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Pennsylvania Electricity Rates

Updated: 12/02/2021

If you’re a Pennsylvania resident, chances are you have the benefit of Energy Choice, sometimes known as PA Electric Choice. This means that you can compare Pennsylvania electricity rates, switch providers and realize potential savings on your bill.

As of December 2021, over 1.46 million residential customers and over 300,000 businesses have switched to a retail electricity provider in Pennsylvania. This makes up approximately 30% of all customers in the state and 60% of total electricity delivered. Keep reading to learn why so many of your neighbors in PA are comparing rates and making the switch!

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Pennsylvania
Best Electricity Rates
ProviderPlan NameLengthRate Per kWhSign Up
Constellation
36 Month Home Power Plan
36 Mo.10.29¢Select
Direct Energy
Live Brighter 36
36 Mo.10.39¢Select
Energy Harbor
PT Safe Harbor 36
36 Mo.10.68¢Select
Constellation
24 Month Home Power Plan
24 Mo.10.69¢Select
Tomorrow Energy
24 Month Fixed
24 Mo.11.24¢Select
PlanRate Per kWh
Constellation
36 Month Home Power Plan

36 Months
10.29¢
Select
Direct Energy
Live Brighter 36

36 Months
10.39¢
Select
Energy Harbor
PT Safe Harbor 36

36 Months
10.68¢
Select
Constellation
24 Month Home Power Plan

24 Months
10.69¢
Select
Tomorrow Energy
24 Month Fixed

24 Months
11.24¢
Select
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Average Pennsylvania Electricity Costs

As of December 2021, Pennsylvania's average electricity price for residential customers is 13.58¢ per kWh. The average Pennsylvania home uses 846 kWh of electricity per month, putting them in the top half of the country for energy efficiency. The average electricity bill in Pennsylvania is $114.90 per month, which is the 26th highest average electricity bill in the US.

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13.58¢

Average Rate per/kWh

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846 kWh

Average Usage per month

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$114.90

Average Cost per month

HOW DOES THIS COMPARE NATIONALLY?

14th Highest

Average Rate

32nd Highest

Average Usage

26th Highest

Average Cost

Updated: 12/1/2021

Source: Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Pennsylvania Electricity Rates Trend

Here is the average retail price for residential electricity in Pennsylvania over time

How to Compare Electricity Rates in Pennsylvania

ElectricityRates.com offers a free Rate Comparison Tool to help Pennsylvanians compare the best electricity rates available in your area. Shopping for electricity on ElectricityRates.com is a simple three-step process.

How to Compare Pennsylvania Electricity Rates
  1. Enter your ZIP Code – Enter your ZIP Code to see providers available in your area.
  2. Compare electricity providers and plans – Pay attention to each plan’s terms and conditions, rate, and length.
  3. Switch electricity providers – After you find the right plan for you, select it, fill out the necessary information, and switch.

Your new energy provider will take over within one to two billing cycles. To get started, find the free Rate Comparison Tool at the top of the page and enter your ZIP Code.

About Energy Choice in Pennsylvania

Energy Choice became an option for Pennsylvania residents in the late 1990s. It all started when Pennsylvania passed HB 1509 in late 1996. This “deregulated” the Pennsylvania electricity market. Energy Choice (aka “energy deregulation”) allowed customers to pick their own energy provider.

Before 1996, Pennsylvania had what is often called a “traditional” electricity market. With a traditional market, residents didn’t have a say in their energy supply. Your local utility provider determined your energy supply and your rate was set by the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission (PUC).

With a deregulated market, Pennsylvania residents can now choose their electricity supplier. This forces electricity providers to compete on price and gives customers more energy options. The Pennsylvania PUC still regulates the electricity market and still sets the price for the state’s utility providers.

The Official PA Power Switch Website

The Pennsylvania PUC also has its own switching site called PA Power Switch. It gives you a large list of options to choose from. However, any provider can put their plans on the site and some have hidden fees.

That is why choosing an alternative switching platform like ElectricityRates.com can be better. ElectricityRates.com ensures reputable providers and upfront pricing you can trust.

Types of Pennsylvania Electricity Rates

There are many different types of electricity plans available in Pennsylvania. Here is an overview of some of your options.

Fixed-Rate Electricity Plans

A fixed-rate plan locks in your rate at the advertised price. It will not change for the length of the plan. Fixed-rate plans often save you more money than variable-rate plans. Variable-rate plans are subject to unexpected rate hikes and don’t guarantee a maximum rate. To save you the most money possible, ElectricityRates.com only offers fixed-rate plans.

