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Electricity Suppliers in PA to Consider Beyond Just the Standard Brands

Monday, May 9th, 2011 | Permalink

As electric choice competition has spread in Pennsylvania we see new electric suppliers defining themselves as leaders among some familiar brands.

Most of us have heard of PECO and Penelec but how many of you have heard of MXEnergy, Champion Energy, and Gateway?

MXEnergy will soon be bought and merged with Constellation NewEnergy which is one of the largest electric companies in the US. Champion Energy and Gateway are smaller providers but still formidable and reputable suppliers many commercial and industrial companies have chosen to do business with.

These companies are all aggressively advertising in PA and are convincing people to switch away from PECO and Penelec and on over to their electric company.

Some of the electricity suppliers that are offering electric service that came in from another state are using some gorilla sales tactics to accomplish this task.

You may find yourself having your door knocked on in the middle of the day by one of the the alternate electric companies in Pennsylvania trying to snatch you away from the big brand energy companies.

There are some important things to consider before you switch providers in regards to the sales tactics they might use.

Door to Door Electricity Sales Tactics

  • The salesmen may refer to themselves as having been sent from PPL or Penelec.
  • The company may mention a notice through the mail that you might have received letting you know they were coming.
  • The company may guarantee that the electricity price would be lower when this might only be the case the first month.
  • The sales guy helps to confuse you as to if you will be switching electric companies.
  • They may make it seem that you are only changing your rate plan as your bill will still be coming from Penelec or PPL.

Do not fall for any of these slight of hand tricks as you most definitely will be switching away to a new PA electricity company. There are in fact ongoing lawsuits regarding this type of door to door scheme by some of the alternate electric companies in PA.

Switching to a new low PA electricity price is a good thing to do if it will save you money but no one wants to be lied to about it. Chances are that if a sales guy is lying to you about who they are the price may not actually save you money, as what keeps them from telling the truth about that?

We are not saying that all electric companies that knock on your door are bad it just pays to know a few things that have been happening in advance so you do not fall for the same tricks.


Pennsylvania Electric Company (Penelec)

Friday, April 22nd, 2011 | Permalink

Penelec electric utility was previously known as Pennsylvania electric company and has been around for over 100 years. Now this electricity utility is known as Penelec and is owned by First Energy.

If you live in the Penelec electric utility area you will always use Penelec to service your pole and wires and handle outage requests but you may pick a competing retail electricity supplier or continue staying with this provider.

You are not required to switch energy companies and if a door to door sales men tells you differently keep in mind that this is a common tactic used when pounding on doors but is a lie. Again, you do not have to switch companies if you are happy with Penelec.

Penelec Electric Utility Area Map

Penelec Electricity Utility Map
Penelec Utility Area Color Code

Some of the popular cities in the Penelec Electric Utility area are Erie PA, Altoona, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Gettysburg. If you live in these areas of PA or surrounding cities you have the power of electric choice.

There are quite a few alternate residential and commercial electricity suppliers in the Penelec utility area but before switching away there are a few important points to consider.

  • Penelec can act as your retail electric provider but they do not show their prices online.
  • This company actively advertises and encourages you to compare and choose the lowest price provider by utilizing an online comparison service through a company called AllConnect
  • This company will always service the pole and wires at your home or business and if you choose not to use the customer choice program they will also sell you a retail electricity rate.
  • If you choose to go with a new provider in the Penelec utility area you will still call this utility during a power outage. The outage phone number will also be listed on the electric bill you receive regardless of the company switched to.


Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 | Permalink


Penelec is an electricity company in Pennsylvania and offers the primary service of delivering electricity to homes and businesses over the poles and wires they own in their service territory.

If you move into a new home or business facility in the Penelec service territory and choose not to compare electric rates you will by default be on their electric rate they offer called the “rate to compare”

The rate to compare is often higher in price than competitive offers available by competing electricity companies in their service territory but not always. Because you can usually get a cheaper electricity rate when comparing their price with other energy companies it is worth choosing an alternate electric supplier in PA.

The advertised electricity rates in PA should bundle in all fees and charges including GRT (Gross Receipts Tax), transmission and generation charges.

When visiting the First Energy Penelec website they do not offer any clear chart that shows their electricity rate plans as they primarily advertise their electric distribution business.

The retail electricity side of their business is called First Energy Solutions and is a separate division of the company. Penelec cannot show any price discounts or favoritism to their retail side called First Energy or face government penalty.

The only rate plan you will find on their site is the “rate to compare” as listed on a pdf file. The file lists the retail electricity providers electric rate for residential customers, business, and a few other rate classes.

There are not many rate plan choices available through Penelec but just single solitary rates based on the rate class your in.

