STIFF BREEZE AT THE SHORE? – New Federal-state Partnership to Grow Domestic Offshore Wind Supply Chain

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced June 23, 2022 it will lead in the development of a comprehensive offshore wind supply chain roadmap as part of its participation in the new White House-led Federal-State Offshore Wind Implementation Partnership. The first of its kind forum between 11 East Coast Governors (including Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, … Continue reading STIFF BREEZE AT THE SHORE? – New Federal-state Partnership to Grow Domestic Offshore Wind Supply Chain

June 1 Price Increases for Electric Generation – What you can do

Act Now to Compare Prices, Consider Shopping with Competitive Suppliers and Energy Options on PAPowerSwitch.com The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) is alerting consumers that most utilities will be adjusting their prices for electric generation on June 1 – cautioning that many non-shopping (default service) customers will see sharp increases in energy costs as summer … Continue reading June 1 Price Increases for Electric Generation – What you can do

Abracadabra: Bad reviews be gone?

It’s the oldest trick in the book: Now you see it, now you don’t. This illusion is fine on a Las Vegas stage, but on an online retailer’s website, making negative reviews disappear is hardly magical. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) calls it review suppression – and companies engaging in this practice will be held accountable … Continue reading Abracadabra: Bad reviews be gone?

New ‘835’ Area Code Assigned to Parts of Southeast PA

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PaPUC) announced the assignment of 835 as a new area code which will eventually serve the same geographic area in southeastern Pennsylvania currently served by the 610 and 484 area codes. The Commission voted 3-0 on December 2, 2021, to approve a petition filed by the North American Numbering Plan Administrator … Continue reading New ‘835’ Area Code Assigned to Parts of Southeast PA

Gift cards are for gifts, not payments

Gift cards may be at the top of your holiday gift giving list. But there’s another list that gift cards top, and it’s decidedly less festive. According to the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC’s) latest Consumer Protection Data Spotlight, reports received in the Consumer Sentinel database reveal that gift cards are the #1 payment method of choice for scammers, leading to … Continue reading Gift cards are for gifts, not payments

$5 Million in Funding Now Available for Pennsylvania Broadband Projects

Nongovernmental entities can now apply for funding for projects that facilitate the deployment of high-speed broadband service infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas of the Commonwealth through the Unserved High-Speed Broadband Funding Program (UHSB). The application window opened June 1 and applications will be accepted until September 24. The UHSB authorizes the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) to … Continue reading $5 Million in Funding Now Available for Pennsylvania Broadband Projects

PURPLE PAINT MEANS NO TRESPASSING

A change, during 2020,  in Title 18, of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code (2019 Act 103), gives Pennsylvania landowners the option of using purple paint, rather than signs, to post their properties and alert others that lands are private and trespassing isn’t permitted. The Pennsylvania Game Commission has summaries of this recent law on its web … Continue reading PURPLE PAINT MEANS NO TRESPASSING

US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ANNOUNCES NEW CYBERSECURITY GUIDANCE

Guidance seeks to help protect an estimated $9.3T in assets The U.S. Department of Labor on April 14, 2021 announced new guidance for plan sponsors, plan fiduciaries, record keepers and plan participants on best practices for maintaining cybersecurity, including tips on how to protect the retirement benefits of America’s workers. This is the first time … Continue reading US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ANNOUNCES NEW CYBERSECURITY GUIDANCE

FERC Proposes Incentives for Cybersecurity Investments by Public Utilities

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) took a major step toward enhancing the cybersecurity posture of the bulk power system this month with a proposal for public utilities to secure incentive-based rate treatment for voluntary cybersecurity investments that go above and beyond mandatory Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Reliability Standards. The December 17, 2020 … Continue reading FERC Proposes Incentives for Cybersecurity Investments by Public Utilities

Utility Scam Awareness & Education

Understand How Fraud Artists Operate and Remain Vigilant Against Common Utility-Related Scams The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) marked November 20th as Utility Scam Awareness Day – a national effort to educate residents and businesses about the ways that scammers use utility-related schemes to scare or trick customers into sending them money or disclosing personal information. “Scam … Continue reading Utility Scam Awareness & Education