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Electricity In Pennsylvania

  • Population12,801,989
  • Total Consumption141,420,053 MWh / 11.05 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Equivalent Emissions47,936,881,549 kg
  • Total Production239,292,662 MWh / 18.69 MWh per capita
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Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania residential electric rates are highest in January and the highest average bill is in February.

Historical Pricing:
Price Per kWHAverage Bill$0.146/kWh$0.123/kWh$158.88/mo.$81.99/mo.
37th13.30¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Pennsylvania
24th$114.14Average residential monthly electricity bill for Pennsylvania Residents

Energy Profile of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania's Electricity Prices and Usage

Consumers in Pennsylvania enjoy a lower electricity rate than many people around the nation, with an average state electric rate of 13.30 cents per kilowatt hour compared to the US average rate of 13.33 cents. This ranks Pennsylvania as the 37th best priced state in the country by average electric rate. With 147 electricity companies in the state, customers have many choices to choose from thanks to the deregulated electricity market that exists in the state. Electricity providers within the state increased their generation of megawatt hours from wind power by 2.84%. Power generation facilities in the state produce 69.21% more electricity than the state uses, providing an opportunity for electricity storage or exportation. PECO Energy Company has 1,199,574 residential customers, more than all other providers in the state. Pennsylvania has had a 3.80% decline within the past 12 months in the usage of renewable fuels for electricity production.

Electricity Providers in Pennsylvania

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PECO Energy Company12.5497.1510,267,5131,287,935,785No DataIcon representing missing value.4,461,295,630.89
PPL Electric Utilities13.05119.58,766,6801,143,916,944No DataIcon representing missing value.5,857,955,913.25
West Penn Power 10.0896.745,675,558572,248,722No DataIcon representing missing value.2,520,991,927.41
Metropolitan Edison Company11.97113.614,332,352518,420,020No DataIcon representing missing value.1,761,055,018.57
Pennsylvania Electric Company14.02100.63,323,593465,863,349No DataIcon representing missing value.1,442,227,081.24
Duquesne Light Company15.93103.183,122,842497,570,960No DataIcon representing missing value.1,468,889,970.17
Reliant Energy9.5986.182,052,560196,872,800No DataIcon representing missing value.837,741,604.4
First Energy6.4066.921,891,753121,076,000No DataIcon representing missing value.1,625,642,700.57
Penn Power12.55118.771,313,502164,785,674No DataIcon representing missing value.549,461,807.95
IGS Energy8.7691.021,000,22287,666,000No DataIcon representing missing value.617,574,050.69

Power Plants in Pennsylvania

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Peach BottomExelon Corporation (50.00%)PSEG (50.00%)
Nuclear 21,656,007353,995,316.1616.35No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
TalenEnergy SusquehannaTalenEnergy Susquehanna LLC (90.00%)Allegheny Electric Cooperative (10.00%)
Nuclear 20,480,710283,414,566.7213.84No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
LimerickExelon Corporation (100.00%)
Nuclear 19,174,551278,205,731.2414.51No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Beaver Valley
Nuclear 15,253,370219,003,990.7314.36No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Lackawanna Energy CenterInvenergy (100.00%)
Natural Gas 10,107,6263,508,921,312.82347.16No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
ConemaughUGI Development Co (3.16%)PSEG (11.93%)Montour LLC (19.06%)
Coal 8,845,901.988,374,990,759.89946.77YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
KeystonePSEG (22.84%)Montour LLC (12.34%)
Coal 8,633,163.738,506,129,677.36985.29YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
York Energy CenterCalpine (100.00%)
Natural Gas 8,112,5773,104,746,556.23382.71YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
Fairless Energy CenterEdgewater Generation, LLC (100.00%)
Natural Gas 7,378,3832,800,018,435.76379.49No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
CPV Fairview Energy CenterCPV Fairview, LLC (100.00%)
Natural Gas 7,153,7422,461,692,170344.11No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.

