Pennsylvania Energy Costs Increased up to 50 Percent Starting December 1ST 2021

Sticker shock hits Pennsylvanians and no doubt coming to your state soon. Sit down when you are opening your utility bill when it arrives this month. On Dec. 1, energy costs  rose from 6.5234 cents to 9.796 cents per kilowatt (kWh)—a surge of 50.2 percent for one utility. Electric distribution company PPL will increase its PTC for residential customers from 7.544 cents to 9.502 cents per kWh—an increase of 26 percent. The company with the third largest increase in fuel costs is Citizens’ Electric, which will raise prices from 6.9777 cents to 7.9476 cents per kWh, a 13.9 percent, beginning Wednesday.

Pennsylvania has the most anti-capitalism utility system imaginable if it is the same now as it was for my family back in the day. When my family had our business our rate was determined based on the peak moment in time of KWh usage. The higher the peak moment the higher the KWh rate was set for the year. Punished for using more than less. Even worse, our rate peak usage came at night not when industry usage hit its peak which was in the day. Of course their rate was far less for their peak KWh.

Just wait until we have all these electric cars “filling” up with the new “gold.”

I could go on but let me not digress:

“The upcoming price changes, combined with falling temperatures, make this an important time for consumers and businesses to evaluate their energy options and explore ways to save money and energy in the coming months,” PUC Chairman Gladys Brown Dutrieuille said in a statement.

“Most Pennsylvania regulated electric utilities are adjusting the price they charge for the generation portion of customers’ bills on December 1 for non-shopping customers, also known as the ‘Price to Compare’ (PTC). The PTC averages 40% to 60% of the customer’s total utility bill. However, this percent varies by the utility and by the level of individual customer usage,” PUC said in a press release.

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December 1st Price Adjustments for Electric Generation Vary Among Utilities; Will Be Reflected in Residential and Small Business Bills

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) is alerting consumers and small businesses that most utilities will be adjusting their prices for electric generation on December 1st – with potentially large winter energy cost increases in some areas for non-shopping (default service) customers.

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PUC lists power increases for residential customers. The most significant increase comes from Pike County Light & Power, which serves nearly 5,000 customers, is expected to raise power prices by 50%. The second highest is PPL Corporation, serving about 2.5 million customers in central and eastern parts of the state, which is expected to raise power prices by 26%.

  • Citizens’ Electric, up from 6.9777 cents to 7.9476 cents per kWh (13.9%);
  • Duquesne Light, up from 7.41 cents to 7.98 cents per kWh (7.7%);
  • Met-Ed, up from 7.114 cents to 7.414 cents per kWh (4.2%);
  • PECO, up from 6.597 cents to 7.021 cents per kWh (6.4%);
  • Penelec, down from 6.761 cents to 6.507 cents per kWh (3.8%);
  • Penn Power, down from 7.657 cents to 7.593 cents per kWh (less than 1%);
  • PPL, up from 7.544 cents to 9.502 cents per kWh (26%);
  • Pike County Light & Power, up from 6.5234 cents to 9.796 cents per kWh (50.2%);
  • Wellsboro Electric, up from 7.2596 cents to 7.5051 cents per kWh (3.4%); and
  • West Penn Power, up from 5.447 cents to 5.698 cents per kWh (4.6%);

A PUC spokesperson told Fox News that rising energy prices are due to “market forces.”

Jason Hayes, the director of environmental policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, recently blasted the Biden administration for its energy policies during an interview with Fox News.

Explaining he has trouble understanding why some Western leaders seem unable to grasp the importance of reliable, affordable energy and electricity for everyday citizens, Hayes said, “It seems like the only nations that understand that we require reliable, affordable dispatchable energy is China and Russia. And they’re the only ones that are producing energy and they’re more than happy to hold that energy hostage for the rest of the world.”

Biden canceled the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have moved Canadian oil into and across the United States, and paused oil and natural gas leases on federal lands, during his first hours in office. Several states sued to block that pause and courts have sided with the states thus far. Last week a report from Biden’s Interior Department called for raising the costs for developers to drill on federal lands by as much as 50%. Biden is also reportedly considering shutting down Michigan’s Line 5 pipeline, which supplies energy to the swing state’s Upper Peninsula.

