PPL To Add Distribution Improvement Charge To Bills

The PPL Building (seen here in the distance) i...

The PPL Building (seen here in the distance) is the tallest building in Allentown, Pennsylvania. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PPL Utilities customers will soon see a new addition to their bills: a special charge aimed at financing speedier improvements to the Allentown-based utility’s electricity distribution system.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission approved the new fee, which can be added to bills starting in July. Proceeds can be used to “recover reasonable and prudent costs incurred to repair, improve or replace certain eligible distribution property that is part of a utility’s distribution system.”

The commission approved PPL’s five-year accelerated infrastructure replacement plan in January.  The plan includes more than $135 million in system improvements and reliability upgrades this year, and a total of $700 million between now and 2017.

Customers’ bills are expected to increase by about 0.44 percent, or 20 cents on the bill of a typical residential customer with 1,000 kilowatt-hours of monthly usage.

Read more:  http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-ppl-distribution-charge-20130523,0,881996.story

PPL Residential Rate To Drop 10.7 Percent

PPL Electric Utilities said today it will cut its residential rates by 10.7 percent, effective March 1.

It will be the fifth consecutive rate reduction since PPL rates spiked nearly 30 percent in January 2010.

In total, the series of cuts will have nearly erased that record increase two years ago.

PPL said it’s been able to trim rates because it’s paying less to obtain power on the wholesale market, a trend it foresees continuing

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/591068_PPL-residential-rate-to-drop-10-7-percent.html#ixzz1n3kvOn3b