Electricity In Pennsylvania

  • Population12,801,989
  • Total Consumption142,930,972 MWh / 11.16 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Emissions from Consumption49,062,554,867 kg
  • Total Production240,917,255 MWh / 18.82 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 Electric Rates:

Price Per kWHAverage Bill$0.146/kWh$0.126/kWh$158.88/mo.$89.00/mo.
38th13.63¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Pennsylvania
25th$116.58Average residential monthly electricity bill for Pennsylvania Residents

Energy Profile of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania's Electricity Prices and Usage

Consumers in Pennsylvania are faced with a higher residential electricity rate than many people in the nation, with an average state electric rate of 13.63 cents per kilowatt hour compared to the US average price of 13.62 cents. This ranks Pennsylvania as the 38th lowest priced state in the country by average electricity rate. With 62 electricity companies in the state, customers have many choices to choose from thanks to the deregulated electricity market that exists in the state. Previously, roughly 3,510,496.69 megawatt hours were generated in the state from wind a year. However, now that total is 3,679,881.48 megawatt hours, a 4.83% increase. There are over 49,062,554,866.91 kilograms of CO2 emissions emitted from electricity consumption in the state, which is enough to make Pennsylvania the 9th highest CO2 emitting state in the United States based on total kilograms emitted. Customers in Pennsylvania experience 0.64 power outages per year with outages lasting an average of 78.98 minutes. Residents in the state consume 11.16 megawatt hours of electricity each, which is the 34th highest amount of electricity use per capita in the nation.

Residential Electricity Providers in Pennsylvania

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
PECO Energy CompanyBUNDLED12.5496.8610,414,6471,305,629,302
PPL Electric UtilitiesBUNDLED13.32120.928,844,8831,178,016,128
West Penn PowerBUNDLED10.28985,728,170589,038,210
Metropolitan Edison CompanyBUNDLED12.51118.494,400,004550,317,214
Pennsylvania Electric CompanyBUNDLED14.36103.743,387,365486,566,190
Duquesne Light CompanyBUNDLED16.13104.063,158,540509,346,110
Penn PowerBUNDLED12.93120.881,319,935170,692,218
UGI UtilitiesBUNDLED11.0195.12571,12962,908,903
Ambit EnergyENERGY7.4171.6451,21433,436,000
Adams Electric Cooperative PennsylvaniaBUNDLED12.49146.84439,91054,948,000

Power Plants in Pennsylvania

PlantCity/CountyPrimary Fuel TypeProduction (MWh)Emission (KG)Emissions/MWh (KG/MWh)Toxic Chemical ReleaseClosing Date
York County Nuclear 21,981,017
Luzerne County Nuclear 20,153,011
Montgomery County Nuclear 19,101,433
Shippingport Nuclear 14,776,341
Lackawanna Energy CenterInvenergy (100.00%)
Jessup Natural Gas 10,457,2793,593,196,723.06343.61
KeystoneTalen Energy (12.34%)Keystone Power LLC (3.70%)ArcLight Capital (55.62%)Keystone Power Pass-Through Holders LLC (16.67%)PSEG (11.67%)
Armstrong County Coal 8,819,0988,757,344,864.88993Yes
ConemaughArcLight Capital (45.68%)UGI Corporation (3.16%)Conemaugh Power Pass-Through Holders LLC (16.45%)Talen Energy (19.06%)Conemaugh Power LLC (3.72%)PSEG (11.93%)
Indiana County Coal 8,725,971.978,357,678,382.22957.79Yes
York Energy CenterCalpine (100.00%)
York County Natural Gas 7,627,1842,939,407,457.55385.39
CPV Fairview Energy CenterCompetitive Power Ventures (100.00%)
Vinco CDP Natural Gas 7,596,7612,612,508,163.02343.9
Hummel Station LLCPanda Power Funds (100.00%)
Shamokin Dam Natural Gas 7,587,6322,732,672,349.12360.15

Quick Facts

Pennsylvania generates 96.81% of its electricity from non-renewable fuels, giving it a ranking of 3rd worst for total electricity generation from non-renewable fuel types.

Pennsylvania has seen a 1.62% decline over the course of the past 12 months in the usage of renewable fuels for electricity generation.

Pennsylvania consumes 59.33% of the generation put out by their power generating plants, so they either export or store the leftover electricity.

Ranking 20th in wind power generation in the US, Pennsylvania has a total yield of 3,679,881.48 megawatt hours from wind power.

Over the course of the last year, Pennsylvania has had a 99.38% increase in generation of electricity from solar power, up from 129,378.72 megawatt hours a year to 257,960.43 megawatt hours per year.

Pennsylvania generates 32,178,822.47 megawatt hours from coal a year. That is 2.51 megawatt hours per person in the state and makes Pennsylvania the 25th highest ranked state for electricity generation from coal per capita.

