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PPL rates to decrease for some small businesses

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PPL Electric Utilities will change its generation service charge Dec. 1 based on the latest costs to supply service to customers who do not choose an alternative supplier in the competitive power market.

The price to compare will decrease slightly for residential and small commercial customers on the utility's default supply service.

For small business customers, the new price to compare will be 10.206 cents per kilowatt-hour, compared with 10.346 cents per kilowatt-hour currently.

A full list of PPL Electric Utilities' new rates for all rate classes can be found at www.pplelectric.com/choice.

For residential customers, the new price to compare will be 7.544 cents per kilowatt-hour, down from 7.907 cents per kilowatt-hour currently.

The utility's generation and transmission rates combined make up the “price to compare” for the purposes of shopping among alternative suppliers.

The components of the price to compare make up about two-thirds of the typical residential monthly bill for non-shopping customers. The price to compare does not include the distribution charges on a customer's bill, which apply to all customers and cover the company's costs to deliver power and provide customer service.

While usage is higher in the winter and summer months, this has been offset by falling energy prices, resulting in a small decrease to the price to compare for the December 2012 through February 2013 period.

Stacy Wescoe

Stacy Wescoe

Writer and online editor Stacy Wescoe has her finger on the pulse of the business community in the Greater Lehigh Valley and keeps you up-to-date with technology and trends, plus what coworkers and competitors are talking about around the water cooler — and on social media. She can be reached at stacyw@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 104. Follow her on Twitter at @morestacy and on Facebook. Circle Stacy Wescoe on .

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