May 18, 2015 |
Four years into Pennsylvania's much-heralded Era of Electric Choice, it's time to assess. Is it worth switching electricity suppliers? Maybe. Picking plans and suppliers is a gamble, as many discovered, to their dismay, during last year's chilling polar vortex. Since then, the state Public Utility Commission has toughened the rules, to make it harder for shady operators. But never underestimate the creativity of dishonest people. If you follow a few simple rules and filter out most of the noise, I've discovered, there are ways to achieve tortoise-like savings, without much sweat.
May 14, 2015 |
Behind the scenes at the Navy Yard, with its new corporate headquarters and restored 70-year-old buildings, another transformation is taking place that is largely invisible to the public, but that could have far-reaching implications. Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp., the agency redeveloping the Navy Yard, is installing a "smart-grid" system on the 1,200-acre campus in South Philadelphia. PIDC envisions constructing an interconnected network of renewable power sources and storage devices in a self-supporting "community" system.
May 9, 2015 |
State regulators on Thursday approved a Peco Energy Co. plan to double the amount it spends annually to replace aging gas mains, from $34 million to $61 million. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission approved Peco's plan to accelerate the pace at which it upgrades at-risk pipes from 34 years to 20 years. The PUC has been pressuring gas utilities to upgrade underground distribution networks. The PUC's approval sets the stage for Peco to request a monthly customer fee known as a distribution system improvement charge, under a 2012 state law. The Philadelphia company serves more than 500,000 gas customers in suburban counties.
April 29, 2015 |
Peco Energy Co., the regional utility with 1.6 million electric customers and 500,000 natural gas customers, generated an estimated economic impact of $4.5 billion across Pennsylvania last year and supported nearly 10,000 jobs, according to a report the company released Monday. The utility, which operates in Philadelphia and surrounding Pennsylvania counties, produced $760 million in labor income across Pennsylvania, according to the study by the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, which employed Econsult Solutions Inc. to conduct the economic modeling.
April 25, 2015 |
State regulators are seeking a special inquiry into a new Peco Energy Co. rate proposal that would affect commercial customers who produce some of their own power. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Thursday voted to investigate Peco's $190 million electric rate filing, a routine action that guarantees the proposal will be assigned to an administrative law judge for hearings and undergo scrutiny for up to seven months. In a joint statement, Chairman Robert F. Powelson and Commissioner Gladys M. Brown raised specific questions about Peco's proposal to replace the Auxiliary Service Rider in its existing rates with a new Capacity Reservation Rider.
April 23, 2015 |
The Obama administration announced a broad plan to modernize the nation's energy infrastructure Tuesday in Philadelphia, where an aging system of pipes, wires, rails, and waterways is struggling to adapt to a dramatically shifting energy environment. A delegation headed by Vice President Biden visited the city to unveil the initial installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review, which focuses on how to transform the nation's energy transmission, storage, and distribution infrastructure.
March 29, 2015 |
Peco filed a $190 million electric-rate increase request Friday, its first in five years, which it says would increase a residential customer's bill 6 percent. The Philadelphia utility, which serves 1.6 million customers in the city and surrounding counties, characterized the rate increase and a companion filing outlining its five-year infrastructure-improvement plan as vital customer investments in the power system. "These investments are needed to ensure we can continue to keep the lights on for our customers and provide the safe, reliable service they deserve," Craig Adams, Peco's president and chief executive, said in a statement.
March 12, 2015 |
Whatever privations Nelson A. Diaz suffered as a child growing up in a Harlem tenement, they are in his rearview mirror now. Lynne M. Abraham stands as a testament to the relative generosity of city pensions. And State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams' household keeps the bills paid with a big boost from fracking interests. Those are a few highlights gleaned from federal tax returns of five Democratic mayoral candidates. Diaz, Abraham, Williams, James F. Kenney, and Doug Oliver voluntarily released past returns to The Inquirer for review.
March 6, 2015 |
SUNSHINE STATE Rapper Flo Rida , a/k/a Tramar Lacel Dillard , made a stop in Bala Cynwyd on Tuesday to teach his new fitness regimen to an exclusive group at AFC Fitness (601 Righters Ferry Road, Bala Cynwyd). Dillard, 35, is promoting his new FLO Fit program, which promises to get you in the best shape of your life with his high-intensity workout plan and DVD set. According to AFC Fitness president Matt Littman , about 30 participants got a FLO Fit tutorial from the Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
February 20, 2015 |
Peco Energy Co. will inspect more than 39,000 utility poles throughout Bucks and Philadelphia Counties this year as part of the company's ongoing preventive maintenance program. Inspections include a visual examination of poles and the attached equipment, taking samples from the interior of poles and excavating around the base to check for decay. Any necessary repairs and replacements would then be performed. Peco maintains 390,000 poles across the region and each is inspected every 10 years.