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October 31, 1990 | By Joseph S. Kennedy, Special to The Inquirer
Typewriter Warehouse, located on a side street off Springfield Road in Westbrook Park, sits in a windowless, cinder-block structure that looks abandoned. But the building is alive inside with imagery from the past: Glossy photos of stars of the golden age of Hollywood stare down into the showroom. And, somehow, Clark Gable and John Wayne seem right at home with vintage Royals and Remingtons. Typewriter Warehouse, owned by Joe Haig - who also happens to be a movie buff - is one of the few outposts of the manual typewriter in Delaware County.
NEWS
August 5, 2012 | By Jenny Barchfield, Associated Press
SANTA RITA DO SAPUCAI, Brazil - Brazilian inmate Ronaldo da Silva hops on a bicycle and pedals furiously, clocking up several miles before slowing down and jumping off. Silva hasn't gotten far, in fact not an inch. He's still inside the medium-security prison where he's serving a 51/2-year sentence for holding up a bakery, standing next to a stationary bike. But he did move a bit closer to freedom. Silva is part of an innovative program that allows inmates at a prison in Brazil's southeastern Minas Gerais state to reduce their sentences in exchange for generating power to help illuminate the town at night.
NEWS
June 27, 2010
Thousands of homes and businesses remained without electricity Saturday as utility company crews worked to repair the outages left from a powerful storm that swept the area Thursday. About 30,000 customers still did not have power by about noon Saturday, said Karen Muldoon Geus, Peco Energy Co.'s director of communications. All electricity service should be restored by Sunday night, she said. More than 200,000 homes and businesses lost power, mainly because of downed trees that snapped lines.
BUSINESS
August 25, 1998 | by Mark McDonald, Daily News Staff Writer
Last Friday morning, PGW managers pulled out the stops when they announced their intention to partner with a California energy company to sell electricity under Pennsylvania's deregulated electricity market initiative. In a gala media show, actors portraying Thomas Edison and Ben Franklin lauded the alliance between the city-owned utility and Edison Source, of City of Industry, Calif. There were balloons, PGW sunglasses and plenty of pastry. By day's end though, some of those balloons burst when the public advocate filed a 25-page opinion urging the Philadelphia Gas Commission to reject PGW's proposal.
NEWS
November 12, 1988 | By John Way Jennings, Inquirer Staff Writer
A freak accident in the Grenloch area of Washington Township knocked out electric power to more than 5,200 customers yesterday, according to a spokeswoman for the Atlantic Electric Co. Washington Township police said a backhoe being transported on a flatbed trailer fell over on its side at 6:50 a.m. on Grenloch-Hurffville Road near County House Road, as the tractor-trailer was making a turn, and knocked down an electric transformer housed on...
NEWS
April 30, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
FirstEnergy Solutions, facing an uproar in several states over its proposal to charge fixed-rate residential electricity customers a one-time fee of $5 to $15 to offset high winter costs, has decided to rethink that idea. "Even though our contracts allow us to pass through surcharges, we have decided we won't seek reimbursement from residential customers for the added costs," Donald R. Schneider, president of the Akron company, said in a statement Friday. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission last week delayed ordering an investigation of the "pass-through" charge, which First Energy had proposed to offset extra charges imposed in January by the regional grid operator.
NEWS
November 28, 1997 | by Scott Heimer, Daily News Staff Writer
Electricity is in the news these days. After more than a century of being sent a regular take-it-or-leave-it bill from our only source of it, now we're being given a choice of a supplier. But that raises a lot of questions, not just about what we're being asked to choose, but also some more basic questions as well. Here are some: What is electricity, anyway? Well, it's two things, actually. One, it's a stream of minute particles called electrons, so small they're invisible to us. And, two, it's a commodity that can now be bought and sold on the open market.
NEWS
July 21, 1987 | By GLORIA CAMPISI and SCOTT HEIMER, Daily News Staff Writers
That weather furnace enveloping the area is breaking electricity records as well as thermometers. Forecast for a tumble today is the day-old record for hourly consumption of electrical power. Philadelphia Electric Co. spokesman J. William Jones predicted 6.463 million kilowatts of electricity would be drawn by customers between 4 and 5 p.m. That's when temperatures were expected to be in the high 90s and, according to Accu-Weather meteorologist Ken Reeves, "some bank thermometers are going to read 100 or slightly higher.
NEWS
November 20, 1996
Just when you thought it was safe to make a long-distance call without getting bugged by the Dime Lady, the Legislature is itching to enact a sweeping bill that would deregulate who could sell you electricity. The bill looks pretty good to us, but (surprise) we know our wisdom is not infinite. So it's a deep concern that the final language has been in place only since Nov. 12. Something minor but important about how it all fits together just may have been missed. And how many legislators understand what they'll be voting on - or as lame ducks have incentive to care?
NEWS
September 16, 2012 | By Tom Johnson, NJ SPOTLIGHT
Warning that extreme weather is here to stay, state regulatory officials this week began weighing steps that New Jersey electric utilities should take to improve response times when restoring power to customers. At a hearing Wednesday in the Statehouse Annex, the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) heard a consultant retained by the agency detail some of the 143 recommendations made to deal with future major storms. Two unprecedented storms in 2011, which left nearly 3 million electric customers without power, triggered the investigation.
