Met-Ed Customers Due for 2022 Refunds, PUC Says

HARRISBURG PA – Metropolitan Edison, the public utility company that provides energy services to portions of western Montgomery, eastern Berks, and northern Chester counties, will pay more than $18.4 million in refunds to customers during 2022, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission confirmed.

The commission’s announcement did not specify individual amounts, or a range of amounts, to be refunded. It also did not specify dates or a range of dates when refunds would be received, but instead reported they would be issued “during the coming year.”

“Met Ed,” as it is better known, is one of five companies whose refund plans were unanimously approved Nov. 18 (2021; Thursday) by commission members. The others are Peoples Gas Company, Pennsylvania Power Company (known as Penn Power), Pennsylvania Electric Company (Penelec), and West Penn Power Company. Of the five, all but Peoples Gas are owned by First Energy Corp. Peoples Gas is owned by Essential Utilities Inc., which also owns Aqua and its subsidiary, Aqua Pennsylvania.

Met-Ed serves customers in all or parts of zip codes for the:

  • Berks County municipalities of Bally, Barto, Bechtelsville, Birdsboro, Boyertown, Douglassville, Hereford, New Berlinville, Oley, and Pine Forge;
  • Montgomery County municipalities of East Greenville, Frederick, Gilbertsville, Green Lane, Pottstown, Pennsburg, and Perkiomenville; and
  • Chester County municipality of St. Peters.

The refunds represent a distribution of “tax savings associated with the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017” that accumulated between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2018, accompanied by interest, the commission said. The money piled up before the commission, in 2018, established a statewide process to return utility tax savings to customers.

Photo of the Harrisburg headquarters of the PUC provided by the commission