PPL customers might have got some surprising mail recently. The company is telling its customers, it's okay to get your energy from another company.

"We highly encourage customers to shop, shop, shop because that's what the competition bill is all about," said Jim Nulton of PPL.

The 1996 Competition Bill is for energy use only. Things like cooking, lights and home heating. Customers will see about a 30% increase on that portion of their bills.

"Hurt me? It will probably crucify me, it's going to crush me! I knew it was coming," said PPL Customer Lester Wilson.

Some customers said they're not ready to make a decision on which energy provider to go with yet.

"Unfortunately, you know how things get with the holiday season. I guess it's probably something I need to sit down and think about what my choices are," said PPL Customer Bill Rodgers.

PPL will still be maintaining all of the power lines and distributing the power to homes and businesses in the area. The company will also be the default energy provider if customers decide not to shop around.