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July 20, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, STAFF WRITER
Customers of Respond Power L.L.C. will receive more than $5 million in refunds as part of a settlement the retail electricity supplier has reached with Pennsylvania. Public Utility Commission administrative law judges Elizabeth H. Barnes and Joel H. Cheskis approved a $5.3 million settlement between Respond and Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane and acting Consumer Advocate Tanya J. McCloskey, who last year charged five suppliers with deceptive practices related to huge price increases they charged during the 2014 polar vortex.
NEWS
July 15, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, STAFF WRITER
PPL Electric Utilities ranked first in customer satisfaction among 16 large eastern utilities, according to the annual J.D. Power study of residential customers that was released Wednesday. Public Service Electric & Gas Co. ranked second and Peco Energy ranked fourth. While electric bills have fallen to their lowest levels in a decade and overall satisfaction is increasing, J.D. Power said that electric companies still struggle to match other industries in customer satisfaction, including auto insurance, retail banking and airlines.
BUSINESS
July 11, 2016 | By Jonathan Takiff, Inquirer Technology Writer
While hybrid and fully electric cars have become a harder sell in today's cheap gas environment, there's no denying the enormous appeal of a battery-powered lawn mower. Operation is stupid proof, takes no liquids, and rarely requires servicing. Just charge up the high-capacity, 40-volt lithium ion battery pack for two hours and slide it into the dedicated mower slot (goes in only one way). Simultaneously press and pull the start button and power-up bar. Now you're good to mow a quarter-acre before needing a battery swap-out.
NEWS
July 8, 2016 | By Vibha Kannan, Staff Writer
Donald E. Procknow, 93, of Doylestown, former vice chairman of AT&T Technologies, died Friday, July 1, of respiratory failure at his home in Doylestown. Born and raised in Madison, S.D., Mr. Procknow briefly attended the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology before enlisting in the Navy in 1943. He served as an engineering officer aboard a warship in the Pacific Theater until the end of World War II. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin in 1947, Mr. Procknow joined the Western Electric Co., where he met his wife, Esther.
BUSINESS
July 2, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, STAFF WRITER
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has approved a settlement requiring retail electricity supplier IDT Energy Inc. to pay about $6.75 million in penalties and refunds for deceptive marketing practices related to high bills during the winter of 2014. IDT will pay $2.4 million in refunds to eligible consumers, in addition to the $4.2 million it has already paid. The company also will pay a civil penalty of $25,000 and contribute $75,000 to the Electric Distribution Companies' hardship funds.
NEWS
June 3, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, STAFF WRITER
Limerick Generating Station Unit 2 shut down Wednesday morning after an electrical-component malfunction affected the operation of the recirculating water pumps at the Montgomery County nuclear reactor, the plant's operator announced. Exelon Generation, the reactor's owner, said technicians will determine the cause of the failure and repair and fully test the system before returning Unit 2 to service. The recirculating water pumps are one of several systems that cool the reactor.
NEWS
June 3, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
The glow shining into the houses of Downingtown residents on a quiet residential street is a daily reminder of what homeowners say were false assurances made by a billboard company about its electronic sign on the Route 30 Bypass. The two-sided sign, residents say, can be seen from their homes. "We were told they would not be impacted. And that's clearly not the case," said Phil Dague, a Downingtown Borough Council member. "I cannot help but feel we were misled. " Representatives of the billboard company, Catalyst Outdoor Advertising, pushed back and said they would do what they could to work with residents.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 28, 2016 | By Bill Chenevert, For The Inquirer
'To-ri! To-ri! To-ri!" The chant erupted several times from the ravenous crowd who had come to worship a special kind of pop star at the sold-out Electric Factory. Tori Kelly is a good girl, a self-made 23-year-old with artistic integrity, an impressive catalog, and musical chops that earned her a jam invitation from the late, great Purple One. She had the room in the palm of her hands. Fitting that she would open Monday night's concert with "Unbreakable Smile," the title track from her major-label debut released in June.
TRAVEL
April 25, 2016 | By Pam Leblanc, AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN
AUSTIN, Texas - These cyclists don't choke down PowerBars or Gatorade. They're not interested in going fast or finishing first. And Spandex shorts? Forget it. They prefer a slow-moving roll, fueled by bacon ravioli, glazed Brussels sprouts, and trendy cocktails. As for appropriate gear, a dress and high-heeled boots will do just fine. "I was a little bit scared, because I'm not the most coordinated person," said Nicole Khalife of New York, who, along with her friend Mary Kenney of Chicago, signed up last month for a foodie bike tour during a trip to Austin.
BUSINESS
April 21, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
A grant of nearly $2.6 million will bring emissions-free electric buses to Philadelphia streets. "We looked at the economics, and we looked at the impact on the environment, and we thought on both fronts this was a good decision for the authority," said Rich Burnfield, SEPTA's deputy general manager. The Federal Transportation Administration grant, announced Tuesday, will help pay for 25 electric buses from Proterra, a California-based manufacturer. Matt Horton, one of the company's senior vice presidents, said SEPTA's order was one of the largest from a major transit agency.
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