Shop Around for Best Electric Rates
With rate caps coming off, competition is on the riseand consumers stand to beneﬁt
Electricity rate caps have already started coming off in many parts of thestate, and this is beginning to generate some interest from electric service provid-ers intent on expanding their energy market. We are beginning to see growingcompetition for residential business, and greater competition is good news forconsumers.To ensure you are getting the best energy deal possible, it is important toshop around. Many companies are beginning to offer incentives to residentialcustomers such as ﬂat rates or favorable rates that can be locked in for a speci-ﬁed period of time.There is a lot of confusion about energy providers and how changing yourprovider will affect your electric service. Rate caps for PPL customers expired atthe end of last year, and a number of companies are vying for a piece of thePPL market. If you reside in the PPL coverage area and choose to buy powerfrom another company, there are a few things you should know.PPL Electric Utilities owns your electric meter and will continue to read yourmeter and report energy usage to your provider that will then bill you accordingto your rate plan. In fact, you will notice no difference in the delivery of electricpower. Electricity will continue to ﬂow to you through PPL lines and a portion ofyour monthly electric bill will go to PPL to cover the cost of that service. Likewise,if there is a power outage in your neighborhood, you would still call PPL forassistance.Some areas of the state have seen electric rates decline following the lifting ofrate caps. Others are expected to rise. I believe consumers will beneﬁt over timewith the emergence of new companies and increased electric competition. Greaterchoice usually means better prices, and in today’s economy that’s power.For more information on how to shop for electricity, go to:
or call 1-800-692-7380.
Insurance fraud is any action takenby an individual with the intent tofraudulently obtain payment from aninsurer. Insurance fraud costs the insur-ance industry more than $95 billion ayear and it costs consumers as muchas 25 percent more on their insurancepremiums.As Republican chairman of theHouse Consumer Affairs Committee, Iintroduced seven bills that target per-petrators of insurance fraud.
My legislation would:
Increase fees for driver’s licensereinstatement when a staged accidentis committed.
Impose mandatory revocation ofdriver’s license when personal injuryfraud is committed.
Make it a crime for entities suchas auto repair shops and health careproviders to waive insurance deduct-ibles and co-pays by charging higheractual costs to cover the deductiblesand co-pays.
Make patient “brokering” andassociated kickbacks a third-degreefelony.
Make transacting insurance withouta license a third-degree felony.
Make the creation of “paper” ac-cidents and phantom accidents a third-degree felony.
Provide additional power and du-ties under the Crime Victims Act to thevictim advocate.
Make it a crime to violate InsuranceDepartment rules and orders.
Require all licensed insurers to in-stitute an insurance anti-fraud plan.
Increase ﬁnes for insurers who failto follow or implement an anti-fraudplan.
Allow for the forfeiture or seizure ofproperty by the state if an individual,entity or organization engages in insur-ance fraud.
Make it a third-degree felony topresent fraudulent proof of insurance.This package of bills takes a hardline against fraud and will help to re-store public conﬁdence.
Rep. Godshall appeared on Comcast Local News where he discussed the end of electric rate caps and alternative energy sources.
Pennsylvania Ranks Highin Energy Efficiency
The American Council for an Energy Efﬁcient Economy (ACEEE) ranks Pennsyl-vania 15
in the nation in energy efﬁciency. In its annual
State Energy Efﬁciency Scorecard
, the ACEEE ranks states on the adoption and implementation of energyefﬁciency policies, and it seeks to identify best practices.The states are judged according to their combined scores on their utility andpublic beneﬁt programs, transportation policies, building energy codes, stategovernment initiatives, combined heat and power (CHP) and appliance efﬁciencystandards. The Commonwealth scored high in building energy codes and CHP.It received a zero for appliance efﬁciency standards.