I cannot believe that Nicor would put their name, their ethics and their corporate integrity on such a shoddy rip-off.
This is not capitalism, this is clear theft by deception. No less
I compared the last 4 years of therms/cost for my townhouse from Nicor (parent) and the therm/cost from this shoddy little store front called "NAE" that they have set up on the side. For "protection" from the rising cost of energy, I would have paid an additional $125.00/year, every year for 4 years.
Protection from what? Spending that money on something I really needed.
The scam is in the verbage. They use words and phrases like "protection" and "peace of mind" to lead you into believing that you are somehow in better control of costs.
Don't believe it for a second.
Their "locked" rates are set so high that costs would have to literally explode before your "protection" materializes, and don't even expect to keep that locked-in rate next contract year if energy costs begin to rise. Also note that their "delivery" rates are higher than the parent. Same pipes, same meter, same gas... you simply pay more to get it on your NAE bill.