July 20, 2016 |
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.
July 15, 2016 |
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.
July 11, 2016 |
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.
July 8, 2016 |
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.
July 2, 2016 |
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.
June 3, 2016 |
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.
June 3, 2016 |
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.
April 28, 2016 |
'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.
April 25, 2016 |
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.
April 21, 2016 |
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.