Akron-based FirstEnergy began at the dawn of deregulation in Ohio and Pennsylvania. In 1997, Ohio Edison merged with Centerior Energy Corporation, the parent of the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company and Toledo Edison Company, to form FirstEnergy. Because Ohio Edison already controlled Penn Power as a subsidiary, this PA utility also became part of FirstEnergy.
In 1946, Met-Ed merged with Penelec, and Jersey Central Power & Light Company to form General Public Utilities Corporation (GPU). Following Pennsylvania's deregulation in 1996, GPU sold off its generating stations and long distance transmission lines to focus on distributing and delivering power to customers. After struggling with an increased customer load and rising wholesale prices, GPU agreed in August of 2000 to be bought by FirstEnergy for $4.5 billion. All told, FirstEnergy nearly doubled its revenue to more than $12 billion and served more than 4.3 million customers.
In February 2010, FirstEnergy acquired Allegheny Energy, making FirstEnergy the nation's second-largest electric utility at the time with 6 million customers. FirstEnergy chose to drop the Allegheny Energy trade name and reinstate its subsidiaries' original names which included West Penn Power (serving southwestern and central Pennsylvania).
All FirstEnergy companies are engaged in the communities they serve and help meet their unique local public needs and priorities through the FirstEnergy Foundation.
FirstEnergy Utilities in PA
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FirstEnergy owned utilities serve large areas of Pennsylvania. These correspond to the service territories of original monopoly utility operating companies.
|Met-Ed Communities include Bethlehem, Carlisle, Easton, Reading, and York.|
|Penelec Communities include Altoona, Erie, Huntingdon, Johnstown, and Shippensburg.|
|Penn Power Communities include Butler, Ellwood City, Grove City, New Castle, and Pittsburgh.|
|West Penn Power Communities include Butler, Canonsburg, Greencastle, Uniontown, and Waynesburg.|
How Much Do FirstEnergy Price to Compare (PTC) Charges Cost?
In Pennsylvania, FirstEnergy's utilities set PTC rates by holding auctions to line up their electricity supplies. Auctions are held four times a year to cover four delivery periods. When the auctions are completed, the PA Public Utilities Commission must approve the prices for both the generation supply and transmission.
FirstEnergy announces new PTC rates for each of its utilities every March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1. Because wholesale electricity rates are tied to weather and demand, these utilities' PTC rates can change every three months. Summer rates tend to be higher than the rest of the year.
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