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Consumer advocates in Pennsylvania caution against switching electric suppliers as utilities raise rates

Consumer advocates warn that unless you are willing to take the time and do your homework, it’s best to stick with the “default provider” utility.

By Susan Phillips/StateImpact Pennsylvania

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Consumer advocates in Pennsylvania caution against switching electric suppliers as utilities raise rates

Prices are up because of the rising costs of natural gas, which generates about half of the state’s electricity.

By Susan Phillips/StateImpact Pennsylvania

Climate activists set their sights on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission

Gov. Wolf needs to appoint two new commissioners this fall to fill vacancies on the five-member board, but faces pushback in the state Senate, which opposes Pa.’s plans to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

By Susan Phillips/StateImpact Pennsylvania

When it comes to electricity, Pennsylvanians have lots of options. Experts say to do your homework

Pennsylvanians can choose their electric provider — and skyrocketing bills in Texas a few months ago hit home for some people here. The state utility commission says consumer protections are in place in the commonwealth.

By Anne Danahy/StateImpact Pennsylvania

Wolf withdraws nomination to utility regulator after lawmakers threaten no vote

Wolf’s candidate is leading the administration’s effort to have the state join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative which Republican lawmakers oppose.

By Rachel McDevitt/StateImpact Pennsylvania

In RGGI fight escalation, GOP blocks Wolf’s nominations to utility regulator

The move shocked some environmental and consumer protection groups, who say Republicans are holding the Public Utility Commission hostage over an unrelated policy decision.

By Rachel McDevitt/StateImpact Pennsylvania

Seven digit dialing has gone the way of the rotary phone in parts of Central Pennsylvania

Rather than splitting the region into two separate areas, the PUC is adding an “overlay” area code. When all the 814 numbers are gone, new lines will get 582 as their area code. That could happen as early as May 1.

By Anne Danahy/WPSU