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No matter who you choose to buy energy from, your local utility will continue to deliver your electricity and/or gas and respond to service interruptions and outages. You will still pay your utility for these services. Depending on your area, you can choose to receive a single bill from your utility listing your utility delivery charges and competitive supply charges, or separate bills from the utility and alternate energy provider.  The information on this page was last updated on June 7, 2011.  Please be sure to get accurate and up-to-date information before making any decision.


  

Residential Electricity:

Pennsylvania's Public Utility Commission explains electrical choice and lists alternative suppliers at...

www.PAPowerSwitch.com



The Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate prepares and publishes a number of "Shopping Guides" for residential electricity consumers. This free information is very valuable.  We strongly recommend that you click on the link below and review the information before making any decision.


Office of Consumer Advocate Shopping Guides

ELECTRICITY


There are a number of choices for residential consumers in the state of Pennsylvania.  Please follow the links below to compare rates and switch plans.  Contact us directly at 310-619-3055 if you have any questions. 

Allegheny Power (West Penn Power)

     CLICK HERE TO COMPARE ALL RATES

     ACN

     FirstEnergy Solutions - 6.7¢ (fixed)

     Palmco Power PA - 6.49¢ (variable)

     Planet Energy - 6.9¢ (variable)


Duquesne Power & Light - 9.33¢

     CLICK HERE TO COMPARE ALL RATES

     Dominion Energy - 7.49¢ (fixed)

     FirstEnergy Solutions - 7.19¢ (fixed)

     Lower Energy Rates Now

     North American Power - 6.49¢ (Teaser rate - read the fine print)

     Palmco Power PA - 7.28¢ (variable)

     Starion - (coming soon)

     TriEagle - 7.18¢ (fixed)

     Viridian - 8.99¢


Metro Edison (Met-Ed) - 8.24¢

     CLICK HERE TO COMPARE ALL RATES

     Bid My Electricity Rate - (coming soon)

     Lower Energy Rates Now

     Palmco Power, LLC - 7.43¢


Pennnsylvania Electric Co. (PenElec) - 6.98¢

     CLICK HERE TO COMPARE ALL RATES

     Bid My Electricity Rate - (coming soon)

     First Energy Solutions - 6.95¢

     Lower Energy Rates Now


Penn Power & Light (PPL) - 8.774¢ (CLICK HERE)

     CLICK HERE TO COMPARE ALL RATES

     ACN

     Ambit Energy

     Bid My Electricity Rate - (coming soon)

     Champion Energy Services , LLC - 8.48¢

          Champion Energy Connect-A-Friend

     Consumer Choice Marketing - 8.99¢

     Dominion Energy Solutions - 8.34¢

     Energy Cruncher

     Gateway Energy Services - 8.99¢

     Ignite (Stream) Energy - 8.99¢

     Low Cost Power - 8.99¢ (plus $50 cash back rebate)

     Lower Energy Rates Now

     MXenergy - 8.99¢

     North American Power - 8.49¢ (Teaser rate - read the fine print)

     Spark Energy - 8.48¢

     Starion - 7.99¢

     Viridian - 8.75¢
  

 
PECO
10.42¢/11.69¢

     CLICK HERE TO COMPARE ALL RATES

     ACN

     Ambit Energy

     Bid My Electricity Rate - (coming soon)

     Consumer Choice Marketing - 8.99¢

     Direct Energy - 9.59¢

     Ignite (Stream) Energy - 9.10¢ 

     Gateway Energy Services - 9.9¢

     Low Cost Power - 8.99¢ (plus $50 cash back rebate)

     Lower Energy Rates Now

     MXenergy - 9.99¢

     North American Power - 8.99¢ (Teaser rate - read the fine print)

     Palmco Power PA - 8.49¢

     Spark Energy - 9.59¢

     Starion - 8.99¢

     Viridian - 9.99¢


     PECO Residential Comparison Chart (May 5, 2011)



Commercial Electricity:

 

Duquesne

     CLICK HERE For a Custom Price Quote

     North American Power - 6.49¢ (teaser rate - read the fine print)

     Viridian - 8.99¢


     Starion - (coming soon)



Metro Edison (Met-Ed)

     CLICK HERE For a Custom Price Quote

     Bid My Electricity Rate (coming soon)


     Energy Market Exchange (EMEX)
          Under $2,000 per month
          $2,000 - $5,000
          Over $5,000

     Lower Energy Rates Now

   


Pennnsylvania Electric Co. (PenElec)

     CLICK HERE For a Custom Price Quote

     Bid My Electricity Rate (coming soon)

     Energy Market Exchange (EMEX)
          Under $2,000 per month
          $2,000 - $5,000
          Over $5,000

    
Lower Energy Rates Now



Penn Power & Light (PPL) - 13.028¢ (CLICK HERE)

     CLICK HERE For a Custom Price Quote

     Bid My Electricity Rate (coming soon)

     Energy Market Exchange (EMEX)
          Under $2,000 per month
          $2,000 - $5,000
          Over $5,000

    
Low Cost Power - 8.99¢ (plus $50 cash back rebate)

     Lower Energy Rates Now

     North American Power - 8.49¢ (teaser rate - read the fine print)


    
Starion - 7.99¢

     Viridian - 8.75¢

    


PECO

     CLICK HERE For a Custom Price Quote

     Bid My Electricity Rate (coming soon)      

     Energy Market Exchange (EMEX)
          Under $2,500 per month
          $2,500 - $5,000
          Over $5,000

    
Low Cost Power - 8.99¢ (plus $50 cash back rebate)

     Lower Energy Rates Now

     North American Power - 8.99¢ (teaser rate - read the fine print)


     Starion - 8.99¢


     Viridian - 9.99¢



Pike County Light & Power

If you are a business that uses over 25,000 kWh per month, we can definitely help you obtain competitive rate quotes to help you lower your electricity costs.  Please contact us directly at 310-619-3055





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Electric:

Pennsylvania is currently in the middle of a transition to electric competition for most customers.

