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Allegheny Energy gets OK to sell power across Maryland

April 13, 2000|By KERRY LYNN FRALEY

Allegheny Energy Supply, the unregulated energy generation arm of Hagerstown-based Allegheny Energy, has gotten the go-ahead to sell electrical power to customers across Maryland, a company spokeswoman said Thursday.

On April 5, the Maryland Public Service Commission granted the company a supplier license, allowing it to compete in the state's looming unregulated power generation market, according to Allegheny Energy Supply spokeswoman Janice Lantz.

The company, based in Greensburg, Pa., can market power to residential, commercial and industrial customers in all parts of the state except the delivery area of Allegheny Energy's Allegheny Power subsidiary, Lantz said.

Allegheny Energy Supply plans to target all of those potential customers except those who are now customers of electric cooperatives, she said.

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The company is in the process of developing prices to offer Maryland customers, who can start shopping for a new generation supplier now and can switch their supplier as early as July 1, Lantz said.

Allegheny Energy Supply may be delayed in being able to switch customers because the infrastructure needed to transfer information with the utilities isn't fully in place and tested, she said.

The company won't actively solicit customers in Maryland until it knows it can smoothly transfer their customer information with their delivery company, Lantz said.

The company has been competing for customers in Pennsylvania since the state began its stepped deregulation Jan. 1, 1999, she said.

"We hope that our prices will be competitive in Maryland and customers will choose our company," Lantz said.

The company is also licensed to market to residential, commercial and industrial customers in New Jersey and Delaware, she said.

Once Maryland pricing has been set, it will be available online at www.alleghenyenergysupply.com and by phone at 1-888-232-4642.

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