Florida has been considering deregulating its electricity market—a controversial topic in recent months. If you live in the Sunshine State, you’ve probably heard the buzz about implementing an energy choice market.

Texas, Oregon, California, and several other states (particularly in the eastern part of the country) have already been experimenting with various levels of electricity deregulation. In Texas, about 85% of consumers can choose where they get their electricity from.

What does this mean for Florida residents? Some stakeholders assert that it will bring consumers freedom and benefit your pocketbook. Others fear the risks associated with revamping the existing electricity system. Read on to learn about Florida’s electricity choice proposal and how it could affect people throughout the state.

The State of the Debate

Currently, groups like Citizens for Energy Choices and Florida for Energy Freedom are advocating for an amendment to the state’s constitution that would allow for consumer choice of electricity utility.

If the amendment passes, electricity utilities will continue to own and manage transmission and distribution channels, but they will no longer own the power plants. Other companies will purchase those power generation plants, or create new ones, and sell power to consumers.

The choice is ultimately in the hands of consumers. In 2020, Florida voters could decide whether their state becomes an electricity choice state—if the initiative makes it onto the ballet. For that to happen, it needs 766,200 signatures, and as of early July, it had almost half that number. 

The ballot initiative is calledRight to Competitive Energy Market for Customers of Investor-Owned Utilities.”

Benefits

In a deregulated market, providers compete to offer the lowest price, which can benefit consumers financially (at least in theory). Each company then strives to produce electricity in the most cost-effective way in order to offer the best bargain.

In Texas, the average price of residential electricity has plummeted by over 23% between 2008 and 2017.

In such markets, consumers can also choose which type of energy to rely on, opting for renewables over fossil fuels. Thus, they can support the transition to cleaner energy, directly benefiting their environment, health, and the climate. For this reason, an electricity choice market can be attractive to environmental groups. 

Further, a broader array of organizations and individuals could sell power to the grid. The SunSentinel notes that a Florida farmer could decide to install a solar array to sell the energy it produces, which encourages smaller-scale renewable development, benefits local economies, and promotes energy independence.

Criticisms

Opponents of deregulation assert that it hasn’t worked out as planned in other states due to the complexity of revamping the system. According to Tom Feeney, head of Associated Industries of Florida, the changes would put energy production in the hands of new companies that don’t have experience navigating challenges that Florida’s utilities must contend with, such as hurricanes. This would bring great risk and financial burden to consumers. Utilities assert that the changes will drive prices up by putting power production in the hands of inexperienced corporations.

Will Floridians decide to deregulate their electricity market in favor of energy choice? Stay tuned to the debate on this issue to learn how it resolves in the coming months.

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Learn why the Swagtron is the ideal fold-up scooter for urban commuters.

Electric scooters are all the rage these days. Not only do they offer a cool alternative to your day-to-day commute and drastically cut down on your transport expenses; they also provide tons of health benefits to their users. On top of these advantages, an electric scooter lets you help save the environment by reducing your contribution to the harmful carbon emissions.

Although every person has a different set of requirements, the majority of electric scooter users utilize the vehicle for their urban commute. Among the options out in the market today, the Swagtron High Speed Electric Scooter perfectly fits the bill for the needs of an average daily commuter.

To help you decide whether this electric scooter is a good fit for you, here are the pros and cons of the Swagtron High Speed Electric Scooter.

Pros

  • One of the major advantages of the Swagtron High Speed Electric Scooter is its portability. Since it’s a fold-up scooter, you can easily stash it in the trunk of your car or even under subway seats. It also won’t take up much space in your home as it’s collapsible and can easily fit in compact spaces like tight closets.
  • This e-scooter has a 250W electric hub motor that can propel its users to up to 18 miles (29 kilometers) per hour. It can also handle inclines as steep as 20 degrees.
  • The Swagtron High Speed Electric Scooter comes at a reasonable price point, especially considering its sturdy aluminum alloy frame build, which helps it withstand rough rides. The fact that it can last years with daily use makes it a great investment for any urban commuter.
  • This electric scooter boasts an advanced airless honeycomb rear tire technology, which allows the rider to conquer bumpy or uneven terrain. The Swagtron’s ABS e-brakes or rear disc brakes also guarantee that this electric scooter’s stopping is smooth and reliable.
  • The Swagtron High Speed Electric Scooter is easy to use as it requires no additional setup aside from the need to charge the Li-ion battery for three hours. It’s a ride-and-go vehicle that anyone can use without prior training.

Cons

  • Because the electric scooter’s tires are specifically designed for Swagtron brand units, only the company can provide replacements in case of damage.
  • While the Swagtron High Speed Electric Scooter can handle uphill climbs, it’s not the best option for this kind of terrain. If you do use it for this, you should expect a reduction in speed compared to using it on a flat surface.

Final Thoughts

Electric scooters are great alternatives to cars, especially for urban commuters. Given the horrendous state of traffic in most cities, these three-wheeled vehicles can provide users with a hassle- and stress-free commute to and from work or school. Also, the fact that’s it’s a fold-up scooter makes it extremely easy to maintain and store. 

While all these benefits of owning an electric scooter sound exciting and promising, keep in mind that not all electric scooters are created equal. Before you decide which one to purchase, take the time to evaluate your options. Once you have done that, make sure that your needs match the benefits offered by the electric scooter you intend to buy.

