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PUC Warns of Higher Electric Bills in PA

This past winter was definitely a doozy, and if we never encounter another polar vortex again, it’ll be too soon.  Now that we’ve finally thawed out, we can look forward to warmer weather (and steady electric rates!).  Well, maybe not everyone.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) has warned residents who obtain their electric generation supply from their utility that prices will soon rise.  As stated on its website, “As of June 1, 2014, customers of Duquesne Light, Met-Ed, Penelec, Penn Power, and West Penn Power will see their generation rate increase between 20% and 50%.”

Image courtesy of Pennsylvania PUC

Although these price hikes are imminent, there could be a way to avoid them.  “If you have not chosen a competitive supplier, now may be a good time to do so because the price of electricity from the utilities is estimated to increase by as much as 50 percent for some customers,” advises Robert Powelson, Chairman of the PUC.  “Before the heat of summer brings increased electric usage, now is the time for customers to again take stock of their electric bills, review their generation rate and shop for a better price or price stability.”

If you decide to heed Powelson’s advice, talk with your energy consultant and learn about the other options available to you.  Or click here to get started on your own.

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  • Sue

    Great article! Very informative and to the point.