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Electricity bill likely to rise June 1st: Here’s why the state can’t do anything about it – PennLive

Now I’ve heard the bad news. There is a good chance your electric bill will go up.

In fact, the average PPL’s ​​hypothetical customer service will look for a $34 increase in their monthly bill.

Electricity generation costs will rise on June 1st. The increases will range from 8.1% to 44.6%.

Here’s how much the provider will get:

  • Citizens Electricityup from 7.3995 cents to 9.3667 cents per kilowatt-hour (26.6%);
  • Doquen Lightup from 7.98 cents to a estimated 9.36 cents per kilowatt-hour (17.3%);
  • dead edup from 6.832 cents to 7.936 cents per kilowatt-hour (16.1%);
  • pico, up from 7.066 cents to 7.637 cents per kilowatt-hour (8.1%);
  • Benelikup from 6.232 cents to 8.443 cents per kWh (35.4%);
  • Ben Power, up from 7.082 cents to 8.694 cents per kilowatt-hour (22.7%);
  • PPLup from 8.941 cents to 12.366 cents per kilowatt-hour (38.3%);
  • UGI Electricup from 8.854 cents to 12,903 cents per kilowatt-hour (45.7%);
  • Wellsboro Electricup from 7.7569 cents to 9,592 cents per kilowatt-hour (23.7%); And the
  • West Ben PowerUp from 5.667 cents to 8.198 cents per kilowatt-hour (44.6%).

Note: Pike County Light & Power energy price changes are still calculated.

What is the generation charge?

Generation (or supply) charges are part of the basic service charge that appears on each customer’s electricity bill. The average generation share is 40-60% of the total utility bill, according to the Public Utilities Commission.

Why isn’t the state doing anything about the increases?

Because they can’t.

PUC does not regulate obstetric charging. Obstetric services at competitive prices and not regulated by the authority. This fee depends on the contract between the customer and the supplier.

What does PUC regulate?

The Public Utilities Commission regulates the distribution (or delivery) fees that you see on your electricity bill. This fee is the portion of the basic service fee that appears on each bill for delivering electricity from the electricity distribution company to the home or business. Fees vary depending on how much the home or business is used.

What do I do if I find it difficult to pay my bill?

PUC recommends that customers who are struggling to pay their bills or expect to suffer due to upcoming price increases, contact the utility company now for assistance.

Utilities are aware of the assistance programs available in their communities for eligible income consumers—including utility-operated customer assistance programs, national programs such as the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, and many utility-operated hardship financing programs and non-profit organizations PUC said in a press release. “Utilities can also help enroll consumers in assistance programs, guide them to other available resources and discuss new payment plan options to address overdue balances and help consumers move forward.”

Shopping nearby

In most areas of Pennsylvania, consumers can choose who supplies them with electricity, based on price or other factors, such as renewable energy. For customers who don’t shop, electric utilities get the default generation service using a PUC-supervised purchase – in effect, the customer “stores.” Shoppers can generally find prices that are lower than the default rates. Customers can find prices in www.papowerswitch.com.

Standard Presentation Program

Another alternative for virtual service customers not participating in the competitive electricity market might be their utility’s voluntary standard offering program. Under this program, utilities can refer certain customers who call the facility, such as those with complaints with high bills, to a randomly selected retail electrical supplier. The supplier, or any third party acting on the supplier’s behalf, must offer the customer a standard discount of 7% against the current “comparison price” of the utilities, which is set for a period of 12 months.

Understanding the contract

Consumers should ensure that they understand all of the terms and conditions in their supplier contract. The terms and conditions are found in the disclosure statement for the contract.

What is the default service client?

Default rates apply to any customer who does not proactively shop for electricity, which Pennsylvania consumers have been able to do since 2010. Shoppers can generally find prices below default rates.

What can I do to save money on my energy bill?

PUC suggests doing these five things to control energy use.

  • Pay attention to the thermostat Every degree you raise or lower the temperature can affect energy costs by up to 3%. Also, consider a programmable thermostat to automatically raise temperatures while you are away from home.
  • Maintain your air conditioner Regular maintenance of your air conditioner along with clean air filters helps ensure the efficient operation of your cooling system.
  • Insulate and seal leaks around your home Adding insulation, installing windows and doors, and sealing cracks and air leaks can help you stay cooler and use less energy.
  • Install or repair ceiling fans in densely populated rooms Use ceiling fans to circulate the air, keeping the room and you cool.
  • Window protection to reduce heat buildup Smart landscaping and exterior window coverings are just two ways you can better protect your windows and reduce the effect of heat buildup in your home.

do you have questions?

The Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocates has a hotline that can help families with questions about their energy bills. Call 800-684-6560 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or send an email to Consumer@paoca.org.

complaints

Consumers with questions or opposition regarding contract cancellation may contact the PUC Consumer Services Office at 800-692-7380.

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