Pennsylvania Residential Electric Rates

pennsylvania electric suppliers listPennsylvania is one of the 15 US states with deregulated energy, which means that as a customer, you are able to choose your electricity and natural gas provider. The utility company continues to manage and control the delivery portion of the electricity (lines and wires), but is no longer in the business of providing the lowest possible electric rates. If you don’t, you can get stuck with your local utility default rate, which is almost always higher. 

If you are yet to join the 2.1 million households and 250,000 businesses, that already switched, now is the time. From December 1st, all state utilities in Pennsylvania have increased their standard default electricity rates by approximately 1 – 8 %, in a joint move blessed by the Public Utility Commission.

Energy Companies in Pennsylvania

If you still need a bit of convincing, below you can compare the default electric rates for the local utility companies with rates offered by the retail energy providers that you can switch to.

 


SupplierTerm (months)TypeRate (kWh)Cost per monthMonthly saving
AP Gas & Electric4Fixed$0.06$111.6021%
Astral Energy LLC6Unlimited$19.99574%
Better Buy Energy9Fixed$0.06$111.8021%
Cirro Energy12Fixed$0.06$114.0018%
Frontier Utilities12Fixed$0.06$115.4017%
Dynergy9Fixed$0.06$115.8016%
Titan Gas & Power6Fixed$0.06$116.0016%
Shipley Energy12Fixed$0.06$121.0011%
AEP Energy11Fixed$0.06$123.0010%
American Power & Gas of PA LLC0Variable$0.06$125.807%

*Compared to PECO default electricity rate of $0.067
 


SupplierTerm (months)TypeRate (kWh)Cost per monthMonthly saving
Inspire12Unlimited$39.99282%
Astral Energy6Unlimited$19.99664%
AL Gas & Electric12Fixed$0.05$121.6026%
Eligo Energy PA3Fixed$0.05$91.8066%
Cirro Energy12Fixed$0.06$116.0032%
Frontier Utilities12Fixed$0.06$121.4026%
Town Square Energy6Fixed$0.06$121.4026%
Better Buy Energy9Fixed$0.06$121.4026%
American Power & Gas of PA0Variable$0.06$123.0024%
Just Energy12Fixed$0.06$125.8021%

*Compared to PPL Electric Utility default electricity rate of $0.076

One populous Pennsylvania zip code – 19103 is served by PECO Energy.  The utility company default rate is $0.067 / kWh or an estimated monthly fee of $134.74 (based on an average monthly usage of 2000 kWh). Below is a selection of retail electricity suppliers’ offers for the same location:

PPL Electric standard default rates are even higher – around $0.076 / kWh or $152.64 monthly, following the approval by PUC of an 8% rate hike.

 


SupplierTerm (months)TypeRate (kWh)Cost per monthMonthly saving
Inspire12Unlimited$39.0026%
Eligo Energy PA3Fixed$0.05$107.0033%
American Power & Gas of Pennsylvania24Variable$0.06$119.8019%
Better Buy Energy9Fixed$0.06$121.8017%
Cirro Energy12Fixed$0.06$129.809%
Starion Energy8Fixed$0.07$133.806%
Town Square Energy6Fixed$0.07$135.405%
AEP Energy12Fixed$0.07$135.805%

*Compared to Duquesne Light default electricity rate of $0.071

Duquesne Light is another utility company, that got a green light to increase the default energy rates – by some 4.44%.  Rather than paying the Duquesne default rate of $0.071, or $142.00 / month, residents in a zip code 15219 are able to switch to any of the below suppliers:

 

Compare Electricity Rates in Pennsylvania

The official deregulated energy state program is called PA Power Switch. On its website, customers can not only find useful information about deregulation in Pennsylvania but also compare the available electricity offers to their local utility default rate.

You can compare Pennsylvania electric rates using ElectricRate.com. The process is very simple. All you need to do is enter your zip code, select if you are shopping for electricity or natural gas and apply filters to refine your search. You will see your local utility default rate on the top, followed by a long list of cheaper electricity deals available in your area.

If you find a deal you like, you can sign up there and then. One thing is certain, there is no excuse for continuing to pay high energy prices in Pennsylvania.

Energy plans & products in Pennsylvania

Energy plans are like shoes. One size does not fit all.  You should have a good understanding of the typical products that energy providers offer, so that you can make an informed choice. We are here to help you.  Below you can find an overview of the energy products, available to consumers in Pennsylvania:

Fixed Rate

Fixed rate tariff allows you to lock in the unit price of gas or electricity for the duration of the contract. The obvious advantage is that you are protected from price hikes,  for example when the wholesale energy price goes up. The downside is that if you choose to exit you contract early, you will most likely end up paying an early cancellation fee.

Variable Rate

On a variable energy tariff, your unit energy price can vary at the discretion of your provider. These plans are often more flexible, but also more expensive than a fixed rate plan.

Unlimited Usage

“Unlimited usage” plan is not based on a kilowatt per hour (kWh), but rather on a flat rate monthly price that the customer pays for electric generation. Monthly pricing of unlimited usage offers will not yet include the electric distribution charges, which will be billed separately by your electric utility.

Alternative Energy Solutions in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (AEPS) mandates, that at least 18% of all electric energy sold to retail customers be derived from alternative energy sources, such as solar, wind, hydropower, biogas or biomass. If you live in Pennsylvania and you want to protect the environment, you have a couple of options to go green:

  • Switch to a green energy plan – As per the AEPS, all power suppliers must offer renewable energy options. You can compare the available green plans in your area on PA Power Switch or enter your zip code to shop for rates on our website.
  • Purchase Alternative Energy Credits (AECs) –  An AEC is created for each 1,000 kWh of electricity from a qualified alternative energy source and sold separately to power. Whether you are a homeowner or a small business, you can invest in renewable energy by purchasing AECs .

FAQs

Below are answers to some of the burning questions you might have about the energy in Pennsylvania.

What is a good electric rate in PA?

The best electric rate is one tailored to the specific needs of the customer. You can compare the rates, available for your area on the PA Power Switch website or simply enter your zip code on our website. 

How much does electricity in Pennsylvania cost?

According to the EIA agency, the average electricity price for residential consumers in Pennsylvania is $0.1389 / kWh,  which is slightly higher than the US average $0.133 /kWh

What is PPL Electric Rate?

The current state utility company PPL Electric standard default rate is $0.076 / kWh or $152.64 monthly (based on 2000 kWh monthly usage). 

Did PECO raise rates?

Yes, the state utility PECO was allowed to raise the power rates by approximately 1.2%, which represents a change from a monthly charge of $102.65 to $103.92 (based on 700kWh usage).

Why continue paying high electricity rates, when shopping around for a better deal is so easy. To see the available offers in your residential area, simply enter your zip code and lock in a great rate. You also have the choice of going green – either by selecting a 100% renewable plan or by purchasing Alternative Energy Credits. If you live in Pennsylvania, you are the one in charge of your energy choice. 

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