Philadelphia is a city of energy innovators. We’re working together to build a strong, equitable, diversified and resilient regional economy with clean and affordable energy.
The City is a leader in green building and sustainable design, and set rigorous energy efficiency standards for new municipal buildings and major renovation projects. We’re implementing innovative energy programs that are helping residents save money on their electricity bills. And we’re partnering with business leaders to create jobs in the growing energy efficiency and renewable energy sectors.
Our City is powered by a variety of sources, with natural gas, nuclear power and coal making up the largest share of our energy mix. But we’re also working to increase our use of renewable energy, which is growing fast. Solar power is one of our most exciting new options, and we’re supporting local companies that are making it easier for residents to install solar on their homes.
Philadelphia’s main utility is peco Energy Co., which is responsible for delivering electricity to your home or business. But thanks to deregulation, you have the option to buy your electricity from other suppliers. These energy providers, called electricity suppliers, purchase power from the utility company on your behalf and sell it to you in electricity plans. The City works closely with the supplier you choose, as well as the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and PJM Interconnection, which operates the wholesale electricity marketplace and ensures the reliability of the grid.
If you’re interested in purchasing your own electricity through an energy provider, be sure to check out the provider’s credit requirements before signing up. If you don’t have great credit or can’t afford a deposit, there are prepaid electricity plans available. And don’t forget to look for discounts and specials, like a free smart meter or cashback offers.
The City of Philadelphia’s Water and Sewer Line Protection Program enrolls Philadelphia residents and businesses for a low monthly fee that protects against sewer and water line damage caused by underground construction activities. The program is open to all Philadelphia homeowners and renters.