Quick Facts

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Pennsylvania generates 96.67% of its electricity from non-renewable fuels, giving it a ranking of 3rd worst for total electricity generation from non-renewable fuel types.

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During the past year Pennsylvania has experienced a 4.97% reduction in coal usage, going from a previous total of 29,870,442.41 megawatt hours produced from coal to 28,386,068.26 megawatt hours.

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Residents in Pennsylvania face an average of 0.61 outages lasting 69.44 minutes per year, compared to the national averages of 1.13 outages at 127.16 minutes each.

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Nuclear plants in Pennsylvania combine to generate 32.00% of the electricity produced in the state, which is 76,564,638 megawatt hours per year.

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The total population of Pennsylvania has gone down by 0.04% in the past year.

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Pennsylvania's ability to generate 2,354,000.78 megawatts of electricity through the use of hydroelectric energy sources, has given rise to its ranking of 19th highest hydroelectric energy generator in the country.

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Adams County103,00914 providers511.89$124.56/mo
Allegheny County1,216,0459 providers815.96$100.81/mo
Armstrong County64,7359 providers613.03$106.23/mo
Beaver County163,92915 providers515.32$106.57/mo
Bedford County47,88813 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.30$102.81/mo
Berks County421,16413 providers713.65$111.79/mo
Blair County121,8299 providers312.61$102.43/mo
Bradford County60,3239 providers615.10$107.34/mo
Bucks County628,27013 providers814.47$105.91/mo
Butler County187,85312 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.14.71$112.47/mo
Cambria County130,19212 providers812.25$92.77/mo
Cameron County4,4476 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.14.41$93.65/mo
Carbon County64,1829 providers314.12$101.59/mo
Centre County162,3859 providers312.17$101.75/mo
Chester County524,98913 providers514.14$102.81/mo
Clarion County38,4387 providers113.80$103.37/mo
Clearfield County79,2557 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.14.00$101.04/mo
Clinton County38,6327 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.13.40$107.06/mo
Columbia County64,96411 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.15.38$104.76/mo
Crawford County84,62919 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.13.68$106.77/mo
Cumberland County253,37013 providers612.22$117.08/mo
Dauphin County278,29912 providers412.60$105.13/mo
Delaware County566,7478 providers614.33$98.28/mo
Elk County29,9108 providers113.08$95.70/mo
Erie County269,72812 providers113.57$99.72/mo
Fayette County129,27410 providers311.45$94.95/mo
Forest County7,2478 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.14.63$96.45/mo
Franklin County155,02714 providers911.13$106.09/mo
Fulton County14,53012 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.34$104.77/mo
Greene County36,2336 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.08$96.74/mo
Huntingdon County45,14411 providers212.53$104.47/mo
Indiana County84,07310 providers312.55$101.99/mo
Jefferson County43,4257 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.13.96$102.82/mo
Juniata County24,76311 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.83$107.74/mo
Lackawanna County209,6749 providers315.52$102.45/mo
Lancaster County545,72412 providers1412.80$118.34/mo
Lawrence County85,51216 providers213.83$106.46/mo
Lebanon County141,7938 providers312.77$110.60/mo
Lehigh County369,31814 providers213.26$114.38/mo
Luzerne County317,41714 providers914.03$103.62/mo
Lycoming County113,29912 providers614.83$109.25/mo
McKean County40,62515 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.14.10$88.23/mo
Mercer County109,42414 providers113.84$108.02/mo
Mifflin County46,1385 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.13.17$110.17/mo
Monroe County170,27110 providers212.92$110.13/mo
Montgomery County830,9159 providers816.15$102.41/mo
Montour County18,2309 providers115.58$107.45/mo
Northampton County305,2858 providers1012.89$114.77/mo
Northumberland County90,84312 providers115.34$110.43/mo
Perry County46,27211 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.20$101.65/mo
Philadelphia County1,584,0649 providers1214.83$99.43/mo
Pike County55,80913 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.57$106.35/mo
Potter County16,52617 providers114.65$98.93/mo
Schuylkill County141,35911 providers1014.83$105.35/mo
Snyder County40,3729 providers313.95$112.19/mo
Somerset County73,44711 providers1311.89$87.31/mo
Sullivan County6,0668 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.14.88$110.30/mo
Susquehanna County40,32811 providers114.59$105.81/mo
Tioga County40,59112 providers215.67$105.00/mo
Union County44,9237 providers113.47$117.88/mo
Venango County50,66811 providers214.14$105.90/mo
Warren County39,19114 providers214.82$92.34/mo
Washington County206,86510 providers113.90$98.04/mo
Wayne County51,36114 providers214.57$104.43/mo
Westmoreland County348,89915 providers213.44$97.92/mo
Wyoming County26,7949 providers313.71$106.16/mo
York County449,05813 providers912.12$127.95/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

