October 3, 2015 |
State regulators on Thursday approved a measure to reduce the cost for new customers to hook up to Peco Energy Co.'s gas mains, increasing the incentive for homeowners to convert to natural gas. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission endorsed a Peco pilot project to finance gas-main extensions to unserved neighborhoods. Typically, the costs are so steep that few customers can afford the up-front payment. The PUC also approved a measure that would reduce or eliminate the up-front cost for thousands of customers who live along existing gas mains to connect.
September 30, 2015 |
Gov. Christie said Monday that he would not consider raising the state's tax on gasoline unless lawmakers pared back other levies, though he didn't endorse a specific plan. Christie's transportation commissioner has said the state will run out of money for road, bridge, and rail projects in July. "I will consider any option that's presented to me as long as those options include tax fairness for the people of New Jersey," Christie said Monday morning at a breakfast in Morris County hosted by the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey.
September 26, 2015 |
A group of New Jersey and Pennsylvania utilities moved forward Thursday with a controversial $1 billion project to tap into Marcellus Shale natural gas production, saying the new pipeline would deliver low gas prices, stable electricity rates, and a manufacturing renaissance to the region. PennEast Pipeline Co. filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for a certificate of public convenience and necessity, which would authorize PennEast to build the 118-mile pipeline from Luzerne County to the Trenton area.
September 19, 2015 |
In an assist to the shale-gas industry, the speaker of Pennsylvania's House said Thursday that Republicans will propose a "Keystone Energy Zone" to extend tax breaks to gas-hungry manufacturers. Rep. Mike Turzai (R., Allegheny), speaking on the final day of the Marcellus Shale Coalition's two-day conference in Philadelphia, disclosed the tax-break concept as a counterpoint to Gov. Wolf's plan to create a natural-gas severance tax. "Let's quit talking about this severance tax, and let's talk about how we improve usage," Turzai said during an onstage discussion with David J. Spigelmyer, the coalition's president, and K. Scott Roy, a Range Resources Corp.
September 17, 2015 |
After shifting its annual conference to Western Pennsylvania last year, the shale-gas industry returns to Philadelphia on Wednesday for a two-day gathering amid an economic climate substantially subdued from the industry's early go-go years. The Shale Insight 2015 conference at the Convention Center, sponsored by the Marcellus Shale Coalition, is placing an emphasis on the industry's ties to the Philadelphia region as a potential energy hub, if the pipelines to deliver shale-gas products can be built.
September 15, 2015 |
Stretching along either side of Marcus Hook's busy 10th Street, nearly 800 acres of industrial machinery tower above the placid waters of the Delaware River. Inside the complex, hundreds of construction workers bustle every day, their hammering and drilling echoing throughout the otherwise-quiet town. The sprawling facility in the tiny Delaware County borough of 2,400 wasn't always this way: Just three years ago, the complex - once the site of Sunoco Inc.'s oil refinery - sat largely vacant, its smokestacks extinguished, and most of its more than 500 workers long laid off. For as long as residents can remember, the refinery grounds that long belonged to Sunoco were not just a presence in the borough.
September 12, 2015 |
Philadelphia-area motorists should prepare for an era of detours as the region's utilities move ahead to accelerate replacement of aging gas mains. Philadelphia Gas Works, which has been under pressure from state regulators to upgrade its brittle infrastructure, has filed plans to remove all its cast-iron mains from service in 48 years, up from 86 years under its current plan. PGW, a municipal utility that serves 500,000 city customers, would pay for the gas-main replacements by increasing a surcharge on customers' monthly bills.
September 7, 2015 |
The average price of gasoline at the end of last month was about $2.60 a gallon - the cheapest petrol has been in late August since 2004, according to AAA's national survey. "Prices should continue to fall this autumn due to declining demand and the switchover to winter-blend gasoline," the auto club added. Cheap gas has, on average, saved American motorists $750 a year. It also has triggered wholesale desertions from what had been the growing ranks of the Hybrid Owners' Army. And in what numbers are these HOA troops going AWOL?
June 19, 2015 |
TUCKAHOE, N.J. - A controversial proposal to run a natural-gas pipeline through the Pinelands, blocked in a Pinelands Commission vote last year, emerged Wednesday before the Board of Public Utilities in a move that the gas company hoped would ease opposition to the project. At a hearing, South Jersey Gas asked the board to approve the relocation of a pipeline connection point outside the Pinelands and to restrict any new pipeline from adding natural-gas customers. The moves, a spokesman for the company suggested, were intended to demonstrate - to the Pinelands Commission and critics - that the proposal was environmentally sensitive and not motivated by the potential to gain customers.
June 15, 2015 |
The view from Beverley Gill's Island Beach Gear in Ocean City has changed over the nine years since she opened the shop. In the summer, she can still see packed cars of vacationers coming over the Route 52 bridge, from Somers Point onto Ninth Street - Ocean City's main entryway. But she also sees the remains of three former gas stations: metal bolts sticking up from concrete where gas pumps once stood, towering signs with white sheets where gas prices used to be. The scene is incongruous with the image and reputation of the family-oriented Shore resort that lures thousands each summer to its bustling boardwalk, pristine beaches, and neatly kept motels.