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Pennsylvania Residential Electric Rates

In Pennsylvania, you can choose your electricity and natural gas plan and supplier. More than 2.1 million households and over 250,000 businesses in the state already have made the switch. Now there’s reason for more customers to explore electricity deregulation – the PA Public Utilities Commission approved a rate increase for two state utilities. Starting January 1 PECO raised rates 1.2% and Duquesne Light 4.44%. It gets worse June 1: PPL Electric Utilities residential customers will pay 8% more.

In general, Pennsylvania customers should always be looking for ways to cut the electricity supply portion of their energy billls. That’s where ChooseEnergy.com can help. Enter your ZIP above to see whether you can find a cheaper supply rate to offset the likely increases in transmission and delivery costs.

Moving to Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania is among 15 states where residents may choose among competitive energy suppliers. This is called deregulation, and it means you don’t need to stay with your utility company. Providers compete for Pennsylvania customers on price, term length, plan type and percentage of renewable energy. Customers should evaluate each of these factors, and more, before deciding on energy plans. Events such as the price hikes listed above show why shopping for electricity suppliers is so important.

Enter your ZIP code above to see what’s available in your part of the state.

While suppliers may offer attractive rates, energy utilities in Pennsylvania are still responsible for delivering energy to your home and maintaining its infrastructure. In the event of an outage or service interruption, be sure to call your utility, which will be able to assist you and restore power.

Learn about electric prices in Pennsylvania before and after deregulation

Pennsylvanians were introduced to energy choice in 1997 by the Electricity Generation Choice and Competition Act, which allowed many energy customers the opportunity to stay with their utility company or switch to an alternative energy supplier. The law was passed to drive down energy prices through competition among suppliers and the utility.

Before 1997, all energy services were provided by the utility with prices regulated by the Public Utility Commission to match the wholesale price of energy – subject to change as often as once a month. Following the law’s passage, however, prices became “deregulated”, meaning alternative suppliers could provide energy supply at different rates than the PUC-approved price of energy.

A recent ChooseEnergy survey found that nearly 80 percent of Pennsylvanians are ignoring the chance to save by exercising energy choice. Don’t be one of those people blindly handing over your right to choose Pennsylvania energy providers. Enter your ZIP code above to see if you can find a better deal.

Fixed vs. Variable rate: Know your options

While shopping, you may notice there are two main types of plans. What’s the difference between fixed- and variable-rate electricity supply plans?

Variable-rate plans offer prices that change based on the retail price of energy; that’s similar to your utility’s pricing structure. These fluctuations can occur multiple times a year and could mean rate spikes during high energy-use seasons such as summer and winter.

Fixed-rate plans give you the peace of mind that comes with price protection for the length of your agreement. While shopping, you may notice fixed-rate plan prices are higher than those offered by variable-rate plans. This is because when you lock down a fixed-rate, you are taking seasonal fluctuations into account.

Benefits energy providers in Pennsylvania may offer

As far as plan options offered by your local utility go, you are not spoiled for choice. Energy companies in Pennsylvania offer one plan with little to no incentive – other than rebates for owning energy efficient appliances. Energy providers, on the other hand, might offer attractive benefits you didn’t know were available with your supply service.

One popular benefit to shopping with an alternative supplier is the opportunity to choose where your energy comes from by signing up for a green energy plan. This plan allows you to contribute up to 100 percent of your energy supply bill to renewable energy projects.

To find a plan that’s right for you, get started now by entering your ZIP code above.

Get familiar with the signup process

Once you’ve chosen the energy supply plan that is right for you, the hard part is over. The enrollment process requires only a few details to get your supply service started: your contact information, address and utility account number. You can find your utility account number on your utility bill on the top left corner under your name. After you’ve completed enrollment, your local utility company will be notified of the change and apply the new supply plan pricing to your next bill – no further action necessary. Enter your ZIP code above to get started now.

 

(Last updated 5/6/2019)

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