Popular Penelec Electric Service Territory

Penelec operates in these popular service territories: McKean PA, Huntingdon PA, Tyrone PA, Clearfield PA, Carrolltown PA, Philipsburg PA, Franklin PA, Martinsburg PA, Ebensburg PA, State College PA, Bellefonte PA, Altoona PA, Lewistown PA, Northern Cambria Pennsylvania, Mansfeld PA, Troy, Towanda, Alba, and Canton.

In summary because your limited in regards to rate plans and choice when staying on the default electric rate they offer it is worth shopping around and comparing other offers.

Some of the larger cities in the Penelec service territory area are Clearfield, Reynoldsville, Curwensville, Philipsburg, Bellefonte, Park Forest, Altoona, Patton, and Portage.

If you still have questions after comparing electric rates from energy suppliers competing in this utility area please sign up to learn more using the box at the top right.

Penelec Electric Utility Area

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 | Permalink


The Penelec electric utility area is an area of Pennsylvania that is open to deregulation. You can choose from multiple electricity suppliers in this area.

There are both commercial and residential electricity companies in the Penelec Utility footprint that offer fixed and variable electric rate plans and can bid on your account as multiple other providers submit quotes as well.

We facilitate the bidding process through a reverse auction that lowers the rates from competitive electricity providers in Pennsylvania as they come in.

Some of the popular cities we serve in the Penelec footprint are Mc Kean, Huntingdon, Tyrone, Clearfield, Carrolltown, Philipsburg, Franklin, Martinsburg, Ebensburg, State College, Bellefonte, Altoona, Lewistown, Northern Cambria, Mansfeld, Troy, Towanda, Alba, Canton and many others.

Below is a list of Penelec retail electricity suppliers in their footprint. You may call each one separately to receive quotes or allow us to take your electric usage out to bid. We facilitate the electricity rate down as the bids come in and create a detailed energy proposal to show you the bottom line savings.

To work directly with an energy consultant regarding your electricity account please enter your name and email in the form at the top right.

List of Competitive Commercial and Industrial Electricity Companies in the Penelec Utility Area

Affiliated Power Purchasers, Inc. (APPI) Electricity Supplier
224 Phillip Morris Drive Ste. 402
Salisbury, MD 21804

Allegheny Energy Supply Company LLC Electric Company
800 Cabin Hill Drive
Greensburg, PA 15601

Constellation NewEnergy Inc. Electric Provider
100 Constellation Way
Suite 1200C
Baltimore, MD 21202

FirstEnergy Solutions Electricity Supplier
Residential: 877-524-7283 Commercial: 800-977-0500
341 White Pond Drive B3
Akron, OH 44320

OnDemand Energy Solutions
300 Corporate Drive, Suite 130 P.O. Box 869
Moon Township, PA 15108

Pepco Energy Services Electricity Company
1300 North 17th Street, Ste. 1600
Arlington, VA 22209

PPL EnergyPlus, LLC
P.O. Box 25225
Lehigh Valley, PA 18002

Richards’ Energy Group
3901 Nolt Road-Bldg #1
Landisville, PA 17538

Select Energy, Inc.
107 Selden Street
Berlin, CT 06037

Direct Energy
Liberty Center
1001 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

GDF SUEZ Energy Resources
(866) 999-8374 (Toll Free)
1990 Post Oak Boulevard, Suite 1900
Houston, TX 77056

UGI Energy Services, Inc.
610-373-7999 / 800-427-8545
Suite 2C01
1 Meridian Boulevard
Wyomissing, PA 19610

Usource, L.L.C.
325 West Road
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Hess Corporation
(800) 437-7872 (a.k.a. 800-HESS-USA)
One Hess Plaza
Woodbridge, NJ 07095

Premier Power Solutions LLC
107 Breckenridge Street
Grove City, PA 16127

Sempra Energy Solutions LLC
401 West A Street
Suite 500
San Diego, CA 92101

Taylor Consulting and Contracting LLC
570-414-0880 or 877-237-9936; Fax 570-414-0884
625 Main Street
Avoca, PA 18641

Gexa Energy Pennsylvania LLC
20 Greenway Plaza, Suite 600
Houston, TX 77046

UtiliTech Inc.
3020 Penn Avenue
West Lawn, PA 19609

Commercial Utility Consultants Inc.
1556 McDaniel Drive
West Chester, PA 19380

Chrislynn Energy Services Inc.
301 Applridge Court
Gibsonia, PA 15044

Energy Choice Solutions
913 Shenandoah Lane
West Chester, PA 19380

201 Columbia Turnpike
Florham Park, NJ 07932

Utility Rates Analysts
220 South 17th Street
Camp Hill, PA 17011

Secure Energy Solutions
12 Somers Road
East Longmeadow, MA 01028

Paragon Advisors LLC-Energy Management Solutions
170 Boston Post Road
Suite 105
Madison, CT 06443

Energy Management Resources (EMR)
1536 NE 96th Street
Liberty, MO 64068

Northeast Energy Partners LLC
174 South Road
Enfield, CT 06082

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