The electricity company once known as Pennsylvania Power & Light, PPL’s roots are fixed firmly in its home of Allentown, the onetime industrial powerhouse of Pennsylvania. Though the region’s manufacturing base has declined somewhat in recent years, PPL provided the power behind one of the most critical industrial regions of the American Northeast.
PPL Service Area
PPL has grown to cover much of the eastern portion of Pennsylvania, dividing its service area into six regions:
- Lehigh Region encompasses Allentown and nearby Bethlehem, where PPL got its start.
- Susquehanna Region stretches from Berwick past Williamsport.
- Harrisburg Region includes the capital and its surroundings to the northwest.
- Lancaster Region largely encompasses Lancaster Country itself.
- Central and Northeast Regions cover much of the space in between and northeast to the state border with New York, from Pottsville to Scranton and Honesdale.
- In all, PPL’s service area covers 1.4 million across 29 counties in Pennsylvania.
- PPL also serves around 1 million customers scattered across much of Kentucky and 2.6 million in the U.K., largely in Wales.
History of the Company
Pennsylvania Power & Light began as a conglomeration of 62 different power plants in the eastern part of the state along with eight regional utility companies. Though the combination led to a complex system of parent companies and holding companies, the resulting utility lasted largely unchanged until the beginning of electricity deregulation in 1998.
Soon after this the company moved quickly to purchase Montana Power. Several years later it also acquired E.ON, the British parent company to two major Kentucky utilities as well as some local companies.
Electricity Deregulation in Pennsylvania
Though it began in earnest in 1998, electricity deregulation was set in motion with the passage of the Electricity Generation and Customer Choice and Competition Act in 1996. Though the state had hoped to see lower electricity rates with the new policy, caution and confusion about the possible implications led policymakers to impose caps on prices given by utility companies. This move led to under-market prices and extremely limited competition from alternative electricity provider.
The end of this policy at the start of 2011 led to a dramatic rise in competition and a much larger number of customers saving money with retail electricity suppliers.
- Nearly 42 percent of all PPl customers chose to switch electricity providers.
- Unlike many regions, residential customers are not far behind commercial and industrial customers, with 40.7 percent of residents in PPL’s area switching, as opposed to 50.1 percent and 67 percent, respectively.
PPL Power Outages
For more information on power outages for PPL customers please visit: http://www.pplelectric.com/Outage+Center/
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