Thousands Shop For Cheaper Power, Par...

Thousands Shop For Cheaper Power, Part Ways With PPL

There are 31 comments on the WFMZ story from Dec 28, 2009, titled Thousands Shop For Cheaper Power, Part Ways With PPL. In it, WFMZ reports that:

Thousands of customers are parting ways with PPL . The company says nearly 117,000 people have made the switch to another electricity supplier.

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Since: Feb 09

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#23 Dec 29, 2009
talkinghawk wrote:
So will the overcharges by PPL be recalculated to reflect the thousands of lost customers? Will the 16plus million in overcharges be rebated to PPL customers or stay in PPL pockets?
Take a wild guess on that one.
Paula Slatington PA

United States

#24 Dec 29, 2009
I am staying put with PPL. I use oil to heat my home. In the summer I run air conditioners(only at night), ceiling fans constantly, and a swimming pool filter for about 4-6 hours a day and my electric bill is not that much different than in the winter. I will play the wait and see game and not be one to jump ship and panic. I do however feel for those people who have all electric homes. My girlfriend is on a budget plan for years and her electric bill is off the charts!
a local

Bethlehem, PA

#25 Dec 29, 2009
I'm wondering how many have already become partially Amish so they can afford to feed their family.

After to hike, timers and appliances that have an auto-shutoff, unplugging unused electronics, and those covered swirly light bulbs, and waiting until it's pitch black to turn on any of them will save what, a dollar a month compared to before??

Also, utilities, in addition to the general cost of living (compared to average salary) in PA used to be low enough to encourage moving here, as opposed to other states. So to the person that made a comment about that, there you go.
Irish Girl

Allentown, PA

#26 Dec 29, 2009
Everything is going up but my salary!! UGH!

Allentown, PA

#27 Dec 29, 2009
Linda wrote:
Seems to me that the "STORY" from the president of PPL has a few kinks ! If they don't make ELECTRICITY , than what is Brunner Island or Holtwood , Montour , Susquehanna , Martins Creek plants do for PPL ?
Me thinks their is a lot of lies being spread by a shady character.
I'll bet they want to save their power to sell on the open market !!!Canada and New York WOULD love the PPL rate .
Anyone disagree ?
Those PPL power plants you list don't sell power to retail, they sell it wholesale. The retail companies like Dominion and ConEd could be buying it from those plants, or many others. The PPL Electric Utilities rate they talk about comes from lots of wholesale suppliers, not just the PPL plants. So when they say they want you to shop around, it's honest. It really does not matter to PPL which supplier you choose for retail.
Old Guy

Allentown, PA

#28 Dec 29, 2009
Question for PPL Guy. Why wouldn't PPL just purchase its own supply from itself at its own wholesale price? One would think PPL is fully in charge of whatever its own wholesale cost is.

My prediction is this. After the initial deregulated year passes, all suppliers will conduct a "hidden" collusion and set everyone's rates to consumer just about the same. They'll likely even ask for an across the board increase.

As another poster hinted, just wait until the Democrats introduce (hopefully not pass) their Cap & Trade scheme. Everyone's rates will go up another 30% beyond this increase you will see on January 1.

Remember this... ALL increased expenses to the supplier WILL be passed on down to you the consumer. You are the bottom of the food chain.

The Cap & Trade scheme is another way to extract MORE taxes from you without actually sending you a tax bill. Smoke and mirrors.

Macungie, PA

#29 Dec 29, 2009
OK PPL guy , my point is that PPL has it's own power plants - claim they bought power at a higher rate - but they ACTUALLY BOUGHT THEIR OWN JUICE. So , they can give any $ PRICE for what they bought from their own company !
These companies are reallly terrific with numbers and skew them to fit their portfolio ! Wait until the union contract comes up this year - see what magic numbers PPL spews !

Slatington, PA

#30 Dec 29, 2009
Don't blame this on PPL, blame it on the idiots who YOU -- THAT'S RIGHT -- YOU voted into office to make this happen. If you think this is bad, wait until you have to pay for all of the state and teacher retirements in two years. This is going to seem like nothing.

Blandon, PA

#31 Dec 31, 2009
another scam being foisted on the citizens.Purposeful confusion.
There will be no savings, just expenses.
The winners are the new "suppliers".
Competition - I think not.
WalmartTelephone Electric

Parksley, VA

#32 May 11, 2010
I signed up with Walmart Telephone/Telegraph & Electric. I pay 10.oo a month for all those services or 19.99 for three months.

“Learning from others is good.”

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#33 May 11, 2010
WalmartTelephoneElectric wrote:
I signed up with Walmart Telephone/Telegraph & Electric. I pay 10.oo a month for all those services or 19.99 for three months.
I did not hear about this. Very interesting.

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