Electric rates for medium and small business customers at the FirstEnergy utilities in central and western Pennsylvania will increase on December 1 for customers who continue to buy their power supply from the utility, with increases as high as 32% at some utilities.

The FirstEnergy utilities – Met-Ed, Penelec, Penn Power, and West Penn Power – have filed with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission their default electric service supply rates, known as PTC-Default, for the three-month period beginning December 1. The PTC-Default rates reflect the all-in cost of electricity supply for customers who do not shop, but do not reflect the application of the State Tax Adjustment Surcharge (STAS), which has a minimal impact on rates.

The FirstEnergy commercial electric supply rates apply to customers with demands under 400 kW who do not shop for a competing electric supplier.

West Penn Power commercial customers will see the highest increase. The new West Penn Power commercial electric supply rate will be 7.947¢/kWh effective December 1, a 32% increase versus the current 6.016¢/kWh.

At Met-Ed, the commercial electric supply rate will be 7.767¢/kWh effective December 1, 15% higher than the current 6.715¢/kWh.

At Penelec, the commercial electric supply rate will be 7.576¢/kWh effective December 1, up from the current 7.414¢/kWh.

At Penn Power, the commercial electric supply rate will be 7.433¢/kWh effective December 1, versus the current 7.277¢/kWh.