On March 1, 2013 PP&L raised their price to compare electric rate by an average of 13% for small and medium size businesses. The price to compare is the default rate that PPL customers pay for generation and transmission service who have not entered into a competitive electricity agreement with a competitive power supplier. Through Pennsylvania electricity choice businesses have the ability to shop for competitive electric rates than can offer substantial savings versus the PPL utility default rate.
As the state’s second largest electric utility, the rate increase imposed by PP&L will effect a large number of businesses throughout central Pennsylvania. Roughly 90,000 businesses in the area will see their electric rate increase to $0.1039 (10.39 cents) per KWh. Meanwhile competitive rates for business consumers spending over $600 a month are as low as $0.082 (8.2 cents) which can provide savings of 17.5% once the gross receipts tax is factored.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission reports that 47% of commercial customers in the PP&L service area are still on the price to compare rate structure. All of these customers should take immediate action and find a low fixed electric rate that will provide lower PP&L electric bills. Low PP&L electric rates will offer immediate savings versus the default rate and also protect the business customer from further potential price hikes that can take effect as early as June.
Compare low PP&L business electric rates below. Simply choose your utility (PPL) and your average monthly electric bill. You will then be given a matrix that will let you compare fixed electric rates by term and start month.
Electricity competition in the state of Pennsylvania has created a robust marketplace where dozens of licensed power suppliers compete with one another for customers of all sizes. As the state’s largest utility, PECO Energy has more electricity companies offering competitive rates to their customers than any other utility in Pennsylvania. Competitive prices have allowed more than two million customers to save on their monthly PECO Energy bills.
PECO Energy delivers power to more than 1.6 million customers in southeastern Pennsylvania in an area that includes Philadelphia. While true electricity choice is only three years old in the PECO service area, competitive power companies have been successful in enrolling over 33% of the residential class in the area and 50% of commercial customers. As is often true with new energy choice markets, business customers were first take advantage of competitive prices offering savings against higher default supply rates. As more and more businesses have become familiar with power shopping, competitive suppliers began offering service to the 1.4 million residential customer pool.
The combination of competing companies and high default rates have made finding low electric rates in PECO an easy task for those willing to spend a few minutes learning about their options. By finding a fixed rate that is lower than the PECO price to compare default rate, a customer is easily able to see the savings on their monthly PECO electric bills. Consumers who are wanting to save on their PECO Energy bills simply have to shop for competitive prices.
The cold winter of 2013-2014 has resulted in a jump in wholesale energy prices across the country. Rising oil, coal, and natural gas prices have caused higher electricity prices for suppliers, and those suppliers have passed the expense on to their customers where possible.
Many electricity customers in energy choice markets have enrolled in variable rate plans over the last few years. Electricity companies offering variable rates often entice new customers into their service by offering a low teaser rate that shows impressive savings against the utility default rate for the first month. However, with time the variable electric rate inches up month after month, or rapidly if the energy markets see a big spike forcing electricity companies to pass the higher prices onto their customers.
In January and February many electricity customers of North American Power, Energy Plus, and Systrum Energy are seeing their bills double, and in some cases triple, do to skyrocketing variable electric rates. These electricity companies, and others, have attracted customers in over the last several years offering “no contracts” and rewards programs. However, as many consumers are finding out, not having a contract in place can be a costly mistake. Despite rising energy prices, consumers who have elected to enter into fixed electric rate contracts are not being hurt as their rates are locked for a specific term.
Electricity customers who are on variable rate plans should start shopping for fixed electric rates as soon as possible. If you are on a variable rate and haven’t gotten your bill yet it would be a good idea to call your supplier and get an estimate of how much the electric bill will be. Once you receive the electric bill, switching suppliers at that point will guarantee that you receive at least one more bill from your current supplier.
Power companies who have taken notice to the success of electric choice in Pennsylvania’s largest cities are now targeting the smaller towns by offering competitive rates and instant bill savings. The Metropolitan Edison Company is the fourth largest electric utility in the state of Pennsylvania delivering power to more than 550,000 power users, all of whom are outside of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Meted customers have seen a surge in electricity competitive rate offers as power companies continue to enter the area looking for new customers.
The competitive power companies have been successful in their marketing efforts to Meted customers. Over the last year the residential switch percentage, the number of customers who are purchasing their power from a competitive supplier in relation to the total number of Meted residential customers, has surged to 35.9% as reported by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. The Meted switch rate is actually higher than the 32% switch rate of Pennsylvania’s largest electric utility, PECO Energy, where power companies have spent more efforts on gaining customers.
Residential customers in the Meted service area are learning that can save money on their monthly Meted electric bills by shopping for competitive low electric rates. Customers who do not shop for competitive rates pay a default electric rate through Meted. Though the Meted default rate recently went down, competitive rates in the area still remain lower. The majority of power companies offering service to Meted customers offer consolidated billing which means that the customer continue to receive the same familiar electric bill from Meted even after they switch.
A list of some of the more competitive rate offerings for Meted residential customers is below. Rate offers are updated daily.