Pa. PUC Alerts Consumers of June 1 Price Changes for Electric Generation
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) yesterday alerted consumers that on June 1 most electric utilities will adjust electric generation prices charged to non-shopping, or default service, customers.
“The upcoming price changes, combined with the increase use of electricity that we typically see during the long, hot days of summer, makes this a very good time for consumers to evaluate their energy options,” said PUC Chairman Gladys M. Brown. “We encourage consumers to carefully review their electric bills, understand the rates they will be paying and explore the PUC’s official electric shopping website, PAPowerSwitch.com, for details on competitive offers, along with tips for energy conservation and savings.”
The default service price changes had been first reported by EnergyChoiceMatters.com (here and here)
The PUC said that, as of June 1, electric distribution companies with more notable changes in their PTCs include:
• PPL Electric, with an estimated increase from 7.439 cents to 8.493 cents per kWh, a 14.2 percent increase;
• Penn Power, with an estimated increase from 5.884 cents to 6.674 cents per kWh, a 13.4 percent increase;
• West Penn Power, with an estimated increase from 5.975 cents to 6.602 cents per kWh, a 10.5 percent increase;
• Wellsboro Electric, with an estimated increase from 6.931 cents to 8.192 cents per kWh, an 18.2 percent increase;
• Met-Ed, with an estimated decrease from 6.964 cents to 6.018 cents per kWh, a 13.6 percent decrease; and
• Citizens’ Electric, with an estimated decrease from 8.16 cents to 6.64 cents per kWh, an 18.6 percent decrease.
The PUC said that other electric utilities, including Duquesne Light, PECO and Penelec, will see only a slight change in their respective PTCs, though the Commission still encourages customers to explore their options in those service areas.
Chairman Brown noted that when generation prices change, consumers often see an increase in supplier offers being promoted via door-to-door sales in neighborhoods, over the phone, through the mail or online. She encouraged consumers to thoroughly review their options and understand all terms and conditions before entering into any supplier contract.
“We urge consumers to be aware of all their energy shopping options and make informed decisions based on their specific needs,” Chairman Brown said. “Shoppers can use the PUC’s official PAPowerSwitch.com website to confirm details of a particular offer and then compare that offer to others that may be available – helping make informed decisions about their energy supply.”