May 17, 2011 - Electric Commodity Prices to Increase Slightly for Residential Customers Third Quarter

PECO adjusts its residential Price to Compare to 10.42 cents per kilowatt hour

Contact:     Cathy Engel, 215-841-5555

PHILADELPHIA (May 17, 2011) – PECO has filed its quarterly electric commodity adjustment request with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC).  This change affects only the cost of the electricity used by customers not purchasing their electricity from a competitive supplier.  These charges are passed along directly to customers at exactly the price that PECO pays.  PECO’s rates to deliver electricity to customers have not changed. 

Electric commodity costs fluctuate – either increasing or decreasing – based on many factors including wholesale prices when purchases are made, the amount of electricity purchased, the length of purchases and other calculations.  Based on this adjustment, bills for a typical residential customer – not purchasing their electricity from a competitive electric generation supplier – will increase about 2 1/2 percent or about $2.15 a month for the third quarter beginning on July 1.  As a result, beginning July 1, PECO’s residential price to compare will be 10.42 cents per kilowatt hour for the first 500 kilowatt hours of electricity consumed per month, and 11.69 cents per kilowatt hour for usage greater than 500 kilowatt hours per month. 

Electric commodity costs for business customers also vary based on the total amount of energy they use and their energy usage patterns.  In general, prices for commercial customers not purchasing their electricity from a competitive supplier will increase about 8 to 11 percent for the third quarter.    

All customers may be able to save money by shopping for electricity with a competitive supplier.  In total nearly 300,000 PECO customers are currently purchasing the electricity they use from a competitive supplier – representing about half of all of the electricity delivered by PECO. 
To shop:

  • Use the PECO Price to Compare to evaluate offers from competitive suppliers.
  • PECO’s average residential Price to Compare is currently 9.99 cents per kilowatt hour. (kWh).  Beginning on July 1, PECO’s residential Price to Compare will be 10.42 cents per kilowatt hour for the first 500 kilowatt hours consumed, and 11.69 cents per kilowatt hour for usage greater than 500 kilowatt hours.
  • A customer’s individual Price to Compare is listed in the Message Center of their monthly bill.  Customers also can calculate their individual Price to Compare with PECO’s Price to Compare calculator at www.peco.com
  • To find competitive electric generation suppliers or learn more about shopping for electricity visit the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s website at www.papowerswitch.com

In total, the electricity used by customers – or the commodity charges – make up about two-thirds of a total bill.  This is the portion of the bill customers can purchase from a competitive electric generation supplier.  For customers not purchasing their electricity with a competitive supplier, these charges are passed along directly to customers at exactly the price that PECO pays. These costs are adjusted quarterly, as market prices change.  PECO will continue to update its price to compare quarterly to help customers evaluate offers from competitive suppliers. 

The delivery charge, or the portion of the bill that covers PECO’s costs to deliver electricity, is about one-third of the bill.  Prices charged for both portions of the bill are reviewed and approved by the PUC.

Whether customers are purchasing their electricity from a competitive electric generation supplier or from PECO, PECO will continue to safely deliver electricity, provide billing and customer support, and respond to outages and other emergencies for ALL customers.  And, ALL customers also can take advantage of our PECO Smart Ideas suite of programs to save energy and money.  To learn more about all of PECO’s programs to help you save energy and money visit www.peco.com/SmartIdeas. 


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Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). PECO serves 1.6 million electric and 486,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania and employs about 2,400 people in the region. PECO delivered 84.3 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 38.1 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2009.  Founded in 1881, PECO is one of the Greater Philadelphia Region's most active corporate citizens, providing leadership, volunteer and financial support to numerous arts and culture, education, environmental, economic development and community programs and organizations.

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