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Distribution Charges

All residential customers – regardless of whether you receive your electric supply from Duquesne Light Company (“DLC”) or from an Electric Generation Supplier (“EGS”) – are responsible for paying Distribution Charges to DLC.  Distribution Charges consist of a Customer Charge and an Energy Charge.  The Customer Charge is a monthly basic service charge that includes costs for meter reading, customer billing, service equipment, and other expenses.  DLC incurs these expenses even in months that you may not use electricity.  The Energy Charge is a per kilowatt-hour (“kWh”) charge for delivering electricity over our distribution system to your home from the transmission system. 

Supply and Transmission Charges

Customers who elect to purchase their electric supply from DLC will be charged according to the residential rates (RS, RH, and RA) as found in Rider No. 8 – Default Service Supply (“DSS”) of the Company’s Retail Tariff.  Additionally, if you select DLC to supply your electricity, the Company will provide and charge for transmission service.  Transmission service charges are basic service charges for the cost of transporting high-voltage electricity from a generation facility to the distribution lines of an electric distribution company.  The Transmission Service Charges (“TSC”) can be found in Appendix A of the Retail Tariff.

Customers who elect to purchase their electric supply from an EGS must purchase both their electric supply and transmission service from their selected EGS and are responsible for any other charges from the EGS.  Any month in which your supplier becomes unavailable or during which the customer has not chosen a supplier, DLC will supply electricity as per the provisions of Rider No. 8 – Default Service Supply and Appendix A – Transmission Service Charges.

Customers may change suppliers or return to Duquesne Light for electric supply as defined in Rule No. 45 of the Company’s Retail Tariff.

The price to compare (“PTC”) consists of both DSS and TSC rates and is helpful when comparing offers from EGSs.  Check below to find  your PTC. 

To learn more about DLC's Residential Rates, please visit the Company’s Retail Tariff.

Price to Compare

Duquesne Light Company Class Average Price to Compare by Rate Class in Cents Per Kilowatt Hour
Rate Name Description PTC
EFFECTIVE
09/01/2019 
PTC
EFFECTIVE
12/01/2019
RS Residential Service Duquesne Light's standard rate for most residential customers. Available to residential or combined residential and farm customers using the Company's standard low voltage service for lighting, appliance operation, and general household purposes and for commercial or professional activity where associated consumption represents less than 25% of the total monthly usage at the premise. 7.41 7.10
RH Residential Service Heating Available to residential or combined residential and farm customers using the Company's standard low voltage service for lighting, appliance operation, and general household purposes and for commercial or professional activity where associated consumption represents less than 25% of the total monthly usage at the premise, and as the sole primary method of space heating except that the space heating system may be supplemented with renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, wood or hydro. 6.61 6.30
RA Residential Service Add On Heat Pump Available to residential or combined residential and farm customers using the Company's standard low voltage service for lighting, appliance operation, and general household purposes and for commercial or professional activity where associated consumption represents less than 25% of the total monthly usage at the premise, and an add-on heat pump for space heating. 7.17 6.86


For more information about the Pennsylvania Electric Choice Program, call DLC at 412-393-7100 or visit www.papowerswitch.com.

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