April 25, 2013
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will install charging stations for electric vehicles at four of its 17 service plazas this year, the commission said Tuesday. Eventually, all of the service plazas will be equipped with charging stations. The first stations, to be installed by summer, will be at the King of Prussia plaza in Montgomery County, the Bowmansville plaza in Lancaster County, the New Stanton plaza in Westmoreland County, and the Oakmont plaza in Allegheny County.
April 19, 2013 |
An affiliate of South Jersey Industries Inc., the Folsom energy company, is buying an $8 million fuel cell that will convert natural gas into electricity and steam for a Connecticut hospital. Hartford Steam Co., which is partly owned by South Jersey, will install the 1.4-megawatt fuel cell at Hartford Hospital. Fuel cells electrochemically convert a fuel-like natural gas into electricity and heat in a process that emits virtually no pollutants because there is no combustion. FuelCell Energy Inc., the manufacturer of the power equipment, says a unit that produces electricity and steam can achieve 90 percent efficiency by effectively recycling the waste heat.
April 18, 2013
LIKE EVERY talented basketball player, Hakeem Baxter was hoping to receive numerous Division I offers. Instead . . . "I only got one," he said. At 7 o'clock Wednesday night, Baxter, an explosive, worker-bee, point-guard prospect from Philadelphia Electrical and Technology Charter, said yes to his one big suitor, Maryland-Eastern Shore, by signing scholarship papers. "I looked at things the right way," he said. "It would have been nice to get more looks, but those guys were really showing me love.
April 1, 2013
As part of a national Arbor Day Foundation program called "Energy Saving Trees," Atlantic City Electric is offering 2,000 free trees to customers. The idea is that planting them strategically near houses and businesses can help reduce energy bills. Arbor Day officials estimate that within 20 years, the 2,000 mature trees the electric company gives away this year will save $380,000 in energy costs. An online tool developed by the foundation and the Davey Institute, a tree-care group, uses Forest Service research to calculate the benefits of planting trees, including cleaner air and improved storm-water management.
March 9, 2013 |
Philadelphia Electrical relied on Hakeem Baxter's 10 points and three steals on Friday night to slip past Palmyra, 48-44, before a capacity crowd at Lebanon High in the opening round of the PIAA Class AAA boys' basketball tournament. Dyshon Pack, a senior forward, added 10 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 blocks. The Chargers fell in the first round last season. "It feels pretty good," coach James Lewis said. "It was loud in there, about 3,000 people. " Neumann-Goretti 81, Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt 54 - John Davis grabbed 13 rebounds and shot 8 for 14 from the field to lead the Saints at Archbishop Ryan.
March 9, 2013 |
Philadelphia Electrical relied on Hakeem Baxter's 10 points and three steals on Friday night to slip past Palmyra, 48-44, before a capacity crowd at Lebanon High in the opening round of the PIAA Class AAA boys' basketball tournament. Dyshon Pack, a senior forward, added 10 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks. The Chargers fell in the first round last season. "It feels pretty good," coach James Lewis said. "It was loud in there, about 3,000 people. " Neumann-Goretti 81, Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt 54 - John Davis grabbed 13 rebounds and shot 8 for 14 from the field to lead the Saints at Archbishop Ryan.
March 8, 2013 |
Regional grid operator PJM Interconnection says it authorized more than 750 electric transmission improvement projects last year costing more than $5 billion to prepare for massive shifts in the way power is produced in the region. PJM, which is based in Valley Forge, said the unprecedented switch from older coal-burning power plants in Appalachia to new natural-gas and renewable energy projects is driving the need to reconfigure the grid to maintain a reliable electricity supply.
March 6, 2013
Atlantic City Electric Co. has asked the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to approve an increase in its distribution charge on June 1 to pass through higher charges. The adjustment would increase a typical residential customer's monthly bill by 1.86 percent, or about $3.37 for a customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours. The adjustments would pay for the increased cost of mandated long-term power purchase contracts with nonutility generators and increases in the costs of several statewide societal benefits programs, said Frank Tedesco, a company spokesman.
March 5, 2013 |
Thankfully, the promised inflatable rat courtesy of Philadelphia's IATSE Local 8 stagehands' union didn't show up at Saturday night's Erykah Badu show at the Electric Factory. Last week, Local 8 claimed on its Facebook page that Electric Factory's stagehands were underpaid, and that neither audience members nor Badu should cross their line. Yet there was no trouble at the Factory (and no indication whether the issue was resolved); only a sold-out crowd roused by the good vibrations of a woman who, in 1997, released two albums - Baduizm, Live - that midwifed the then-burgeoning new music brand of neo-soul.
March 5, 2013
By Robert F. Powelson In early February, Pennsylvania surpassed two million homeowners and employers using a competitive supplier for their electric service. Just three years ago, as the last of the long-term rate caps on electricity supply expired, only about 337,600 customers were using a competitive supplier. Through consumer education efforts, including www.PAPowerSwitch.com , 34 percent of Pennsylvania electric consumers are using a competitive supplier, and customers have become more comfortable with their ability to shop, save money, and take advantage of incentives.