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More 2 million Pennsylvania residents and business owners have saved with a deregulated electricity or natural gas plan, thanks to the PA Power Switch program.

If you’re not one of them, now is the time! Since January, two of the state’s largest public utilities, PECO and Duquesne Light, have increased their energy rates by roughly 5 percent. Why pay more for the same electricity? Switch to a deregulated energy plan today.


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Pennsylvanians across the state can take advantage of low electricity and natural gas rates from some of the nation’s most trusted competitive providers.

If you live in Pittsburgh or Philadelphia or any of the cities listed below, you could save with a deregulated energy plan:


What is Pennsylvania electric choice?

The Electricity Generation Choice and Competition Act, passed by the state legislature in 1997, allowed for PA electric choice.

Electric choice took the energy monopoly away from the utilities and gave power back to Pennsylvanians across the state. Now, residents and business owners can choose from a number of nationally-recognized retail energy providers, or REPs, and save on their monthly energy bills.


How does the deregulated energy system work?

Retail suppliers purchase electricity wholesale and sell it directly to you, the consumer, while utilities continue to deliver that power through the existing infrastructure of transmission lines. Of course, consumers can choose to receive their power from their utility – but they might be paying more for the same energy.

No matter which supplier you choose, your local utility is still responsible for maintaining the electrical infrastructure in your area. If you notice a power outage or electrical emergency, report it to your local utility immediately.


What is Pennsylvania gas choice?

The deregulation of the gas market came shortly after that of the electricity market, when the Natural Gas Choice and Competition Act was signed into law in 1999. Similar to the state’s electric choice system, the legislation gave Pennsylvania’s residents and business customers the opportunity to choose which deregulated company supplies their gas.

As with the power program, your relationship with your local utility will remain regardless of what retail supplier you choose, whether it’s an independent gas supplier or your utility. The local utility will continue to deliver your gas supply through the pipes that run underneath your neighborhood and ensure that the system is working properly. Any issues with your gas supply, such as a leak, should be reported to your utility immediately.


Pennsylvania energy frequently asked questions


What deregulated energy suppliers are available in Pennsylvania?

Who do you call to report a power outage in Pennsylvania?

If your electricity it out, it’s important to immediately contact your utility, not your Pennsylvania electric supplier. Find your utility’s information below to report a loss of power:

Electric Utility Phone Number
Citizen’s Electric Company 1-570-524-2231
Duquesne Light Company 1-888-393-7000
Met-Ed 1-888-544-4877
PECO 1-800-841-4141
Penelec 1-888-544-4877
Penn Power 1-888-544-4877
Pike County Light and Power 1-877-434-4100
PPL Electric Utilities 1-800-342-5775
UGI Electric Service 1-800-276-2722
Wellsboro Electric Company 1-570-724-3516
West Penn Power 1-888-544-4877

Who do you call to report a gas emergency in Pennsylvania?

Natural gas emergencies are extremely dangerous. Call your utility if you have discovered a gas leak or if you experience an interruption in service. Find your utility’s contact information below:

Gas Utility Phone Number
Columbia Gas of PA 1-888-460-4332
Equitable Gas 1-800-253-3928
Leatherstocking Gas Company 1-800-834-2134
National Fuel Gas 1-800-444-3130
PECO Gas 1-800-841-4141
Peoples 1-800-400-4271
Philadelphia Gas Works 1-215-235-1212
Orange & Rockland 1-800-533-5325
UGI Gas Service (UGI Penn Natural Gas) 1-800-276-2722
UGI Central Penn Gas 1-800-652-0550
Valley Energy 1-800-998-4427

Updated: 10-7-19

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