Recent increases in the standard default electric generation rate has lead to a number of first time electricity choice shoppers in the West Penn Power service area in Pennsylvania. On June 1, 2018 the West Penn Power price to compare rate increased by 7.8% from $0.06085 to $0.0656. Though other service areas in Pennsylvania have seen more severe default rate hikes through the years, the higher electric bills are expected to result in more shoppers searching for better price options from competitive electric suppliers. As of July 2018, West Penn Power has witnessed 25.1% of their residential customers choose a competitive supplier.
Shopping for competitive electricity rates is a much easier process than most people realize in the West Penn Power service area. Online electricity comparison sites provide a search engine for available rate offers in a given market that provides customers with the ability to filter who has the cheapest rate. The benefit of viewing multiple offers at once brings up the competitive level among the suppliers to another level. Upon completion of comparing the options and choosing a rate plan, the switch process begins online without having to worry about scheduling a time for a person to come to your home and change wires. Electric choice customer’s who sign up through a price comparison site will have the convenience of having the cheapest rate presented to them once their current rate approaches expiration.
Choosing a new electricity supplier for the first time can be a scary proposition for consumers who are unfamiliar with energy choice laws in Pennsylvania. One fear that makes people reluctant to shop and compare rates is not knowing whether their power will go out if they do happen to choose a competitive electric supplier. Through Pennsylvania electricity choice, West Penn Power is required to continue to deliver electricity to their customers, send the monthly electric bill, provide quality customer service, and respond to power outages and emergencies, regardless of who suppliers the electricity.
Some potential electric choice customers may decide not to switch due to a sense of loyalty for their local utility supplier. The truth is that West Penn Power does not care if their customers choose a competitive electricity supplier. They continue to receive revenues for all of their customers through regulated delivery charges which are approved by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. Even though consumers can shop and purchase a cheaper electricity rate, their monthly electric bill will continue to be delivered by West Penn Power.
Current West Penn Power competitive rates can be seen below. There are a number of rate characteristics that consumers can look for including low price, length of contract, early termination fee, and even rates derived from renewable or green energy sources.