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rate-increase-signHigher summer electricity bills have become all too familiar for PPL residential customers over the last several years. 2019 will be more of the same as the central Pennsylvania utility has again announced a rate increase that will go into effect on the first of June. PPL, the second largest utility in the state, released the auction results that determine the default rate for their residential customer pool.

PPL’s current residential Price to Compare, which has been in effect since December 1, 2018, will jump from $0.07039 to the higher price of $0.07585 on June 1, 2019. The higher price represents a 7.8% increase on the supply price and will be seen on PPL electric bills that start arriving in customer’s mailboxes and email inboxes in early July. The new rate will stay in effect through the end of November.

Higher summer electricity bills can be avoided for default paying customers by simply searching for and comparing competitive PPL electricity rates. Price to Compare rates do not effect customers who are receiving their power supply from a third party competitive supplier. Pennsylvania electricity choice allows customers to choose competitive rate plans and replace the PPL default rate with the alternative supplier’s electricity price.

Data obtained from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s energy choice website reveals that currently only 39.7% of PPL residential customers are receiving their power from a competitive Pennsylvania electricity supplier. This data concludes that there are roughly 700,000 residential customers on the PPL Price to Compare who can avoid the price increase that will take place on June first by finding a lower fixed rate.

Competitive PPL electricity rates are available below. In addition to plans offering lower prices than the default rate, many plans are offering renewable energy or “green energy” options that allow customers to purchase electricity generated from cleaner sources such as the wind, sun, or hydro. All suppliers below are licensed by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.


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After a year of sub-par prices, competitive New Jersey electricity suppliers have lowered their rate offers in the JCPL service area. Several electricity companies have focused their attention to JCPL residential customers who are on the default utility rate service and customers who are on competitive rate plans that are about to expire. The JCPL basic generation service rate has been fixed since October 1, 2018 and will not change until June 1, 2019. The current price is $0.102258 per KWh, which is substantially higher than the lowest JCPL competitive rates. Even though the default rate will change on June 1, now is as good as time as ever to shop and compare for New Jersey electricity rates in the JCPL area.

Choosing a competitive electricity supplier can benefit consumers at anytime of the year. The key is to find a competitive rate that is lower than the utility default rate which will provide guaranteed savings on the electric bill; a scenario that currently exists for JCPL customers. While historically wholesale energy prices are lower in the fall and spring, the summer and winter months often provide great opportunities for electricity shoppers looking to save money. Competitive electric suppliers already have future weather projections built into their rates so anytime can be a good time to shop and choose the best electric rate.

In addition to prices that are below the basic generation service rate, many New Jersey electricity suppliers are offering green energy rates to JCPL customers. Selecting a green energy plan causes JCPL to purchase the amount of power that you consume during the term of the contract from electricity generation sources that are deemed green or environmentally friendly such as wind, solar, and hydro power. In the past these green energy plans usually cost a premium to the customer. Currently some JCPL supplier are offering the green energy option to their lowest priced rates.

While the JCPL basic generation service rate for the summer of 2019 is currently unknown, it is likely going to be higher than many of the low competitive rate options being offered. The summer JCPL default rate will go into effect on June 1, 2019 and remain in effect through the end of September. The actual price will be announced sometime in early May.


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Compare United Illuminating Prices Online

March 28, 2019

United Illuminating residential customers who have grown tired of rising standard electricity supply rates are turning to competitive prices to lower their monthly power bills.  With the United Illuminating standard default rate changing twice a year and being unpredictable, long term fixed competitive rates have gained in popularity.  The problem that many first time shoppers […]

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Western Massachusetts Businesses Battle Increasing Electricity Bills

March 4, 2019

Business customers in the western part of Massachusetts who receive their electric bill from Eversource Energy have started to feel the effects of a large rate increase that took effect at the beginning of the year. On January 1, 2019 Eversource Energy enacted a rate increase on their small business default rate. The default rate […]

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Solar Pathway Lights: An Easy, Elegant Outdoor Lighting Solution

January 27, 2019

Setting up these little lights is a snap, and they deliver day after day. We set out to find a lighting solution that’s energy-efficient, elegant, and easy to set up, and we found the Maggift solar lights fit the bill perfectly. These lights are super environmentally friendly – they naturally don’t produce emissions as they […]

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Lowest CLP Eversource Rates versus 2019 Standard Service Rates

December 17, 2018

Competition in electricity rates is alive and well throughout Connecticut as we head into 2019. Both major utilities in the state, Eversource Energy and United Illuminating, have announced large price increases in their default standard service rates that will likely result in an increase in shopping activity amongst all customer rate classes. After a rough […]

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Compare National Grid MA Rates to Offset Default Price Increase

November 30, 2018

On November 1, 2018 the basic service rate offered by National Grid to Massachusetts residential customers increased by a baffling 26.2%. Basic service is a default rate that National Grid charges to those customers for electricity generation supply who have not elected to purchase their power from a competitive electricity supplier. Residential customers can save […]

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How Do I Stop the JCPL Rate Increase

September 28, 2018

New Jersey electricity customers who receive service from Jersey Central Power & Light (JCPL), and who are on the utility’s default generation plan, will experience a sharp rate increase beginning on the first of October 2018. The default rate, known as the basic generation service charge, changes twice annually and is derived by a series […]

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