Customers who use Penelec as an electricity generation supplier pay more for their electricity.
As of Wednesday, the residential electricity rate fell from 6.46 cents per kilowatt hour to 6.76 cents per kwh, according to Todd Meyers, spokesperson for FirstEnergy Corp., the parent company of Penelec.
For typical residential customers using 750 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month, bills will increase by about $ 2.25 per month, from $ 114.54 to $ 116.79, Meyers said.
Electricity bills are divided into two parts: the cost of producing electricity and the cost of transportation for the maintenance of power lines, etc.
Consumers can choose their electricity supplier. For the Altoona region, there are 56 providers in addition to Penelec.
Other vendor rates for the region, according to PAPowerSwitch.com, range from nTherm LLC at 4.79 cents per kilowatt hour (variable rate) to Green Mountain Energy Co. at 12.30 cents per kilowatt hour (fixed rate for 12 months).
Meanwhile, Kinect Energy is partnering with WGL Energy Services to provide electricity and natural gas to small business customers through its Chamber Choice program.
WGL Energy serves commercial and residential customers. The current rate offered to residential customers is a two-year fixed rate of 7.09 cents per kWh.
Customers can obtain the rate by going to the Blair Chamber website and clicking on the Chamber Choice energy program icon or by visiting www.wglenergy.com/kinect.
Mirror staff writer Walt Frank is at 814-946-7467.