Pennelec New Price to Compare

Penelec Price to Compare, Effective December 1, 2012 for three months.

General Secondary – Non Demand Metered (GS-Small) 6.863 cents per kWh

General Secondary – Volunteer Fire Company 7.051 cents per kWh

General Secondary – Volunteer Fire Company Time of Day 7.051 cents per kWh

General Secondary – Demand Metered (GS-Medium) 6.863 cents per kWh

All-Electric School, Church or Hospital (H) 6.863 cents per kWh

Remember: Three month pricing exposes you to more price risk than a fixed price contract.  If you want to control your energy cost, paying a small insurancepremium to eliminate upward price movement may be an attractive option for you.

Met-Ed New Price to Compare For Three Month Period

Met-Ed Price to Compare, Effective December 1, 2012

General Secondary – Non Demand Metered (GS-Small) 9.133 cents per kWh

General Secondary – Volunteer Fire Company 8.900 cents per kWh

General Secondary – Volunteer Fire Company Time of Day 8.900 cents per kWh

General Secondary – Demand Metered (GS-Medium) 9.133 cents per kWh

Municipal Service (MS) 9.133 cents per kWh

Remember: Three month pricing exposes you to more price risk than a fixed price contract.  If you want to control your energy cost, paying a small insurance premium to eliminate upward price movement may be an attractive option for you.

Penn Power New Price to Compare

For the three month period beginning December 1, 2012:

General Secondary – Small (GS) 4.529 cents per kWh

General Secondary – Volunteer Fire Company 5.881 cents per kWh

General Secondary – Volunteer Fire Company Time of Day Option 6.922 cents per kWh,

On-Peak 5.308 cents per kWh, Off-Peak 5.793 Average ¢/kWh, based on 30% On/70% Off split

General Secondary – Medium (GSM) 4.529 cents per kWh

Remember: Three month pricing exposes you to more price risk than a fixed price contract. If you want to control your energy cost, paying a small insurancepremium to eliminate upward price movement may be an attractive option for you.

PPL Default Service Rates Will Fall on December 1, 2012

The Price to Compare for small commercial customers of PPL will fall on December 1.  The Price to Compare will be 10.206¢, a reduction from the previous price of 10.346¢.  These prices are only for the three month period December 2012 to February 2013.

Duquesne Light Files New Default Service Rate

Duquesne Light has filed with the Pennsylvania PUC updated generation rates for medium (25-300 kW metered demand) commercial and industrial (C&I) customers for the period of December 1, 2012 through May 31, 2013.

The new supply charge for medium C&I customers (Rates GS/GM and GMH, 25-300 kW) is 4.2486¢/kWh. This charge reflects base supply only, and not other components included in the Price to Compare.

Electricity Supplier Offers Fixed Rate for Seven Years in Pennsylvania

One of the many electricity suppliers offered by Better Cost Control, quietly introduced the longest-term fixed-rate deal ever offered to  customers since the retail market opened up to full-scale competition in Pennsylvania.  This fixed price offering is available in these electricity supplier areas:

  • MetEd
  • Duquesne
  • PECO
  • Penelec
  • PennPower
  • West Penn Power

Unlike other fixed-rate offers, which tend to demand higher prices for longer terms, this seven-year rate is among the lowest on the market right now. At 7.5 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh), it is 28.6 percent less than Peco’s current price of 10.5 cents per kWh.  Rates are different depending on your local electricity distribution company.

You get a good, low price that’s not going to change for seven years.  One reason they are able to offer such a low price is that this supplier actually owns generation assets, versus most suppliers that actually hedge prices with financial instruments such as derivatives.

Your local electricity company continues to provide billing and customer service as the distribution company.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission currently lists many options on The offers include variable rates, fixed rates and green-energy options.

A long term contract will appeal to customers who want to set-it-and-forget-it.  They will never have to worry about a price increase for the entire seven year period.

Fixed-rate deals may be attractive right now to some customers who are about to be shocked with higher bills because of their utility’s quarterly price adjustment. For example. Peco’s supply charge went up 21.5 percent on October 1.  Peco says the rates will come back down to 8.81 cents per kWh on Jan. 1.

FirstEnergy Solutions says it can offer the price certainty because its parent company controls 20,000 megawatts of power-generation capacity and is looking to lock in long-term customers.

Power prices currently are at record lows, so locking in for the long-term is similar to refinancing a mortgage when interest rates hit bottom. There’s always a chance the rates could go lower, but it’s more likely they will go up.