For those unable to pay their bills don’t worry. There are plenty of energy assistance programs available and mandated by the state. Federal programs are available as well. Here are a few:

Customer Assistance Program (CAP)

This program is set up between the utility company and a low-income, payment troubled consumer to pay utility bills that are based on household size and gross household income. CAP customers agree to make regular monthly payments, which are usually less than the current bill, in exchange for continued utility service.

Besides regular monthly payments, customers need to follow certain rules to remain eligible for continued participation. CAP customers are able to choose a competitive electric supplier, but the discount they receive in CAP may be greater than the discounted rate offered by the supplier.

Call your electric utility for more information.

Customer Assistance Referral and Evaluation Program (CARES)

The Customer Assistance Referral and Evaluation Program (CARES) was designed to help customers with special needs find ways to pay their utility bills. Special needs include family emergencies, divorce, unemployment or medical emergencies.

Call your electric utility for more information.

Hardship Funds

Provides cash assistance to utility customers to help them pay their utility bills. Hardship funds provide assistance grants to customers who cannot qualify for other financial assistance programs, or to those that still have a critical need for assistance when there are no other resources. The funds make payments directly to companies on behalf of eligible customers.

Contact your electric utility for more information.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

LIHEAP is a federal program that provides both cash and crisis benefits or financial assistance to low-income households for home energy bills. Cash benefits help low-income consumers pay for their home energy bills while crisis payments help meet emergency home energy needs.

For more information, contact the PA Department of Human Services at 1-866-857-7095.

Low Income Usage Reduction Program (LIURP)

The Low Income Usage Reduction Program (LIURP) helps low-income, residential customers lower the amount of energy used each month.

Typically, the company may install energy saving features or make energy efficiency improvements in customers’ homes to help reduce bills.

Contact your electric utility for more information.

Weatherization Assistance Program

Enables low-income families to reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient. Pennsylvania’s Weatherization Assistance Program is administered through the Department of Community and Economic Development.

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28 Responses to “Pennsylvania Energy Costs Increased up to 50 Percent Starting December 1ST 2021”

  1. skudrunner Says:

    I don’t know what all the complaining is about. You saved money during the pandemic so you can bleed your saving to pay from joeys green new hosing. We have to remember that everything is done in reverse order now with the new administration. You withdraw the military then the people then the equipment. You stop oil production and stop a pipeline then you raise prices to stop usage the ask the middle East to supply more. You attack coal and NG electric power plants, push EV cars and then figure out how to produce more electricity.

    Just go along and get along because biden/harris has it all figured out.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Baysider Says:

    OMG! Electricity for 9 cents a kWh! The Bible warns us to not fall into the error of Balaam. In like manner, I’m warning you to not fall into the error of California (which is much like a modern day Balaam) since that’s where things are headin’. The rate of increase IS significant and worrisome. Biden/Pelosi policies continue to impoverish people and force families to make hard choices on daily necessities.

    Just so you can feel better, my last electric bill (California) was:
    Basic Charge $0.024/day
    Tier 1 $0.155 kWh
    Tier 2 $0.228 kWh
    Responsibility Surcharge $0.029 kWh
    Plus a bond charge, a Municipal surcharge, 10% city tax, and an occasional “Climate Credit”

    Just wait until all those electric cars are looking for plug ins to an outmoded grid IS RIGHT.

    Liked by 4 people

    • Baysider Says:

      Plus they send me snarky letters when my usage rises about that of my neighbors who are mostly in 1 bedroom apartments. When Mr. B’s eyes started getting dim he was running 3 lights all day in the living room (before eye surgery), and that’s when the notices started. Then in the summer I help a tenant out by running a power cord for her kitchen A/C off my plug (she’s a caterer so A/C is essential a lot of the time). Boy, do I hear from them then!

      This is the state that wanted to have automatic control over everyone’s thermostat years ago. What a mess.

      Liked by 2 people

      • bunkerville Says:

        Wow…. super wow. Only a matter of time before the smart meters they installed will turn them on and off when we “exceed our limit.” At least in PA.
        We had three season buildings in our business. We had to run special service to provide electric heat so that we could get the “heat rate” that was just a quarter of what the regular cost was. It costs the same to produce a killowatt no matter what or when it is used for,

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  3. Bill H. Says:

    Rate in San Diego, where the provider is SDG&E, is $.36 per Kwh. Rates farther north, where the provider is PGE, are considerably higher.

