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Electric and natural gas provider in Pennsylvania

For business

What is PECO?

Based in Philadelphia, PECO is Pennsylvania’s largest electric and natural gas utility. A subsidiary of Exelon Corp., PECO delivers power to more than 1.6 million electric customers and more than 511,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania, including the cities of Philadelphia, Chester, Coatesville, Lancaster and York. PECO got its start in 1881 as the Brush Electric Light Company of Philadelphia and incorporated as the Philadelphia Electric Company in 1902.

Understanding deregulation in Pennsylvania

Beginning 2000, utility customers in Pennsylvania have been able to choose their own electric supplier. Before that time, customers had to use the utility assigned to their area.

Deregulating the energy industry has increased competition among energy suppliers, giving Pennsylvanians many options, including lower rates and the ability to sign up for electricity without paying a deposit.

Before making the decision to switch service from a utility or a different supplier, there is much to learn to make sure you choose the best energy plan for you, while perhaps saving on your bill in the process.

What is PECO’s price to compare?

The price to compare is the rate per kilowatt-hour (kWh) you’re charged for your electricity supply. Knowing this figure makes it easier to shop for an electric supplier.

For residential customers, PECO’s price to compare is 6.405 cents per kWh. To check this rate against other electric providers, simply enter your ZIP code above.

Note: Regardless of the company you select to supply your electricity, PECO will continue to deliver it to your home via its lines and other infrastructure, and it will add a charge to your bill for that service. 

What is the difference between a utility and a supplier?

Utility companies deliver electricity to your home. These companies also maintain the electrical equipment and power lines. Suppliers provide the electricity to the utility companies. A utility may work with several suppliers in delivering energy to its customers, and it also in many cases generates its own electricity.

As a utility, PECO delivers electricity to your home from the supplier you choose. If you don’t choose a supplier, PECO becomes your electricity supplier.

Which suppliers are available in PECO’s service area?

There are a number of electricity suppliers in the PECO service area. Among them are Constellation Energy, Direct Energy, and Frontier Utilities Northeast. Rates per kWh vary by supplier and by plan, so be sure to research your options and investigate their price to compare rates before making a choice.

Contact PECO

At some point, you may want to contact PECO directly. This could be to report a power outage or downed power lines, or if you have a question on your transmission rates. There are three primary ways to reach the company:

  • PECO website
  • Outage phone number: 800-841-4141
  • Customer service phone number: 800-494-4000