Electricity Providers

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.


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Electricity choice is pushing prices down for the majority of residences in Ohio. Several years ago Ohio passed energy restructuring laws that allowed for competitive electricity in the state’s largest utility service areas. Those laws are now paying dividends as the number of electricity companies offering service in Ohio is increasing, as well as the number of participating energy shoppers.

The biggest electricity service area in Ohio is AEP, which includes Ohio Power and Columbus Southern Power. The utility serves over one million residential electricity customers, of which 25% are currently buying their power from a competitive energy supplier. Those who have taken the time to compare AEP Ohio electricity prices have been able to substantially reduce their electric bills. The savings have been significant reaching as high as 17% versus the AEP Ohio price to compare default rate.

As the Ohio electricity choice market continues to mature consumers can expect to see falling prices. The state is seeing the number of energy companies offering service to Ohio residences increase, giving customers more product options and lower rates. The switch percentage is above 70% for some of Ohio’s service utility areas, showing that the people of Ohio have accepted and welcomed electricity choice.

Below are competitive rates for Ohio Power and Columbus Southern Power, all prices are updated daily.



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In discussing the best time to lock in fixed business electricity rate contracts, there is a wide misconception that fixed electricity rates go down during the fall and spring season of the year. While recent historical data may lead one to believe this may be the case, following this to an end in itself is a fallacy and can cost businesses money as they sit around and wait for prices to potentially fall.

Fixed electricity pricing is based on future forward contracts. With natural gas being a significant source of electricity generation in Pennsylvania, fixed rates are highly correlated with natural gas future contracts. This means that when you look to lock in a two year fixed electricity price, the forward natural gas prices for the next 24 months have an effect on the final fixed price for power. Every month included in the duration of the contract will have a set rate the moment the contract is signed. The final fixed price will be the weighted average of the estimated amount of electricity a business is expected to use for a given month times the rate. This means if a Pennsylvania business customer decides to lock in a fixed commercial electricity rate in the middle of summer the price will take into account the cooler months that come along with the fall and spring seasons.

Locking in a fixed rate will protect Pennsylvania business customers from the volatility associated with the energy market. The fixed rate will put a ceiling on the price if the market were to rise during the term of the contract. If the market were to drop you are not necessarily stuck with having to pay a higher rate. More and more electricity suppliers are offering the blend and extend option in Pennsylvania. This allows a business electricity customer on a fixed rate product to immediately lower their rate at any point during the term of the contract in return of extending out the contract. Exercising this option will maximize the savings for the initial term of the agreement while extending out protection against the risk of a potential rise in future energy prices.

Fixed rates are the most common rate structure for those looking to get off PPL, Met-Ed, or PECO’s high default rates. One appealing feature of fixed rates is the transparency in allowing a company to forecast their annual electricity expenditures. Those businesses still on the utility default rate will have to deal with large swings in costs when the electric bill comes due. Budget certainty is a great asset to have when dealing with a volatile market. With the blend and extend option in place, Pennsylvania business customers looking to sign a fixed rate may want to consider locking in a term for several years.

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The Energy Plus Company has seen tremendous market growth since being founded in 2007. The company’s success is centered around their rewards programs which they built with household name corporations in the airline, hotel, and retail industries. In 2011 the company was bought by NRG, a fortune 500 company who owns several other retail brand energy companies. Energy Plus offers electricity service in New Jersey, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas

Energy Plus has built their marketing campaigns around their ongoing rewards programs, similar to credit card reward programs; the more power you use the more rewards you will get. They entice people to sign up for their electric variable rate service, and in return customers can receive their choice from a variety of rewards including cash back, student loan payoff funds, airline mileage, or gift certificates to retail stores.

For customers looking to maximize their savings, the problem with the Energy Plus Company is that they not only charge a variable rate that has no limit to how high it can go, but they don’t even post what the initial variable rate will be when you get your first bill. You might get reward points or cash, but that money is coming from an inflated monthly electricity bill. In the north east markets, where the majority of the Energy Plus Company customers are located, smart shoppers can save a tremendous amount of money on their bills by taking the time to compare low fixed electric rates. In many areas savings are above 20%. For example, Illinois electricity consumers living in the ComEd area can currently save up to 29% versus the local default rates. However, according to customer surveys, the Energy Plus Company charges rates that are close to the utility default rates and sometimes more.

Their contract states:

“The variable rate may change each month and will reflect the cost of electricity, including energy, capacity, settlement, ancillaries, related transmission and distribution charges and other market-related factors; plus all applicable taxes, fees, charges, costs, expenses and margins. The rate may be higher than your EDC’s rate. EP does not guarantee any savings over the EDC’s rates for the entire term of this Agreement”

In conclusion, the Energy Plus Company has a successful marketing program going because their is a market out there of uneducated consumers whose eyes light up when they see the word “REWARDS”. However, in the end these consumers end up paying more money for the rewards they earn then they are worth. Smart electricity shoppers should focus on getting the lowest fixed rate available in their service territory.

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North American Power Review

November 15, 2011

Electricity customers approached by sales reps from North American Power should be careful before signing an electricity contract with the supplier. North American Power contracts that offer a variable rate are likely to increase almost immediately. Their contracts do not even guarantee that the rates they advertise on their site will be locked in for [...]

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Patriot Energy Alert

June 20, 2011

Patriot Energy is an electricity brokering company.  They are currently offering electricity contracts to businesses in Pennsylvania with deceptive language that could cost your business thousands of extra billing expenses. First, it is important to understand that electricity brokers should not be involved in the practice of offering their own electricity contracts.  The practice of [...]

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Business Electricity Companies

May 12, 2011

New energy choice markets in the northeast (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Connecticut) as well as existing deregulated areas such as Texas and Illnois are making some business electricity companies household names as the battle for market share has heated up. Electricity companies who offer electric service to commercial and industrial clients buy power commitments in [...]

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Delmarva DE Electricity

April 11, 2011

Delaware has a deregulated electricity market.  What does this mean?  It means that the local incumbent utility Delmarva, which was once a regulated monopoly controlling all aspects of electricity service – generation, transmission, distribution – is now only in charge of distribution (they are just an electricity delivery company).  The state mandates that they offer [...]

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Integrys Energy Review

December 15, 2010

This article pertains to commercial and industrial electricity customers in deregulated markets where Integrys Energy is active, including but not limited to Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, and New York. Integrys Energy has offered electricity contracts with misleading rate quotes to commercial and industrial customers.  If you are deciding to use Integrys Energy as [...]

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Energy Alliance of Pennsylvania Review

October 27, 2010

We have recently been getting a lot of questions pertaining to the Energy Alliance of Pennsylvania as a result of their increased rates over the past few months.  After much research, here is what I have discovered: The Energy Alliance of Pennsylvania is a licensed retail electric provider that was set up by the Manufacturing [...]

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