RCN Business offers discounted electricity via Talen Energy pact

RCN Business is giving its business customers in Pennsylvania a new way to save on their energy costs via a partnership with Talen Energy Partners.

The new offer will be available to RCN Business customers who are enrolling in the Talen Energy program and whose businesses are located in areas of Pennsylvania served by PPL Electric Utilities, MetEd, Penelec, or PECO.

Additionally, RCN Business customers will be eligible to receive a one-time, $50 bill credit towards Talen Energy charges on their utility bill, after completing their third billing period.

While RCN Business is not entering the energy supply business, the opportunity to provide its customers a discount on something they use every day could enable it to further enhance its relationship with area businesses in one of its key markets.

However, RCN Business has not indicated if it plans to offer a similar program in other markets it serves such as Boston and Chicago.

The idea of wireline providers partnering with local utilities, however, to offer discounts on service is not just something that RCN Business is doing.

Cincinnati Bell, FairPoint, and Frontier have struck similar partnerships to offer energy services to residential customers in their markets, for example.

Through a partnership with Viridian Energy, a Connecticut-based renewable energy supplier, Cincinnati Bell started delivering electric service to residential customers in its southwest territory in 2011.

FairPoint and Frontier, meanwhile, entered the electricity deliver game through a similar partnership with Crius to offer up a suite of both electricity and natural gas services to residential customers.

For more:
- see the release

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