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Electricity consumers face choice in PA

Updated: Wednesday, February 26 2014, 11:22 PM CST
Reported by: James Tully

HARRISBURG -- If you didn't choose your electric provider, you may have to soon or Pennsylvania will do it for you. A bill asking for the removal of default electric providers in the Commonwealth would push millions of households make a change.

Senate Bill 1121 is not expected to pass through committee at this point. We met with Tanya McCloskey, the acting director of the Pennsylvania Consumer Advocate, a major opponent of SB 1121.  She says by eliminating the default providers you lose the market price.

"You wouldn't have that price to compare. That benchmark to know what is the reasonable price with in the market," McCloskey explains. 

Essentially without PPL and MET ED setting the price, the consumer advocate is thinking that unregulated suppliers will raise rates. Even if price hikes don't occur switching providers is mostly done online.

That might help explain why he recent AARP poll showed 70 percent of people over the age of 50 wanting to continue with a default electric provider.Electricity consumers face choice in PA


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