Online bill payment

Akron, OH, USA --- (METERING.COM) --- August 15, 2006 – First Energy Corp., in conjunction with Visa, has today announced that its customers can now pay their electric bills online using Visa credit or check cards accounts in three US States.

The program will also allow customers to track payments and earn reward points based on their specific card program.

The program will be made available to customers from seven electric utility operating companies: Ohio Edison, The Cleveland Electric Illumination Company, and Toledo Edison in Ohio; Metropolitan Edison, Pennsylvania Electric, and Pennsylvania Power in Pennsylvania; and Jersey Central Power & Light in New Jersey.

Tom Clark, Vice President of Customer Service & Service Area Development at First Energy commented: “This program offers a convenient payment option for our customers. We are pleased to be able to respond to our customers’ interest in paying their electric bills this way”.

Jim Etler, Vice President of Merchant Relations for Visa USA, added: “The popularity of electronic payment is growing exponentially. Consumers are demanding the security, convenience, and flexibility of card payments. Visa has created a program tailored to utilities’ needs that will help them meet this demand while improving customer service, saving money, and increasing revenue”.