FirstEnergy Solutions Offers Detroit-Area Businesses Savings on Electric Supply

Businesses Should Act Now

Oct 08, 2010, 12:53 ET from FirstEnergy Corp.

AKRON, Ohio, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hundreds of businesses in Detroit Edison's service area are saving money by switching their electric generation supplier to FirstEnergy Solutions (FES), the competitive subsidiary of Akron-Ohio based FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE). Now FES is offering more businesses the opportunity to take advantage of savings should legislation pass that would increase the current cap on shopping in Michigan.

If the cap is increased from its current level of 10% of the utility's total electricity demand to 25%, a limited number of businesses will be permitted to shop, and businesses on the waiting list will be the first eligible to participate.

"Last year we were able to sign up one of our facilities with FirstEnergy Solutions − and as a result, we could save up to $400,000 over the term of the contract," says Jim Royce, Controller for Michigan Seamless Tube LLC in South Lyon, Michigan, with over 80 years of experience manufacturing custom cold drawn seamless tubes.  "FirstEnergy Solutions' pricing is more predictable than buying electricity from the local utility, which makes budget preparation and forecasting easier and more accurate, and we're no longer on an interruptible rate."

Royce added, "We contacted FirstEnergy Solutions to ensure another one of our facilities is on the waiting list, so that we can take full advantage of any shopping opportunities that arise."  

"We're pleased to be able to provide Detroit-area businesses with competitively priced electric generation," says FirstEnergy Solutions Vice President of Sales & Marketing Arthur Yuan.  "Even businesses that are currently with an alternative supplier should contact us for a risk-free savings analysis.  Then they won't be looking for pricing when their contract ends or lose their opportunity to shop by returning to the utility."

To receive a free, no-obligation electric generation quote, commercial and industrial customers can contact FirstEnergy Solutions at 1-800-977-0500, or visit www.fes.com.  

FirstEnergy Solutions currently provides energy-related products and services to retail customers, including supplying electric generation to thousands of business customers throughout Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania.  

FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company headquartered in Akron, Ohio.  Its subsidiaries and affiliates are involved in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity, as well as energy management and other energy-related services.  Its seven electric utility operating companies comprise the nation's fifth largest investor-owned electric system based on serving 4.5 million customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey; and its generation subsidiaries control approximately 14,000 megawatts of capacity.  

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