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Philadelphia Electricity Prices

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Source: EnergyBot (updated daily, averages based on 4 month trends)

Philadelphia Commercial Electricity Rates and Plans

How to find the best electric rate for your business

For businesses of all sizes – from small businesses to enterprise-level, the deregulated market has enabled competition. Today, every business has the ability to compare energy plans from top energy suppliers and shop for the best rate available.

In most cases, businesses will be able to effectively manage and/or reduce their monthly electricity costs by switching energy plans and providers every year.

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Philadelphia Energy Providers and Utilities

Since Pennsylvania electric deregulation began in 1996, businesses have the power to choose their specific electricity provider or to continue to purchase from their utility company. For businesses of all sizes in Philadelphia, the deregulated market allows business owners to compare energy plans from top energy suppliers and shop for the best rate.

Energy Deregulation in Pennsylvania

In 1994 the Public Utilities Commission began investigating the energy market and published their findings in "The Report and Recommendation on Electric Competition". Their research convinced the state assembly to pass the Electricity Generation Customer Choice and Competition Act in 1996. Over the next 15 years, Pennsylvania removed market rate caps by region gradually forming a free market.

What is the difference between a Utility and an Energy Provider?

Utilities are the entities in charge of the operation and maintenance of the energy infrastructure, like wires and towers. The local utility in Philadelphia is Penn Power, Penelec, Duquesne Light Company, PPL Electric Utilities, West Penn Power, and Met-Ed. Each utility is responsible for transporting electricity from the generators to residential homes and businesses in Philadelphia.

Energy providers in Philadelphia, like Direct Energy, Entrust, and Public Power, are the competitive energy retailers. Each energy provider buys energy from the wholesale market (the generators) and then re-sells it to consumers (homeowners, renters, and businesses).

In most cases, the consumer (the homeowner, renter, or business) signs a contract with an energy provider for a specific energy plan. The basic energy plan details the rate class, the energy rate per kWh, the contract term length (6, 12, 24, 36 months), and other contract terms like the cancellation fee policy.

Philadelphia Energy Data

Last updated October 2021

  • The average Philadelphia commercial electricity rate is 8.75 ¢/kWh (24% lower than the national average).
  • The average Philadelphia residential electricity rate is 13.73 ¢/kWh (1% lower than the national average).
Source: Pennsylvania energy data from The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Switch Electricity Providers in Philadelphia

Finding a new electricity provider in Philadelphia is simple with EnergyBot. Follow these simple steps to get the lowest electricity rate in Philadelphia.

Step 1: Shop Philadelphia electric companies and prices

Enter your zip code at the top of this page and you can quickly see plans from the top Philadelphia electric companies. For even better pricing use our data linking tool to pull in your historic usage from your utility.

Step 2: Review the plan details

Energy plans often have long confusing contracts. We don't like teaser rates and tricky terms, so we filter out the plans that trick customers into bill spikes. Each plan you see on our site has plan details. This breaks down the most important information about the plan into a way that is easy to understand.

Step 3: Confirm the switch to a new energy provider

Once you have decided on a new energy plan for your home business just follow the prompts to confirm. Once you're done, we give you dashboard to see the status of your contract.

Types of Energy Plans offered in Philadelphia

Philadelphia energy providers offer rates and plans with a range of options and terms. While you will see many types of plans for the most part they are in two categories: fixed-rate and variable rate.

Fixed-Rate Electricity Plans in Philadelphia

Fixed-rate plans will have a set price for the term of the contract. Regardless of weather, natural events, or market volatility, your rate will not change. In most cases, fixed-rate plans have a term length of 6, 12, 24, or 36 months. We recommend fixed-rate plans for most customers.

Variable-Rate Electricity Plans Philadelphia

Variable-rate plan rates may change on a monthly basis based on market factors. Variable-rate plans offer more flexibility but present more volatility in pricing. Price changes may impact your monthly electricity bill in the form of price hikes. In most cases, we do not recommend variable-rate plans.

Philadelphia Electric Rates

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About Philadelphia

Philadelphia, also known as Philly, is the largest city in Pennsylvania and the 6th largest city in the U.S, with a growing population of 1,580,863.

Founded in 1682, Philadelphia played a major role in the founding of the country as it served as the meeting place for the Second Continental Congress and signing of both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution and then served as the nation’s first capital.

Today, Philadelphia is home to the 6th largest workforce in the U.S including highly skilled professionals in leading industries, including energy, manufacturing, life sciences, technology and financial services. With a strategic east coast location between New York City and Washington, DC, the Philadelphia metro area serves as the headquarters for 18 Fortune 500 companies.

Also known as the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia was named the first World Heritage City in the U.S. and consistently ranks as one of the top places to visit in the U.S.

Power lines outside Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Energy Profile

Electricity for Philadelphia business and residential users is generated across the regional electricity grid, and several entities are collectively responsible for providing electricity:

  • PJM Interconnection: PJM operates the wholesale electricity marketplace and ensures the reliability of the electricity grid, and conducts long-term planning for the future of electricity generation and transmission.
  • Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission (PUC): Electricity is regulated at the state level by the PA PUC. The PUC sets rates (which influence how much electricity costs) and manages programs to improve energy efficiency and promote renewable electricity.
  • PECO: PECO is the distribution company in Philadelphia. While all customers can choose their electricity supplier, PECO is the only distributor for Philadelphia homes and businesses.
  • City of Philadelphia: The City has a strong working relationship with PECO and regularly files comments on relevant proceedings with the PUC. The Office of Sustainability is reviewing opportunities to be more involved with PJM.

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