Tighter Controls on Variable-Rate Electric Plans Proposed

Thousands of complaints about rate hikes have been made to the state PUC.

The state House Consumer Affairs Committee met Thursday to discuss recent rate spikes for Pennsylvania resident with variable-rate electricity plans.

The public hearing was convened after state lawmakers received “a flood of calls and emails from Pennsylvania rate payers who were hit with exceedingly high electric bills following recent storms and record low temperatures,” Rep. Robert Godshall’s office said. Godshall (R-53rd) is the chairman of the House Consumer Affairs Committee.

Testifying before the committee Thursday were the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission; the Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate; PJM, the federally-regulated transmission grid manager for Pennsylvania and 12 other states; and the Energy Association of Pennsylvania, which represents electric distribution utilities.

The Public Utility Commission has received more than 9,000 complaints statewide about spiking electric rates, PUC Chairman Robert Powelson said Thursday.

Godshall has introduced House Bill 2104, which would limit rate increases and would allow customers to switch companies without fee or penalty.

Another public hearing on variable-rate electricity plans is set for April 10 in Pittsburgh.

Have you switch to a variable-rate electric plan? Have you seen your rates change drastically? Let us know in the comments below!

dwayne roberson March 25, 2014 at 06:28 AM
Global warmie alarmists have set policy and regulation regarding energy. That is the biggest reason we pay too much. Roger Roger the president did promise rates would necessarily skyrocket for all coal electric producing plants. I hope everyone remembers this winter the next time an alarmist says we are melting our planet.
Thom Moses March 25, 2014 at 10:51 AM
Let us not forget the "alternative energy portfolio tax that Gov Rendel jambed onto our electric bill along with the "smart meter "law which includes a fee for data transmission. They use to print the AEP charge on the bill, they no longer do. It goes up every year. And now you wonder why your electric is so high? When you drive by a house with solar panels on the roof, you can say "I paying out the but for that"
Thom Moses March 25, 2014 at 11:05 AM
Coal : Clean and Cheap, the best fuel for making electricity Natural Gas
Thom Moses March 25, 2014 at 11:22 AM
Natural gas is better used as an "end user" for home heating & cooking. For business and industrial manufacturing uses. Also onsite electric generation, but not central power station. We have nuclear, hydro and coal for main production. Wind should be removed from mountain tops, it's a good alternative for on site uses but not for central and should not be subsidised.
Thom Moses March 25, 2014 at 11:39 AM
"Under my plan electric rates would necessarily skyrocket" a relatively unknown senator who is now President


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