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Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

For years after Pennsylvania opened up its electricity market with a deregulation law in 1996, most customers had few choices beyond their local utility. Now the state ranks No. 1 in a study that gauges number of offers from competing residential power suppliers.

The study by management consulting firm Distributed Energy Financial Group LLC also put Pennsylvania at No. 3, behind Texas and Canadian provinces, for numbers of residents choosing alternate suppliers and its variety of offers, and No. 4 for competing commercial and industrial suppliers.

In Western Pennsylvania, 43.2 percent of Duquesne Light residential customers buy power from one of 26 companies. Other switching statistics: West Penn Power, 26 percent, 12 companies; and Penn Power, 28 percent, five companies.

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