Allegheny to accelerate power procurement schedule

PENNSYLVANIA - Allegheny Power, the electricity delivery unit of Allegheny Energy, Inc. AYE, announced that the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has approved the company’s request to accelerate its power procurement schedule for residential customers.

The change will move the company’s first power auction from June 2009 to April 2009, as well as expand the amount purchased in June. The accelerated schedule is expected to benefit residential customers by taking advantage of recent declines in the market price of power.

The April auction will be the first in a series to procure power over a multi-year period for Allegheny’s Pennsylvania customers for the period beyond December 31, 2010, when generation rate caps expire. The multiple auctions are designed to protect customers against over-exposure to market conditions at any single point in time, much like a dollar cost-averaging strategy to investing.



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