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

When the Lights Go Out – Black Sky Power Outage Mass Event – Preparedness

What would you do if you didn't have power for an extended period of time? For one week? For one month? For six months? “EARTH EX” is designed to help you think through this scenario and increase your preparedness. Leadership and staff from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC), Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and … Continue reading When the Lights Go Out – Black Sky Power Outage Mass Event – Preparedness

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

Central PA Residents & Businesses Switching to 10-Digit Dialing in ‘717’ Area Code in August

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today reminded residents and businesses across Central Pennsylvania served by the 717 area code of the upcoming switch to 10-digit dialing for all local calls - in preparation for the activation of a new “overlay” area code, which will serve the entire region. According to the implementation schedule for the “223” … Continue reading Central PA Residents & Businesses Switching to 10-Digit Dialing in ‘717’ Area Code in August

PA Gas Drilling Impact Fees Total Distribution Tops $1 Billion

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today (June 15, 2017) posted detailed information about this year’s distribution of Impact Fees on natural gas producers, totaling $173,258,900, on the PUC’s interactive Act 13 website. Over the past six years, the PUC has collected and distributed more than $1.2 billion in Impact Fees to communities across Pennsylvania. … Continue reading PA Gas Drilling Impact Fees Total Distribution Tops $1 Billion

Are You Starting the Next “Uber”?

As part of an ongoing effort to address changes in the transportation industry, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today encouraged concerned parties to submit comments regarding proposed changes to the Commission’s regulations governing the motor carrier industry. The comments submitted in response to the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking will be used in the … Continue reading Are You Starting the Next “Uber”?

PUC Announces Appointments to Consumer Advisory Council

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today announced a series of appointments to its Consumer Advisory Council (CAC), which provides input to the PUC on issues important to utility customers. Members of the CAC will serve two-year terms, from July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2019.  Included are several representatives from our area.  Congratulations all! … Continue reading PUC Announces Appointments to Consumer Advisory Council

PUC to Investigate Rate Increase Request by PA-American Water Co.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) recently voted to suspend and investigate a rate increase request by Pennsylvania- American Water Company (PAWC). The Commission voted 5-0 to investigate the request for an annual revenue increase of approximately $107.9 million, or 16.4 percent.  The request is suspended for up to seven months and will be assigned … Continue reading PUC to Investigate Rate Increase Request by PA-American Water Co.