Philadelphia Gas Works moved a step closer to getting new funding approved for its accelerated gas main replacement program.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Thursday unanimously approved the city utility's infrastructure improvement plan, which calls for ramping up PGW's gas-main replacement from 18 miles a year to 25 miles. PGW wants to replace aging cast-iron mains, some of which were installed in the 19th Century, with plastic or coated steel pipe.
The PUC next will consider PGW's plan to raise $22 million a year to fund the improvements. The funding surcharge would add about $3 a month to a typical residential user's bill.