What Is Electric Choice?

Electric customers in Pennsylvania are among the very first people in the nation to be able to choose the company that generates their electricity. In 1996, the state legislature passed, and Governor Ridge signed into law, the Electricity Generation Customer Choice and Competition Act, which gives Pennsylvanians this right.

What exactly are you choosing?
You can choose the company that generates your electricity. This is called an "electric generation supplier" or EGS. As your current electric company ("electric distribution company" or EDC) Duquesne Light will continue to provide the transmission and distribution parts of your electric service. Additionally, the Public Utility Commission (PUC) will continue to oversee electric service in Pennsylvania. The quality, reliability, and safety of your electric service will not change under Electric Choice.

Why would you want choice?
Having choice means that you can shop around for the price and type of service that best suits your needs. Just like when you're shopping for a new car or television set, different things will be important to you - things that might not be important to your friends or neighbors. Some things that might be important to you are:
  • Different combinations of service and price.
  • Where the energy is produced.
  • Whether the supplier contributes to the Pennsylvania economy.
  • Uses of renewable energy sources.
  • Whether the supplier offers a budget billing plan.

Choice means that you can make decisions based on what is most important to you.

Here's how getting electricity used to work:

Under the Pennsylvania Electric Choice Program, here's how getting your electricity works:

Some reasons to enroll in Electric Choice:
  • You may save money
  • You can choose how your electricity is generated