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Penelec increases winter prices

Customers who use Penelec as their power generation supplier are paying slightly more for their electricity.

Effective Tuesday, the residential rate for electricity increased from 5.6 cents per kilowatt-hour to 5.67 cents per kwh, said spokesman Todd Meyers of FirstEnergy Corp., Penelec’s parent company.

For typical residential customers using 750 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month, bills will increase by about 0.5 percent or 52 cents per month from $108.06 to $108.58, Meyers said

“Electricity prices typically rise in the winter as a function of supply and demand with increased usage to run heaters and furnace motors,” Meyers said..

Electric bills are divided into two parts: the cost of generating electricity and the cost of transmission for maintaining electric lines, etc.

Consumers can choose their electric supplier. For the Altoona area, there are 56 providers in addition to Penelec.

The other providers’ rates for the area, according to PAPowerSwitch.com, range from CleanSky Energy at 3.90 cents per kilowatt hour (fixed rate for three months) to SFE Energy and StateWise Energy Pa. LLC at 10.49 cents per kilowatt hour (fixed rate for 24 or 36 months).

Meanwhile, Kinect Energy is partnering with WGL Energy Services to provide electricity and natural gas to small business customers as part of its Chamber Choice program.

WGL Energy serves business and residential customers. The current rate being offered to residential customers is a one-year fixed rate of 6.09 cents per kwh.

Customers can secure the rate by going to the Blair chamber website and clicking on the icon for the Chamber Choice energy program or by visiting www.wglenergy.com/kinect.

Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank is at 946-7467.

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