PUC Alerts Consumers of June 1 Electric Price Changes; Urges Exploring Shopping & Conservation Options to #SaveinPA

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today alerted consumers that on June 1 most electric utilities will be adjusting electric generation prices charged to non-shopping, or default service, customers – and reminded them they have options to #SaveinPA this summer, including shopping with competitive electric generation suppliers (EGSs) and exploring energy efficiency and conservation measures around their home or business.

“The upcoming price changes, combined with the increased use of electricity that we typically see during the long, hot days of summer, make this a very good time for consumers to evaluate their energy options,” said PUC Chairman Gladys Brown Dutrieuille.

Consumers should be aware of the pending price changes and understand the rates they will be paying.  Additionally, they are encouraged to learn more about options for managing energy costs by exploring the Commission’s official electric shopping website, PAPowerSwitch.com, for details on competitive offers along with tips for energy conservation and savings.

June 1 “Price to Compare” Adjustments

All Pennsylvania regulated electric utilities are adjusting their Prices to Compare (PTCs) on June 1 for residential and small business non-shopping customers.  Customers not choosing a supplier continue to receive “default service” from the utility – with the utility setting a PTC per kilowatt hour (kWh) on a quarterly or semiannually basis.  The PUC approves a utility’s electric generation procurement plan, however, the PUC does not regulate the price of the generation portion of the electric bill which is driven by wholesale market factors.

The PTC averages 40% to 60% of the customer’s total utility bill.  However, this percentage varies by utility and by the level of individual customer usage.  Beginning June 1, EDCs that have adjusted their PTCs for residential default service customers include:

  • Citizens’ Electric, with an increase from 13.4248 to 13.8078 cents per kWh  (up 2.8%);
  • Duquesne Light, with an estimated increase from 11.25 to 11.45 cents per kWh (up 1.8%);
  • Met-Ed, with an increase from 9.991 to 10.24 cents per kWh (up 2.5%);
  • PECO, with an increase from 9.726 cents to 10.312 cents per kWh (up 6%);
  • Penelec, with an increase from 9.561 to 9.703 cents per kWh (up 1.5%);
  • Penn Power, with an increase from 10.439 to 10.556 cents per kWh (up 1.1%);
  • PPL, with a decrease from 14.612 to 12.126 cents per kWh (down 17%);
  • UGI, with a decrease from 12.54 to 11.084 cents per kWh (down 11.6%)
  • Wellsboro Electric, with a decrease from 12.816 to 12.393 cents per kWh (down 3.3%); and,
  • West Penn Power, with an increase from 8.228 to 9.929 cents per kWh (up 20.7%).