But by making a seven-year commitment, customers may be limiting their future options. Peco is currently installing smart meters that will allow suppliers to offer hourly pricing next year, which some customers may use to reduce their bills by shifting their discretionary electrical loads to off-peak hourly rates.

First Energy files for Default Service Price to Compare

First Energy just filed for new Default Service rates in Pennsylvania.  These will be the new Price-to-Compare for all commercial electricity customers to use when comparing competitive electricity price offers.

Assuming PUC approval, rate effective September 1, 2012 to November 30, 2012 will be:

MetEd Commercial: $0.07181 per kwh

Penelec: $0.06541

Penn Power: $0.05550

As of this writing, fixed priced electricity contracts through Better Cost Control will save the customer money for the period that First Energy filed.

You may wonder why the dramatic price difference between Penn Power and the other two companies.  This is due to the months that they contracted their tranches of electricity. Penn Power has only two tranches that were purchased at auctions in  Jan 2012 and March 2012, when prices were at their lowest.  The offer prices are based on a weighted average of the different contract periods:

MetEd: Tranches purchased May, 2011, October 2011, Jan 2012, May 2012

Penelec: Tranches purchased May 2011, Oct 2011, Jan 2012, Mar 2012

Penn Power: Tranches Jan 2012 auction and March 2012 auction

To obtain a quotation for electricity or natural gas, contact Better Cost Control.

MedEd Announces New Electricity Cost To Compare

Met-Ed, a First Energy Company, has posted the new electricity Prices to Compare for the three-month period beginning June 1, 2012.  You should look at your utility bill to determine your rate class.  Use the figures below to compare prices offered by different competitive electricity generation suppliers.  You will save money if the price quoted is lower than the price below.  As of this writing, prices from a variety of Better Cost Control competitive suppliers in Pennsylvania are lower than the prices below.  We recommend using an electricity broker to obtain the best prices and contract terms.

The figures below reflect a State Tax Adjustment Surcharge (STAS) of -0.12%.

Met-Ed Prices to Compare effective June 1, 2012 are as follows:

Residential (RS): 6.961 cents per kWh

Residential Time-of-Day (RT): 6.961 cents per kWh

General Secondary – Non Demand Metered (GS-Small): 6.605 cents per kWh

General Secondary – Volunteer Fire Company: 6.961 cents per kWh

General Secondary – Volunteer Fire Company Time of Day: 6.961 cents per kWh

General Secondary – Demand Metered (GS-Medium): 6.605 cents per kWh

Municipal Service (MS): 6.605 cents per kWh

To learn more about a fixed price electricity contract to protect your company from price fluctuations,  contact us via email or call 800-454-0027 x150


PJM Electricity Interconnection Organization’s capacity locked in at price of $136 per MW

PJM’s capacity auction secured a record amount of new generation, demand response and energy efficiency resources for the 2015/2016 delivery year to keep the grid reliable as dozens of coal plants retire and are converted to natural gas.

The auction, known as the Reliability Pricing Model (RPM) auction, procured 164,561 megawatts (MW) of capacity resources at a base price of $136 per MW, compared to the price last year of $125.00 per MW.

Capacity prices were higher than last year’s because of the retirement of existing coal-fired generation, due to environmental regulations, which go into effect in 2015.

PJM serves 60 million people in 13 states in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest and the District of Columbia. Capacity prices were higher in northern Ohio and the Mid-Atlantic region.

For the Mid-Atlantic, PJM said capacity will cost $167 per megawatt.

The Mid-Atlantic region includes utilities served by Pepco Holdings Inc’s Atlantic City Electric, Delmarva Power and Pepco; Exelon Corp’s Baltimore Gas and Electric and PECO; FirstEnergy’s Jersey Central Power and Light, Metropolitan Edison and Pennsylvania Electric; PPL Corp’s PPL Electric Utilities, Public Service Enterprise Group Inc’s Public Service Electric and Gas; and Consolidated Edison Inc’s Rockland Electric.

In FirstEnergy Corp’s northern Ohio territory, PJM said the capacity price will be $357 per megawatt due to the high number of power plant outages in that area.   With the exception of the AEP territory, Capacity is a fairly small component of the retail price of electricity, and the cost of capacity at the retail level tends to be averaged out over several years.


Why long term electricity contracts in PJM service area make sense

The inexperienced electricity buyer looks just at the price and goes with the lowest price. In today’s market (April 2012), shorter term contracts have the lowest price. But taking this approach can be short sighted. Why is that the case? First off, when you want to get a new contract in a year, your price will likely be a lot higher. As long as you know that, fine.  But there is more to understand.

