FTC-FCC warning letters suggest a different kind of distancing

Agencies Target Companies Routing Scam Robocalls to Consumers about Fake COVID-19-Related Refunds, Loan Reductions, and Social Security Threats May 20, 2020—The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) demanded that gateway providers allowing COVID-19 pandemic-related scam robocalls into the United States cut off this traffic or face serious consequences.  This is the second … Continue reading FTC-FCC warning letters suggest a different kind of distancing

PaPUC Approves Acquisition of Wastewater System in East Norriton Township, Montgomery County, by Aqua PA Wastewater Inc.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) or (Commission) today, May 21, 2020, approved an acquisition application of Aqua Pennsylvania Wastewater Inc. (Aqua) for Aqua’s purchase of East Norriton Township’s (East Norriton) wastewater system assets in Montgomery County. The Commission voted 4-0 to approve a Joint Petition for Settlement of All Issues for the transfer of East Norriton’s  wastewater system … Continue reading PaPUC Approves Acquisition of Wastewater System in East Norriton Township, Montgomery County, by Aqua PA Wastewater Inc.

PaPUC Clarifies Settlement Involving ‘Remaining Life Study’ & Enhanced Public Reporting on Integrity of Sunoco’s Mariner East 1 Pipeline

Today, May 21, 2020, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) or (Commission) clarified a section of a March 2020 Tentative Order directing an independent “remaining life study” of the Mariner East 1 (ME1) pipeline crossing Pennsylvania – and established a 10-day period for comments by active and interested parties. The Commission voted 4-0 today in … Continue reading PaPUC Clarifies Settlement Involving ‘Remaining Life Study’ & Enhanced Public Reporting on Integrity of Sunoco’s Mariner East 1 Pipeline

PaPUC to Investigate Rate Increase Requests by PA-American Water Co. & PA-American Water Co. Wastewater Division

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) or (Commission) today, May 21, 2020, voted to suspend and investigate rate increase requests by Pennsylvania- American Water Company (PAWC) and PAWC’s Wastewater Division (PAWC-WD). The Commission voted 4-0 to investigate PAWC’s requests for multi-year rate increases in its water and wastewater rates. For water service, PAWC proposes to increase total annual operating … Continue reading PaPUC to Investigate Rate Increase Requests by PA-American Water Co. & PA-American Water Co. Wastewater Division

Pay the Computer Ransom? – 94% get their data back

The State of Ransomware 2020 global study conducted earlier this year on behalf of Sophos and reported this week in its blog found that organizations that decide to pay the ransom to get their data back, do so in 94% of cases. The research questioned 5,000 IT managers from 26 countries (500 from the US … Continue reading Pay the Computer Ransom? – 94% get their data back

PUC Promotes Combined Heat and Power Technology in Pennsylvania

The EPA Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Partnership recently announced that it completed an annual policy update in April 2020 to dCHPP, an online EPA database that allows users to search for state and federal CHP policies and incentives. In total, there are now 430 entries across 17 categories in the database—10 policy categories and 7 financial incentive categories.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PaPUC) adopted a policy statement to advance CHP in 2018 and launched a CHP Working Group to address key issues including Pennsylvania’s interconnection standards and standby rates.

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Earlier this month, April 5, 2018, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC)CHP Partnership Logo adopted a policy statement geared toward helping advance the development of combined heat and power (CHP) technology. Additionally, the PUC’s Bureau of Technical Utility Services will initiate a CHP Working Group to engage with stakeholders and encourage the deployment of, and reduce barriers to, CHP initiatives in Pennsylvania.

What is CHP? CHP captures the waste heat energy that is typically lost through power generation, using it to provide heating and/or cooling for manufacturing and business. CHP is an efficient means of generating electric power and thermal energy from a single fuel source, providing cost-effective energy services to commercial businesses like hospitals, universities and hotels.

“CHP offers a variety of benefits,” noted Chairman Gladys M. Brown in a supporting statement at recent PUC public meeting,” First and foremost, CHP supports environmental stewardship through increased efficiency. Also, it provides economic…

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New funding for Coronavirus SBA loans We are here to Help You

We posted previously about how we can assist with unemployment and other matters for individuals. If you’re a business owner, you may have or may be planning to apply for a loan through the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) program. These programs recently got hundreds of billions of dollars … Continue reading New funding for Coronavirus SBA loans We are here to Help You

Supreme Court rules willful infringement isn’t required to award profits in trademark cases

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday, April 23, 2020 that a trademark infringement plaintiff doesn’t have to show willful infringement by the defendant to obtain an award of profits. Justice Neil M. Gorsuch wrote the opinion for the court. Gorsuch said the Lanham Act’s wording does not support a willfulness requirement in suits for false … Continue reading Supreme Court rules willful infringement isn’t required to award profits in trademark cases

EPA Awards $920,000 to Clean Up 47 Buses in Pennsylvania – $90,000 to BCIU

In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $920,000 today to replace 47 older diesel school buses in Pennsylvania. The funds are among $11.5 million going to replace 580 older diesel school buses in 157 school bus fleets in 43 states and Puerto Rico, each of which … Continue reading EPA Awards $920,000 to Clean Up 47 Buses in Pennsylvania – $90,000 to BCIU

EPA announces $3.9 million in Brownfields Grants for Pennsylvania

EPA designates $64.6 million for Brownfields nationwide Today, June 5, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing $3.9 million for nine Brownfields grants in Pennsylvania.  These are nine of the 149 communities selected to receive 151 grant awards totaling $64,623,553 million in EPA Brownfields funding through EPA's Multipurpose, Assessment, and Cleanup (MAC) Grant … Continue reading EPA announces $3.9 million in Brownfields Grants for Pennsylvania