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Study: Pennsylvanians Are Not Jumping At Chance To Switch Utility Providers

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) - New polling data suggests most Pennsylvania residents are aware that they can choose a different electric supplier, and many are simply choosing not to switch. But experts say plenty of folks are making a change.

Polling data from different sources was reviewed at a hearing on power choice conducted by the Public Utility Commission. Kevin McCloskey of Alphabuyer says his firm found that 86-percent of Pennsylvania residents are aware of electricity deregulation, but many are just apathetic about it.

“Apathy relating to ‘the potential savings just aren’t worth the time and effort’.”

But despite that perception among customers, 23-percent have made a switch and PUC Vice Chairman John Coleman thinks that’s good considering the entire state only recently reached competitive status.

‘We’re, what,  nine, ten months into this? I think that’s a good number and again I think in many cases, that’s a function of the market.”

The state’s consumer advocate agrees, saying Pennsylvania’s power switch numbers are among the highest in the nation.

Reported by Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio 1060

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