In the PJM service area, one component of your fixed price are future capacity rates and trends. We are encouraging our customers to consider the longest term possible, up to a 24 month term, up to the period ending May 2015, to blend low energy prices against higher capacity rates. Locking in a longer term will protect you from the capacity price increases, which are a known number. So even if the energy cost is the same, the electricity prices will rise because of the rising capacity charges.  The higher capacity charge from next year is averaged into the present cost, which is one reason a longer term contract costs a bit more.  But when you look at your total cost over the 24-month period versus what they would be otherwise, based on the direction of the economy, you will win big overall and protect your budget.

PJM Capacity Cost Component

· June 2012/May 2013 $131.48 Per MWH
· June 2013/May 2014 $227.11 Per MWH
· June 2014/May 2015 $136.50 Per MWH
· June 2015/May 2016 Unknown at this time

· Capacity rates (set three years in advance by PJM) have increased to over $227 level for your next capacity rate contract term

· Recovering economy should keep capacity rates at least to the 2014/2015 level when PJM conducts next auction in May ‘12

· EPA’s plan for MAT (Mercury Air Toxin) rules have driven several generators to close 50’s vintage power plants due to high compliance cost coal plants exerting upward pressure on next auction. Less coal generation means higher prices, but cleaner air. Another reason to lock in a longer term contract.

Capacity charges are typically calculated based on the difference between a customer’s peak energy use during a billing period and their nominal use (normal or hour-to-hour use) during the same period. If the customer expects to have substantially more power available to them than they actually use, then a demand charge is applied to cover this difference.

Demand charges are not a means of gouging customers by charging for unused energy. Instead they are a means of insuring that customers can have larger-than-normal supplies of energy available to them at a moment’s notice.

Keep this information in mind when deciding what contract length you want. Take a long term view and next year you’ll be smiling at the decision you made. Consider the slight increase that you will pay in the short term your price for insurance against rising prices. Insurance costs money. Would you go without fire insurance because it costs money and you have never experienced a fire?

Saving money on Electricity in Pennsylvania

There are multiple suppliers for each of Pennsylvania’s electric utility providers and most offer savings that can be significant.

In Allegheny County, customers get their electricity from one of three electricity distributors:

  •  Duquesne Light
  •  West Penn Power and
  •  Pennsylvania Power.

The largest, Duquesne Light, provides service to about 95 percent of the county’s customers, also has the largest number of licensed competitors, 14.  All these competitors offer rates below Duquesne’s current price to compare of 9.32 cent per Kilowatt Hour (kWh).  All these competitors are offered through Better Cost Control.

One supplier, for instance, currently offers a 15 percent discount on Duquesne’s rate, or 7.92 cent, for one year. Another is offering a 25 percent discount, 6.99 cent, through May 2013.  The third is offering Duquesne customers a fixed rate of 7.15 cent through March 2014.  Depending on a customer’s load profile, their contracted electricity rates can be dramatically lower.

Sonny Popowsky, head of the PA Office of Consumer Advocate, said the difference is due to how the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission sets rates for electrical distributors.

The PUC approves Duquesne’s rates in three-year increments. So their current rate was set in 2010 and wholesale prices have dropped since then,” he said. “West Penn’s and Penn Power’s rates are based on current prices and adjusted every three months. That means the biggest savings are found in Duquesne’s territory.”

Because of that, Penn Power customers are, for now, out of luck because none of its three competitors can match its current 6.20 cent per kWh rate.  But if you take a longer term view, it could be worth it to contract your power have the contract start at the end of the present three-month rate period.

There are also more choices available in the electricity market compared to natural gas because there are a variety of ways to generate electricity. The state mandates that all distributors buy a percentage of electricity generated from sources such as wind, solar, geothermal and hydroelectric.

But for customers who want to be really environmentally active, suppliers offer “green” energy packages in amounts ranging from 2 percent to 100 percent. Better Cost Control can customize and energy mix specific to a customer’s requirements.

First Energy Files Rate-to-Compare for MedEd, Penelec and Penn Power for March 1 – May 31 2012

On February 12, First Energy files with the Pennsylvania PUC the new Price-To-Compare for Met-Ed, Penelec and Penn Power. These rates will be in effect from March 1 thru May 31, unless the PUC rejects the filing, which is unlikely. These prices do not include the 5.9% GRT.

Price to Compare for March – May, 2012:
MetEd: 7.185¢ per kWH
Pennelec: 6.886¢ per kWH
Penn Power: 5.807¢ per kWH

Links to the actual filings:
Penn Power