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

PUC Approves First-Ever Review on Uber’s Driver Background Check Process in Pennsylvania; Recommends Future Improvements

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today, March 28, 2019, releases its first-ever report of Uber’s driver background check process in Pennsylvania.  Also, the PUC is releasing Uber’s implementation plan and directing the Company to proceed with several recommendations which will further strengthen Uber’s background check process in the future. The Commission voted 5-0 to release the PUC report … Continue reading PUC Approves First-Ever Review on Uber’s Driver Background Check Process in Pennsylvania; Recommends Future Improvements

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

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