    Liked by 2 people

    • bunkerville Says:

      and you have that wonderful grid…. lucky you!

      Liked by 1 person

    • Baysider Says:

      Yes indeed. I pay 2 electric bills originating from SDG&E. They have been consistently higher than in LA County for at least 20 years, but now we’re over $.41. So why did the state decide it didn’t need San Onofre (nuke)?

      Liked by 2 people

      • bunkerville Says:

        Best spend plenty of time at the pool…

        Liked by 1 person

      • Bill H. Says:

        Well, it wasn’t that they didn’t need it, it was that they screwed up the upgrade. The steam generators needed to be replaced so they decided to squeeze in some extra tubes to gain about 3% extra power generation. That necessitated removing a plate which was holding the tubes, and it turned out the plate was needed to keep the tubes from vibrating. The new steam generators failed in about one year because the vibrating tubes wore holes in themselves, and the cost of replacing the steam generators yet again was prohibitive.

        So the greed for 3% extra power caused failure and the loss of the power source.

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      • bunkerville Says:

        Sounds like just one of the many problems you are having with them. I give you credit for hanging in there.


  4. Mustang Says:

    We run into the same fence trying to understand what’s going on. One group claims this, another claims that, and we poor peasants end up not knowing who to believe. One dissertation on market forces claims that the problem was the massive covid shutdown, which even prevented maintenance crews from doing whatever they do. Another argues that the problem today stems directly from the 2014 oil-price collapse. I was happy to receive notification from Gulf Power that it’s been bought out by Florida Power & Light, so the energy rates will increase by about $6 a month. I guess what that means is that energy consumers have to pay the costs (in billions) of merger/acquisition.

    But I do think that it was a stroke of genius when Biden, in the face of “energy recovery” in the post-Covid period shut down energy production in the U.S. Joe no doubt turned to Hunter for advice. Hunter, you recall, has an extraordinary background in Ukrainian energy management. I’m guessing that Hunter’s advice was that shutting down U.S. energy production will force the U.S. energy companies to purchase energy from the Biden family’s Ukrainian holdings and dude, they’ll get even richer.

    I may have to delay my plans to get an electric car.

    Liked by 4 people

    • bunkerville Says:

      I would wait a bit to buy your car….after China grabs hold of all the rare earth metals needed thanks to Hunter we will discover that all the “rebates” from the government will not get us half way there.. Then the issue is what to do with all the toxic waste from the enterprise. Yes… a wonderful plan of Joe.

      Liked by 3 people

  5. markone1blog Says:

    If Carter is Biden prototype 1, Obama is Biden prototype 2, Joe is 3, and Petey is 4 — we may be in for a long set of cold winters and nowhere to go.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. markone1blog Says:

    You know, Texas has vast deposits of natural gas, oil, and soft coal. Prior to Jimmy Carter (a.k.a. Biden prototype 1), our electric plants were mostly natural gas-fired plants (which, of course, the peanut farmer required us to change to coal). During the Obama years, wind and solar subsidies made it unprofitable to create any plant other than wind and solar plants (which, of course, failed spectacularly during the 2021 February freeze).

    Do you have any idea of when this groundhog will pull his head out of his backside and sample the real wind (not the one he creates)?

    Liked by 2 people

  7. markone1blog Says:

    In related news, Mayor Pete said to people who don’t like the current upward trend in gasoline prices spurred by the Biden regime: “You will never have to worry about gas prices again.” Additionally, he even suggested that rural drivers would have the most to save (I suppose he thinks these electric cars all have long extension cords or infinity batteries).

    Liked by 2 people

  8. Ed Bonderenka Says:

    There is a firm here in Michigan that makes a heat transfer unit, sort of a heat pump, that uses the temp of your well water as a source of heat, or cooling. Initial cost about $6k and a well (which I would have to dig).
    Replaces the AC coils in your furnace which you keep.
    I am in the lower, but the upper peninsula people who have installed it see heating and cooling bills of $500 annually I’m told.
    Trump lowered energy costs and I took a pass, looking at the ROI.
    I am now considering it again.
    I am on city water and wells are not potable here.

    Liked by 3 people

    • bunkerville Says:

      Interesting. People will find alternatives… of course wood being one. But the government will soon restrict much of it – if they haven’t already based on a pollution. They have banned new wood heating systems. My brother has one installed outside his home and heats his water and house.

      Liked by 2 people

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