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Public Utility Commission answers questions about spike in electric bills

Updated: Thursday, February 20 2014, 06:03 PM CST
Written by: Ewa Roman

At least four hundred complaints have come into the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, people complaining that their electric bills have doubled over the past several months.

CBS 21 wanted answers, so we not only tracked down the vice chair, but we’re also going to be at the Electric Choice Public Forum held at the HACC Midtown Campus to get even more answers.  That meeting starts at 6 p.m. tonight.

A few years ago, Pennsylvania Utility Commission announced that to save money, you could choose your electric supplier.

A website, would help you make the best decision.
Some people did that.  Now at least 400 of them want answers into why their electric bills have doubled in the past two months.

“We’ve been inundated over the last couple of days over consumers, who are in variable rate products, that are now subject  to spikes in the general supply of their electricity bills,” said John Coleman, Jr. PUC Vice Chairman.

CBS 21 News attended a PUC meeting earlier today to start digging up some answers.  That’s where we learned that these high bills appear to reflect the wholesale energy market change, resulting from the very cold weather that we’ve all seen over the past two months.
The PUC says they intend to take action and investigate how suppliers are informing consumers.

“Looking at how those disclosures are placed on the marketing  materials ,precisely what those disclosures say,” said Coleman.

The PUC vice chair says if they find out that suppliers aren’t living up to the terms and conditions of their contracts with consumers, the commission will take action to help.

The public forum will take place Thursday, February 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at HACC Midtown 2 building, room 204.  1500 North Third Street, Harrisburg.  State Senator Rob Teplitz along with the PUC, The PA Office of Consumer Advocate and PPL Electric are scheduled to be at the forum.

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