PaPUC Stresses Sales & Marketing Regulations for Competitive Suppliers; Reaffirms Commitment to Disclosure, Integrity of PA’s Retail Energy Markets

Today, April 3, 2019, reaffirming its commitment to full disclosure and integrity in the state’s retail energy markets, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) again is highlighting state regulations governing Marketing and Sales Practices for the Retail Residential Energy Market. In a Secretarial Letter to competitive electric generation and natural gas suppliers (suppliers), consumer and small business advocates, … Continue reading PaPUC Stresses Sales & Marketing Regulations for Competitive Suppliers; Reaffirms Commitment to Disclosure, Integrity of PA’s Retail Energy Markets

Pipeline Safety Investigation Underway Involving Sunoco Pipeline Located in Berks County

In response to reports of a possible pipeline leak in Berks County, Pennsylvania a safety investigation is underway involving the Bureau of Investigation & Enforcement (I&E) – the independent investigation and enforcement bureau of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC). On Sunday, March 17, 2019, investigators from I&E’s Pipeline Safety Division responded to reports of … Continue reading Pipeline Safety Investigation Underway Involving Sunoco Pipeline Located in Berks County

Governor Wolf on DEP Pipeline Permit Bar

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today, February 8, 2019, released the following statement in response to the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) suspension of review of all clean water permit applications and other pending approvals associated with the Energy Transfer, L.P. (ET) and subsidiaries until further notice due to non-compliance: “The Department of Environmental Protection … Continue reading Governor Wolf on DEP Pipeline Permit Bar

PUC Investigation of Mariner East 1 Pipeline Incident in Chester County

On January 25, 2019, the safety investigation by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s (PUC’s) independent Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement (I&E) – which includes the PUC’s Pipeline Safety Division – regarding Mariner East 1 (ME1) pipeline, operated by Sunoco Pipeline LP, a/k/a Energy Transfer Partners (SPLP), has now shifted to detailed geological surveys around a “sinkhole” … Continue reading PUC Investigation of Mariner East 1 Pipeline Incident in Chester County

Tips on Energy Conservation, Safe Heating During Current Cold-Weather Snap

With frigid temperatures gripping the state this week, Prince Law Offices, P.C. and the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) provide these tips to on lessening the harsh impacts of the cold weather and keeping safer through sound energy conservation and safe heating. Try these energy-saving tips: Instead of turning up the heat, add an extra … Continue reading Tips on Energy Conservation, Safe Heating During Current Cold-Weather Snap

PUC to Investigate Water and Wastewater Rate Increases by Aqua Pennsylvania and Aqua Pennsylvania Wastewater

September 20, 2018 the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) voted to suspend and investigate proposed water and wastewater rate increases by Aqua Pennsylvania Inc. and Aqua Pennsylvania Wastewater Inc. The Commission voted 5-0 to investigate the annual revenue and rate increase requests. Aqua Pennsylvania proposes to increase its annual operating revenues for water services by approximately $66.373 million … Continue reading PUC to Investigate Water and Wastewater Rate Increases by Aqua Pennsylvania and Aqua Pennsylvania Wastewater

PUC Creates New Office of Cybersecurity Compliance and Oversight

September 20, 2018 the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) announced the appointment of Michael C. Holko, of Dauphin County, as the Director of the Office of Cybersecurity Compliance and Oversight (OCCO), a new position created by the PUC to direct the Commission’s cybersecurity and regulatory oversight program in helping to ensure that the Commonwealth’s regulated … Continue reading PUC Creates New Office of Cybersecurity Compliance and Oversight

FCC SPEEDS ACCESS TO UTILITY POLES TO PROMOTE BROADBAND, 5G DEPLOYMENT

Access to Poles Must Be Safe, Swift, Predictable, and Affordable WASHINGTON, August 2, 2018—The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) promoted broadband deployment and competition by speeding the process and reducing the costs of attaching new network facilities to utility poles. To enable broadband providers to enter new markets and deploy high-speed networks, access to poles must … Continue reading FCC SPEEDS ACCESS TO UTILITY POLES TO PROMOTE BROADBAND, 5G DEPLOYMENT

PUC Orders 17 Utilities to Return $320+ Million to Consumers Following Federal Tax Reform

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) on May 17, 2018 issued an Order, requiring a “negative surcharge” or monthly credit on customer bills for 17 major electric, natural gas, and water and wastewater utilities, totaling more than $320-million per year. The refunds to consumers are the result of the substantial decrease in federal corporate tax rates … Continue reading PUC Orders 17 Utilities to Return $320+ Million to Consumers Following Federal Tax Reform

PUC Promotes Combined Heat and Power Technology in Pennsylvania

Earlier this month, April 5, 2018, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) 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 … Continue reading PUC Promotes Combined Heat and Power Technology in Pennsylvania