One last important thing to note is what happens at the end of a fixed-rate plan. When a fixed-rate contract ends, it usually switches to a variable-rate. If you want to stay on a fixed-rate plan, negotiate another one with your provider or come back to ElectricityRates.com to switch.

100% Renewable Plans

If you’re an advocate for clean energy, you can show your support by choosing a plan that sources 100% of its energy from renewable resources. Look for the “100% Renewable Sources” label to find a renewable energy plan and feel good about the energy you use.

Electricity Plans With Incentives

Some plans have incentives bundled with them. For example, Constellation bundles its Connect Energy Package with certain electricity plans which include smart-home devices that can schedule lights to turn off and on, lock your door and monitor how efficient your appliances are. Available incentives can be found in the plan details section for any electricity plan.

Variable-Rate Electricity Plans

Variable-rate plans will change rates periodically based on market conditions.

Flexibility is the key advantage of variable-rate plans. Usually, there are no cancellation fees with variable-rate plans. If you are not living somewhere for very long, it may be beneficial to have a variable rate, so you don’t have to worry about paying a cancellation fee.

However, with variable-rate plans, you often end up paying more in the long run.

Reading Your Pennsylvania Electricity Bill

When switching energy providers in Pennsylvania, it is important to know the two main types of charges on your bill.

Utility Provider Charges

These include distribution charges, customer charges, and any other charges that go to the utility provider. The Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission regulates these charges. These charges do not change when you switch electricity providers.

Energy Supply Charges

This is the charge for the electricity you use. This is the part of the bill that changes when you switch electricity providers. You can locate your current electricity supply rate on your bill.

Price to Compare

If you get your supply through your utility provider, you can use the “Price to Compare” to compare electricity rates. This is the default rate that your utility charges for the electricity that you use.

When you switch electricity providers, your utility provider still bills you. Your new electricity provider is the only thing that changes.

Pennsylvania Utility Providers with Energy Choice

Click below to learn more about Pennsylvania utilities offering Energy Choice.

Find the best electricity rates for some of the most popular areas in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Electricity Companies

There are 100+ electricity providers licensed by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. These range from smaller municipal-based companies to large national providers such as Constellation, Tomorrow Energy, Public Power, and Direct Energy. Factors that you should consider when choosing an electricity provider include reputation, longevity and customer service.

Learn more about choosing a Pennsylvania Electricity supplier here. 

Business and Commercial Electricity Rates in Pennsylvania

Business owners can save big through electricity deregulation. However, the switching process is not as simple as typing in your ZIP Code.

That is because the rates available to you are dependent on your electricity usage. The more you use, the lower your rate can get.

To find the best rates for your business, fill out the form on ElectricityRates.com’s business electricity page. An ElectricityRates.com representative will then get in contact with you to help you find the right plan for your business.

Ready to make the switch? Enter your ZIP Code at the top of the page to compare great rates from leading electricity providers in your area!

Pennsylvania Electricity Rates FAQ's

Can I switch electricity providers in Pennsylvania?

Most Pennsylvania residents benefit from Energy Choice. This means that they can compare competing offers from electricity providers and choose the best one for their home. You have Energy Choice If your local utility provider. is Duquesne Light, Met-Ed. Pike County Light & Power, PECO, PPL Electric, Penelec, Penn Power or West Penn Power

What does a kWh of electricity cost in Pennsylvania?

According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the average cost for electricity in Pennsylvania is 13.58¢ per kilowatt-hour (kWh) as of October 2021. This is slightly higher than the national average of 13.15¢ per kWh.

What is PA Power Switch?

PA Power Switch is the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission’s official energy shopping site. It showcases many electricity providers and plans. However, some of these plans and providers have hidden fees that can end up costing you more if you don’t understand your electricity contract which is why an alternative like ElectricityRates.com is a great choice.

How does Pennsylvania generate electricity?

Pennsylvania mainly generates electricity with natural gas, nuclear and coal. Here is an approximate breakdown of sources.

Natural Gas: 42.6%, Nuclear: 36%, Coal: 16.8%., Hydroelectric: 1.7%, Wind: 1.5%

Who is the cheapest electricity supplier in Pennsylvania?

It depends. PA electricity providers offer different rates at different times depending on what they’re able to offer. The best way to find the cheapest supplier is checking ElectricityRates.com by entering your ZIP Code and comparing offers. If you’re willing to lock in a longer-term contract you’re usually able to secure a lower rate.