Allentown, PA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — July 3, 2009 – PPL Electric Utilities has filed a plan with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to offer customers time-of-use rate program and other incentives to promote energy efficiency and conservation.
The expected launch of the TOU program is January 2010, and it will target 140,000 residential and small business customers by 2013.
The submittal is part of Pennsylvania Act 129 of 2008, which was passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor last fall as a way to reduce electricity use, expand the use of advanced metering technology and set requirements for electricity supply purchases by utilities.
The plan includes more than a dozen energy efficiency and conservation programs, ranging from energy efficient equipment rebates to expanded home weatherization services for eligible customers.
Financial incentives will be provided for customers to reduce use during peak hours or to install remote controlled devices on certain appliances so that the company can scale back electric use when summer demand is highest. Financial incentives also will be offered to customers to install solar energy systems or geothermal heat pumps.
“As electricity users, we all have the potential to save energy,” said David G. DeCampli, president of PPL Electric Utilities. “Sometimes it just takes knowing where to start and getting a little help.”
DeCampli said the company’s plan offers opportunities for every customer group, from large commercial customers and institutions to small businesses, homeowners and renters. The plan aims to reduce customers’ electric use by more than 1.3 billion kWh a year by mid-2013.
“The plan we’ve proposed lays out programs that will dramatically expand our existing e-power campaign to promote wise energy use and help our customers save money, conserve resources and contribute to protecting the environment,” he said.
The plan will help the company meet the energy efficiency mandates of Act 129, which requires electric utilities to reduce customers’ annual energy use by 1 percent by mid-2011 and 3 percent by mid-2013, and peak load 4.5 percent by mid-2013.
In addition an energy efficiency behavior and education program is proposed to launch in April 2010 targetting approximately 100,000 participants across all customer sectors. The aim is to educate customers about free or low-cost measures and behaviors that can reduce energy consumption or peak load.
The PUC is expected to act on the plan by November 1, and the company hopes to begin offering some of the new programs by the end of the year and most by early 2010.
PPL Electric Utilities, a subsidiary of PPL Corporation, provides electric delivery service to 1.4 million customers in 29 counties of eastern and central Pennsylvania.