This past December, Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU 13) and Direct Energy announced a partnership to offer a discounted rate for residential electricity supply to PPL utility customers located in Lancaster and Lebanon counties.

This past December, Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU 13) and Direct Energy announced a partnership to offer a discounted rate for residential electricity supply to PPL utility customers located in Lancaster and Lebanon counties.

The program, which is marketed to residents as The Direct Choice Residential Electricity Program, is an extension of IU 13's Electricity Procurement Program currently provided to school districts in the two-county area.

As part of this new partnership for residents, a percentage of revenue from the program will be reinvested to support the research, development, and implementation of education initiatives.

The Direct Choice Program has been well received by residents and successfully secured over 3,497 new customers since its implementation.

Based on that success, the program is now being expanded to all PPL and MetEd utility customers throughout the state of Pennsylvania.

The Direct Choice Program is an agreement between Direct Energy and Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 that allows residents and small businesses located in the state of Pennsylvania to lock in their electricity supply rate price for a specified period of time. Here are the details:

What the Direct Choice Program Offers:

PPL Customers

• Fixed low electricity supply rate of $0.0799 per kWh for a full 24 months

• Fixed low electricity supply rate of $0.0789 per kWh for a full 24 months for senior citizens age 65+

• No sign-up or cancellation fees

MetEd Customers

• Fixed low electricity supply rate of $0.0799 per kWh for a full 18 months

• Fixed low electricity supply rate of $0.0789 per kWh for a full 18 months for senior citizens age 65+

• No sign-up or cancellation fees

Who is Eligible?

• Must use PPL or MetEd as the current electricity supplier

• Must be eligible to participate in the state's customer choice program.

How to Enroll in the Program:

• Have a copy of your electricity bill

• PPL Customers visit www.directenergy.com/PPL13 or call 1-877-330-8250

• MetEd Customers visit www.directenergy.com/MTE13 or call 1-877-369-0983

"This program is a win-win for our communities, since not only do residents receive a lower electricity rate, but a percentage of the revenue from the program will support education initiatives, commented Steve Frey, IU 13 Collaborative Services Manager. "It is exciting to see the success of this program and to be able to expand the opportunity to residents across the commonwealth of Pennsylvania."

To learn more about Direct Choice Program, residents can contact Direct Energy's Customer Service Department toll free at 1-877-330-8250, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.

About Direct Energy
Direct Energy is one of North America's largest energy and energy-related services providers with more than 6 million residential and commercial customer relationships.

Direct Energy provides customers with choice and support in managing their energy costs through a portfolio of innovative products and services. A subsidiary of Centrica plc (LSE:CNA), one of the world's leading integrated energy companies, Direct Energy operates in 46 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia and 10 provinces in Canada. Visit www.directenergy.com

About IU 13
Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU 13) strives to improve student learning by providing both direct educational services and educational support services for public school districts, as well as for adult education students, nonpublic schools, and preschoolers and their families.

IU 13 is a leader in recognizing the needs of schools and implementing programs to meet those needs.