Surety Bonds for Energy Brokers

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Deregulating the Energy Industry

Some states (like New Jersey and Pennsylvania) deregulate electricity and/or natural gas consumption. This allows consumers to choose their own energy providers. Other states (like Minnesota and Utah) are regulated, meaning consumers don’t have an option. The government selects their energy provider and rates for them.

In deregulated states, consumers can hire energy consultants or brokers to connect them with affordable energy providers.

What is an energy broker?

Energy brokers and consultants act as intermediaries between consumers and energy providers. Consumers can hire brokers to help them find the best deals available in their area. Brokers can negotiate with energy providers to score better rates for their customers.

Energy brokers don’t sell or distribute energy directly to consumers. Instead, they devise a plan to help their customers save money by negotiating deals with energy providers.

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Quick Takeaways

  • Some states deregulate electricity and natural gas consumption, allowing consumers to choose their energy providers.
  • Energy brokers and consultants act as intermediaries between consumers and energy providers.
  • Deregulated states often require energy brokers to post surety bonds as part of the licensing process.
  • Required bond amounts may fall between $5,000 and $10,000.

What is an energy broker bond?

Deregulated states often require energy brokers to post surety bonds as part of the licensing process. Energy broker bonds protect the public by ensuring brokers and consultants comply with state laws and regulations. To avoid claims against their bonds, energy brokers must abide by their contractual obligations.

If you wish to operate your business in more than one state, you may need a separate license (and surety bond) for each location.

How do energy broker bonds work?

Energy broker bonds are three-party agreements between a surety, an obligee, and a principal.

  1. Principal: The energy broker
  2. Obligee: The state requiring the bond
  3. Surety: The bond underwriter

Each state that requires this bond may have specific conditions for energy brokers. Make sure you review and understand your state’s requirements. If you want to operate in multiple states, you must obtain a separate license and bond for each one.

If you don’t meet the terms of your bond contract, someone may file a claim against your bond for damages. If the claim is valid, your surety may cover the costs involved – up to the total bond amount. Then you will need to repay them.

This will largely depend on the bond amount required in your state. Typically, energy brokers may pay between 1-5% of the total bond amount as their premium. If you have an excellent credit score, you could pay a lower rate than those with poor credit.

Here are some of the states that may require this bond. Bond amounts usually fall between $5,000 and $10,000.

  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • Ohio

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