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Is this website still active?
While I try to keep this website up and running, I haven't had the time to maintain the list of plans as much as I'd like.
At this point, Power to Choose gives reasonably good results, to the point where Awesome Power doesn't offer as much value as it used to. Generally, the cheapest plans on Power to Choose will be similar to the ones shown on Awesome Power.
How much does this website cost to use?
Awesome Power is free to use and always will be.
Can we see the calculations used in the results?
Yep! Awesome Power is open source; check out the codebase here.
Below are the distributions for each of the low, mid, and high usage profiles.
Basically, for each plan, we calculate the plan’s cost at every kWh from 1 to 5000, then multiply that cost by the weight (the number on the y-axis). We then sum up all of those weighted costs to get an expected cost for that usage profile.
Why don’t the results include plan XYZ?
The most challenging and time-consuming part of maintaining Awesome Power is collecting the complete pricing profile for every plan. Every night, we retrieve a list of all of the plans on Power To Choose. However, this list only tells us each plan’s cost at 500, 1000, and 2000 kWh. In order for Awesome Power to work, we need to know the cost at every kWh, which you can only determine from the Electricity Facts Label (EFL) for that plan. The EFL does not have a standard format, so we try to figure out the different rates and charges by collecting all of the numbers visible on the EFL, and applying the numbers to one of the known cost functions for that provider. This process is entirely automated.
We get the pricing profile for most of the plans this way, but many EFLs are tough to interpret, and we have no choice but to leave that plan off of the results.