fixed-rate plans


With a fixed-rate plan, you’ll pay the same rate every month for the duration of your contract, even if prices increase. That means more predictable monthly bills, no surprise rate changes, and long-term price stability.

Renewable energy plans


Doing good for the planet can be as simple as choosing a renewable energy plan, where electricity is generated from renewable sources like wind and solar. If renewable energy plans are available in your area, you can use them to support renewable energy innovation, contributing to a cleaner and greener future for all.

Variable-rate plans


Craving more flexibility? With a variable-rate plan, the price you pay for electricity can go up or down from month to month. 

Plans with extras


Sometimes, you may come across an energy plan offering a little something extra. Be on the lookout for plans with special perks like an Amazon Prime membership — on us!

D.C. has energy like no other

As the epicenter of American politics and power (the other kind), D.C. is the perfect place to go if you want to see our nation’s past and present on full display. History comes alive in the many proud monuments dotting the city while, just around the corner, political leaders make decisions that affect us here and now. Old Town is a completely unique experience in its own right, and we’re proud to power it!

History and facts

  • Each spring D.C. comes alive with the blooming of cherry blossoms, a gift from Japan in 1912. The National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates this annual event with parades, cultural performances and fireworks. 
  • Washington, D.C. is home to over 70 museums and galleries, including the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum complex.  
  • First dog? First cat? Boring. Herbert Hoover and John Quincy Adams both kept alligators at the White House. 
  • 175 foreign embassies are based in D.C., making it one of the most diplomatic cities in the world. Embassy Row, located on Massachusetts Avenue, is lined with the official residences of foreign ambassadors. 
  • The oldest fish market in the country is found in D.C.  The Main Avenue Fish Market opened in 1805 and is still going strong today.

Businesses and industry

  • Given its status as the nation's capital, it’s no surprise that Washington, D.C. is a hub for government contracting. Thousands of businesses, large and small, provide goods and services to various federal agencies, from defense and cybersecurity to healthcare and technology. 
  • Millions of visitors make their way to D.C. each year to explore its historic landmarks, museums and cultural attractions. That means tourism and hospitality are big businesses, driving significant growth in the local economy.  
  • The city’s thriving non-profit sector is made up of thousands of organizations dedicated to various causes, including education, healthcare, social services and environmental conservation. These non-profit organizations contribute to the city's social fabric and provide valuable services to residents and communities. 
  • Washington, D.C. hosts numerous international organizations, including the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Organization of American States. These organizations contribute to the city's global influence and provide opportunities for international collaboration and diplomacy.

Frequently asked questions

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It depends on your utility's timeframe to process requests to switch, but it usually takes up to 1-2 billing cycles.

We don’t charge enrollment fees. However, some utilities and suppliers may charge a switching fee when you sign up with a new supplier. Check with them for more information. 

Give us a call, email us or chat with us online through our website. We’re always happy to help. Check out our Contact Us page for detailed contact information. 

Direct Energy and your utility work together to provide services for your specific area. Direct Energy is a competitive electricity supplier. You can shop for your own energy plans with suppliers like us to find the right rate and plan for you.

Your local utility is responsible for delivering electricity to your home and reading your electricity meter. They are also responsible for sending your electricity bills. In some areas, your utility may also compete in the market, selling its own rates and plans to customers.  

In the event of a power outage, contact your local utility company. Their contact information is typically found on your electricity bill.

Yes! In select markets, customers can choose renewable energy plans that empower them to support environmentally friendly energy sources like wind or solar.

Opting for a renewable energy plan helps reduce carbon emissions and supports the development of sustainable energy sources, contributing to a cleaner and greener future.

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