A competitive energy supplier is a company that is certified by a state’s public utility commission to generate or deliver natural gas and/or electricity to local distribution companies (utility companies). They are separate entities from the utility companies. They focus mainly on energy supply only. The competitive energy suppliers compete with each other to provide energy to you. This competition drives the costs down and passes the saving to you. While the Public Utility Commission has established consumer protection requirements that competitive energy suppliers must follow. The rates offered by energy suppliers are not regulated by the Commission.