Coming in at 9th worst in the country, Pennsylvania emits 47,936,881,549.24 kilograms of CO2 & CO2 equivalent gases from electricity production a year. This total also results in a ranking of 35th highest in the nation for pollution per citizen. About 52.17% of the state of Pennsylvania’s electricity is produced using Natural Gas. Nuclear and Coal have the second and third highest total usage, respectively, for electricity production. Nuclear is used to make 32.00% of electricity generation and Coal accounts for 11.86% of total generation in the state. Pennsylvania has 235 electricity producing plants, which is the 12th highest number of power plants in a state and the 41st highest amount of plants per resident in a state.

NATURAL GAS
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
52.17%
NUCLEAR
Nuclear
Nuclear
Nuclear
Nuclear
32.00%
COAL
Coal
Coal
11.86%
WIND Renewable, RefreshableIcon representing renewability.
Wind
1.52%
CONVENTIONAL HYDROELECTRIC Renewable, RefreshableIcon representing renewability.
Conventional Hydroelectric
0.98%
OTHER
Other
1.47%

Net Metering

Pennsylvania has 38 out of 147 electricity providers reporting that they offer net metering to residents with personal solar panels. At the state level, Pennsylvania has above average laws for consumers interested in investing in personal solar.

Energy Loss

There are 49 providers in Pennsylvania that reported energy loss, including PECO Energy Company, PPL Electric Utilities, and West Penn Power . Combined, these 49 providers average an annual energy loss of 5.89% of electricity generated. The US average is 2.72%, resulting in Pennsylvania having a rank of 6th worst in the US for energy loss efficiency.

Solar Taxes And Rebates

Motivating private citizens to consider installing solar panels can definitely be a challenge due to prohibitive initial costs. Governments can help the cause by passing legislation for tax breaks and rebates for those who purchase solar panels. Pennsylvania currently does not offer a state tax credit for solar panel installation at a private residence. While there are no state sponsored rebates there are local rebates available to many consumers who wish to install solar panels at their home. Pennsylvania offers no property tax exemptions to homeowners who purchase solar. The state does not offer a sales tax exemption for the purchase of private solar, leaving residents on their own for this one.

State Level Initiatives

Consumers seeking electricity plans that use renewable fuels will benefit from statewide legislation that encourage green energy usage. States that have Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) have requirements in place for all electric providers who sell electricity in the state. These standards require that a percentage of electricity must be generated from renewable energy. While further enhancements could be made, Pennsylvania makes it necessary for 1-15% of electric production to come from renewable fuels. Also, there are currently no low income solar programs to encourage low income families to install solar panels.

FAQ: Common Questions About Energy in Pennsylvania

Where does Pennsylvania get its electricity?

The main fuels used for electricity generation in Pennsylvania are Natural Gas (52.17%), Nuclear (32.00%) and Coal (11.86%).

How much does electricity cost in Pennsylvania?

The average electricity rate paid by consumers in Pennsylvania in 2021 is 13.30 cents per kilowatt hour.