By Mark Abrams

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – PECO energy customers will soon have the opportunity to shop for another electricity supplier.

PECO is rolling out the price it will charge customers per kilowatt-hour beginning in January. It’s expected to be about 9 cents.

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Pennsylvania’s consumer advocate Sonny Popowsky says PECO customers will be offered a chance to buy power from another supplier which might be able to offer electricity at a lower price:

“People should look on this as a choice, as an opportunity. It’s not something that they should worry about if they don’t want to switch right away or don’t feel comfortable switching. The idea is that this is an option for people.”

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Popowsky says PECO customers will likely get mail solicitations from companies offering to beat PECO’s price.

But the bottom line, while a customer could choose to get their power from some other company, Popowsky says the customer will still be connected to the PECO system, receive a PECO bill, and have PECO respond to repair any outages caused by storms.

Popowsky’s office will prepare a price shopping guide in the coming weeks, geared toward PECO customers.

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Reported by Mark Abrams, KYW Newsradio