With landmark legislation in 1996, Pennsylvania became one of the first states to give customers an opportunity to choose their energy provider.

Pennsylvania's utilities sold their power plants to open the market to competition, and now only own the transmission and distribution wires, while also providing "backstop" power to customers who have not chosen an alternative provider. 

Customers can choose to receive their electricity supply from their utility, or an alternate energy provider.  With the move to competition, the utilities have separated service into two parts:

  • Regulated distribution of power, which is still only provided by the utilities
  • Supply of the electric commodity, which is open to competition

Customers who do not choose an alternate electric provider receive default service from the utility. In some parts of the state, utilities buy default service power through competitive auctions, including at Duquesne Light, Penn Power, UGI Utilities, Pike County Light and Power, Wellsboro Electric, and Citizens Electric. Rate caps have expired in these areas.

Most power for residential and small business customers will be bought through competitive auctions on a rotating basis, with a mix of long-term supply contracts and spot market purchases. This mixing of contracts is meant to mitigate power price volatility; however, it can add a risk premium to prices due to hedging power on a long-term basis. Additionally, since contracts have mixed lengths, decreases in power prices won't be seen right away, because some higher price contracts will remain in effect. Customers can avoid the risk premium, and take advantage of falling prices faster, by choosing an alternative energy provider.

For larger businesses, default service supply will be bought on the wholesale spot market, with prices changing hourly. To avoid these volatile hourly prices, large businesses can contract for a fixed price with an alternative energy provider.

Customers who choose an alternate energy provider still have their power delivered to them by their utility, and contact their utility for all outage reporting. Customers can choose to receive either a single bill from their utility for their delivery service and energy supply service, or can receive two bills, one from each company.


  

Residential Natural Gas:

The Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate prepares and publishes a number of "Shopping Guides" for residential natural gas consumers. This free information is very valuable.  We strongly recommend that you click on the link below and review the information before making any decision.


Office of Consumer Advocate Shopping Guides

NATURAL GAS



Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania

    
Direct Energy

     MXenergy - 77.9¢





Commercial Natural Gas: 

Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania

     Tiger Natural Gas

     CLICK HERE For a Custom Price Quote



Dominion Peoples

     Tiger Natural Gas



Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW)

     CLICK HERE For a Custom Price Quote



UGI Gas Services

     CLICK HERE For a Custom Price Quote

     Tiger Natural Gas

    



We may be able to assist commercial customers in other areas obtain competitive price quotes to help lower your natural gas expenses.  Simply fax your natural gas bill to 888-505-3661 for a competitive price quote to see if we can help you save money on natural gas. Contact us directly at 310-619-3055 if you have any questions. 




Pennsylvania Natural Gas Utilities:

  • Andreassi Gas Co.
  • Chambersburg Electric and Gas
  • Chartiers Natural Gas Co.
  • Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania
  • Equitable Gas Co.
  • Honesdale Gas Co.
  • PECO Energy
  • Peoples Natural Gas Co.
  • Philadelphia Gas Works
  • PPL Gas Utilities
  • UGI Penn Natural Gas
  • Valley Energy



 











































































































 

Natural Gas:

The Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission has reformed the natural gas industry to give customers a chance to shop for lower natural gas rates. Starting in 1999, the gas utilities started a process to open their service areas to allow customers to choose a different company to supply them with their gas supply. 

PECO, Columbia Gas, Dominion Peoples Gas, Equitable Gas, National Fuel Gas, Philadelphia Gas Works, UGI Central Penn Gas (PPL Gas), UGI Penn Natural Gas, UGI Utilities-Gas Division and TW Phillips Gas and Oil Co. currently offer gas choice. Customers choosing an alternate gas supplier will still have their gas supply delivered by the local utility, but customers will be buying their gas supply from a new company.

Customers can choose to receive their gas supply from their utility, or an alternate gas provider.  A customer's natural gas bill has been separated into two parts:

  • Regulated distribution of gas, which is still only provided by the utility
  • Supply of the gas commodity, which is open to competition


If customers do not shop for an alternate gas supplier, they receive default supply service, or sales service, from their utility. Under default supply service, customers pay a supply charge composed of a "Commodity Charge" and a supply tracker called a "Gas Cost Rate" or "Gas Cost Adjustment Charge" to compensate the utility for arranging for their supply. Combined, these charges equal a "price to compare," which can be used as a benchmark to compare utility supply service and supply service from an alternate natural gas supplier.

The various components of the utility supply charge can change throughout the year, meaning customers do not have price protection and can be exposed to volatile swings in monthly prices. Customers can avoid wild swings in the gas supply charge by contracting with an alternative gas supplier.


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