About 850 electric customers in Williamsport will soon pay more for electricity as a result of a federal order aimed at streamlining the management of electrical transmission systems.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's order is indirectly linked to the complex issue of state-directed electric deregulation, FERC Spokeswoman Barbara Connors said Tuesday.
It's been theorized that deregulation will result in more choice and lower costs for electric customers.
Wholesale electric consumers nationwide are buying electricity over greater distances, Connors said. Requiring energy providers to join regional electricity transmission organizations that oversee the flow of power across high-voltage wires will create a more efficient system, ultimately giving bulk power consumers easier access to more energy providers in what's expected to be an increasingly competitive market, Connors said.
The Williamsport Town Council on Monday night grudgingly approved spending $6,500 to join PJM West, the regional electricity transmission organization that Allegheny Energy has chosen to handle its transmission operation.