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

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

PaPUC Initiates Further Study of Supplier Consolidated Billing by Electric Generation Suppliers

On January 18, 2018, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) initiated further study of customer billing practices by competitive electric generations suppliers (EGSs) - directing an en banc hearing be conducted before the Commission to explore, among other things, the legality, merits and potential implementation of supplier consolidated billing (SCB). The Commission voted 5-0 to deny a petition filed … Continue reading PaPUC Initiates Further Study of Supplier Consolidated Billing by Electric Generation Suppliers

PaPUC Proposes Change to Age Requirement for Drivers of Paratransit Vehicles

July 12, 2017, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) proposed a change to the age requirement for drivers of paratransit vehicles, in order to more closely match current guidelines from the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and reduce operational and hiring challenges for ambulance and paratransit companies across the state. The Proposed Rulemaking Order was approved … Continue reading PaPUC Proposes Change to Age Requirement for Drivers of Paratransit Vehicles