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District Offices
Tiadaghton Valley Mall
Room 105
701 Allegheny Street, Box 4
Jersey Shore, PA 17740
(570) 398-4476

Closed for lunch: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Penn Hills Plaza, Halls Station
21 Kristi Road
Suite 1
Muncy, PA 17756
(570) 546-2084

Closed for lunch: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Capitol Office
Hon. Garth Everett
401 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202084
Harrisburg PA 17120-2084
(717) 787-5270
Fax: (717) 772-9958

E-Mail:  
geverett@pahousegop.com

Everett Says Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Rulings to Benefit Electric Customers
4/4/2014
HARRISBURG – Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming) today said the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) finalized new rules this week that reduces the time it takes for consumers to change electric suppliers. This change will provide electric shopping customers with greater, uniform detail in electric supplier disclosure statements and more timely information on “contract renewal” and “change in terms” notices.

“These actions by the PUC are a welcome development in a time when many electric customers have seen skyrocketing utility bills,” said Everett. “I applaud the commission for working in the interest of consumers, and to make the entire process of buying electric service and switching suppliers more transparent.”

In February and March, more than 9,137 consumers contacted the PUC with concerns about electric supply prices, many of whom expressed frustration with the time it takes to change suppliers. Of those, more than 5,732 consumers filed informal complaints with the PUC’s Bureau of Consumer Services.

Everett said the commission voted 5-0 to approve the regulations that require the electric distribution company (EDCs) to accelerate switching time frames through off-cycle meter readings which will then allow consumers to switch suppliers within three business days once the EDC has been notified. EDCs are required to implement the changes within six months. This will enable customers to have portability and access new products easier.

In addition, Everett said the commission voted 5-0 to approve regulations that require electric generation suppliers to display key contractual terms and conditions more prominently, especially for customers on variable-priced products; provide historical pricing data on their products; and prominently mark customer notices prior to contract expiration or changes in terms. The changes are designed to provide additional information and greater protections for residential and small business customers choosing a competitive supplier for their electric generation.

“These measures should go a long way to alleviate problems that many consumers are having, and prevent the large rate spikes that took place during the recent bitter weather,” said Everett.

The regulations must be approved by the Independent Regulatory Review Commission, Office of the Attorney General, Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee and House Consumer Affairs Committee before going into effect.

For more information and a complete listing of the actions, visit the PUC website at puc.pa.gov.

Rep. Garth D. Everett
84th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

(570) 546-2084
(717) 787-5270
Contact: Raymond Smith
rsmith@pahousegop.com  
(717) 7051834
Member Site: RepEverett.com
Caucus Site: PAHouseGOP.com
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