CountyPopulationProvidersPlantsResidential Rate (¢)Residential Avg. Electric Bill
Adams County103,0099613.34$131.99/mo
Allegheny County1,216,04512816.55$108.45/mo
Armstrong County64,73510712.22$117.01/mo
Beaver County163,9299615.65$125.03/mo
Bedford County47,888913.94$124.21/mo
Berks County421,1648713.86$128.46/mo
Blair County121,8297415.06$126.24/mo
Bradford County60,3238715.38$123.08/mo
Bucks County628,27012814.46$117.13/mo
Butler County187,853914.16$121.28/mo
Cambria County130,19213714.30$113.96/mo
Cameron County4,447712.34$114.70/mo
Carbon County64,1828313.53$112.88/mo
Centre County162,3858313.06$119.86/mo
Chester County524,98910514.39$121.20/mo
Clarion County38,4389114.46$120.13/mo
Clearfield County79,2558116.07$121.90/mo
Clinton County38,6329113.22$121.72/mo
Columbia County64,964714.58$120.48/mo
Crawford County84,629814.89$126.46/mo
Cumberland County253,37010614.03$130.42/mo
Dauphin County278,29910413.18$113.34/mo
Delaware County566,7477614.46$120.57/mo
Elk County29,9109112.82$117.14/mo
Erie County269,7288114.06$117.90/mo
Fayette County129,2747511.89$115.80/mo
Forest County7,247916.03$117.52/mo
Franklin County155,02711911.75$109.02/mo
Fulton County14,530912.07$117.64/mo
Greene County36,2336111.91$116.86/mo
Huntingdon County45,1448214.91$125.91/mo
Indiana County84,0738414.84$125.40/mo
Jefferson County43,425815.98$121.69/mo
Juniata County24,763914.16$126.68/mo
Lackawanna County209,6749314.89$114.22/mo
Lancaster County545,72491313.53$125.17/mo
Lawrence County85,5126213.54$115.95/mo
Lebanon County141,7938313.86$128.47/mo
Lehigh County369,3188213.66$127.54/mo
Luzerne County317,41791112.77$116.08/mo
Lycoming County113,29912514.29$120.76/mo
McKean County40,625914.65$108.32/mo
Mercer County109,4246113.70$113.27/mo
Mifflin County46,138715.36$127.20/mo
Monroe County170,2718213.68$127.63/mo
Montgomery County830,91511915.83$116.25/mo
Montour County18,2306113.60$127.28/mo
Northampton County305,2858813.80$128.19/mo
Northumberland County90,8437114.48$119.39/mo
Perry County46,2721013.00$116.70/mo
Philadelphia County1,584,06471014.46$120.57/mo
Pike County55,8099114.56$120.60/mo
Potter County16,5268114.35$113.73/mo
Schuylkill County141,35981014.38$114.80/mo
Snyder County40,3726313.60$127.28/mo
Somerset County73,447111114.17$101.11/mo
Sullivan County6,066816.16$125.43/mo
Susquehanna County40,328915.14$125.64/mo
Tioga County40,5918115.66$115.71/mo
Union County44,9237113.22$127.92/mo
Venango County50,6689215.50$124.94/mo
Warren County39,1918216.08$116.62/mo
Washington County206,8656111.91$116.86/mo
Wayne County51,3618114.20$127.71/mo
Westmoreland County348,8999212.41$117.44/mo
Wyoming County26,79411414.72$122.96/mo
York County449,05812912.88$129.53/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

Coming in as the 9th worst ranked state in the nation, Pennsylvania emits 49,062,554,866.91 kilograms of CO2 emissions from electricity consumption. The state averages 3,832.42 kilograms of CO2 emissions per capita, which is a better measurement of the state’s emission levels. They rank 34th highest in the nation for emissions per resident. Around 51.24% of the state of Pennsylvania’s electricity is generated using Natural Gas. Nuclear and Coal make up the next highest totals for a fuel type at 31.55% and 13.36%, respectively. Pennsylvania has the 12th highest amount of electricity producing plants of any state in the US, with 228 total plants. This equates to the 44th most power plants per resident in the nation.

NATURAL GAS
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
51.24%
NUCLEAR
Nuclear
Nuclear
Nuclear
Nuclear
31.55%
COAL
Coal
Coal
13.36%
WIND
Wind
1.53%
CONVENTIONAL HYDROELECTRIC
Conventional Hydroelectric
0.79%
OTHER
Other
1.53%

Pennsylvania Net Metering

Pennsylvania has 34 out of 62 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 17 providers in Pennsylvania that reported energy loss, including PECO Energy Company, PPL Electric Utilities, and West Penn Power. Combined, these 17 providers average an annual energy loss of 3.72% of electricity generated. The US average is 2.76%, resulting in Pennsylvania having a rank of 19th best 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.

Learn about going solar in Pennsylvania, find out which system size is best for you, compare local installers and see which incentives are available in your area.

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, Nuclear and Coal, accounting for 51.24%, 31.55% and 13.36% respectively.

What power companies are in Pennsylvania?

Which electricity company is the largest supplier in Pennsylvania?

The largest electricity supplier in Pennsylvania by megawatt hours sold is PECO Energy Company.

How many electric companies offer service in Pennsylvania?

There are 62 electricity companies serving consumers in Pennsylvania.

What is a good electricity rate in Pennsylvania?

The average electric rate in Pennsylvania is 13.63 cents per kilowatt hour, so anything below this amount is better than most. The lowest priced provider is currently Mont Alto Electric Utility, at 9.83 cents per kilowatt hour.

What is the average electric bill in Pennsylvania?

The Pennsylvania average electricity bill is $117 so far in 2022, while the US average is $122.

Does Pennsylvania have a deregulated electricity market?

Pennsylvania has a deregulated electricity market, meaning citizens in the state can often choose from an abundance of electricity providers for their electricity needs.

What is the cheapest electricity company in Pennsylvania?

How many power plants are located within Pennsylvania?

There are 228 power plants in Pennsylvania

Last Reviewed By: Nick Reese
Published: 2021-03-16Last Updated: 2022-01-22