August 12, 2016 |
Doug Oliver, the former spokesman for Mayor Nutter and Philadelphia Gas Works, has joined Peco Energy Co. as its director of communications. Oliver, 41, was senior vice president for communications at PGW before stepping down to run for mayor in 2015. After the Democratic primary, he returned to the city-owned utility as a senior leader for external affairs and marketing and corporate communications. Before working for PGW, Oliver served as the Nutter administration's press secretary as a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.
July 28, 2016 |
Philadelphia landlords urged a federal judge Tuesday to nullify all outstanding gas liens linked to deadbeat tenants, a move PGW said could drastically alter its business and increase the bills of customers in good standing. Lawyers for five landlords asked a federal judge to include all city landlords in his March ruling, which declared that Philadelphia Gas Works' manner of placing liens on rental properties for debts owed by tenants is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge J. Curtis Joyner ruled in March that landlords did not receive due process when the city-owned PGW failed to provide sufficient notice that their tenants were behind in payments, and that landlords would be held liable.
July 18, 2016 |
Maeetta Hardy did not have the resources to replace the furnace of the Germantown house where her family has lived for nearly four decades. "God knows that stove was old," she said. So Hardy welcomed a Philadelphia Gas Works contractor who recently installed an efficient, new gas furnace and hot-water system in her 116-year-old house, at no charge. "I wished I had the money to fix the things, but I don't," said Hardy. Hardy, 69, is among about 2,100 PGW low-income customers who received weatherization and efficiency improvements in the last year.
July 14, 2016 |
Investigators are asking for help finding a man who stole jewelry from a 96-year-old woman in East Mount Airy by pretending to be a utility worker. Police on Tuesday released surveillance footage of the suspect, who got into the woman's home on the 6900 block of Crittenden Street on July 8 by saying he worked for Philadelphia Gas Works. The man told the woman that a gas leak contaminated a water line in the street, and the source of the leak needed to be turned off inside her home, police said.
July 1, 2016
AFTER EIGHT YEARS of Michael Nutter, Philadelphia seems to be returning to a strong-mayor form of government. That's the way it is supposed to be. The mayor as the pre-eminent power in City Hall was an idea written into the City Charter more than 60 years ago. Unlike what is in the U.S. Constitution, the legislative branch and the executive branch were not supposed to be co-equal. The mayor was given the tools to rule. Unfortunately, as Nutter discovered, you still need to get City Council to provide the votes for your agenda, and he never mastered that trick.
June 11, 2016 |
Philadelphia Gas Works will raise rates about 85 cents a month per customer over the next two years for the "limited purpose" of recovering $11.4 million it spent on infrastructure improvements last year. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission approved the increase to PGW's distribution system improvement charge on Thursday, allowing the city utility to recoup money it spent on pipeline replacements but was unable to collect through its existing improvement surcharge. "While there is no good time to raise rates, PGW has established that the need to do so for a limited purpose is compelling," Commissioners Gladys M. Brown and Robert F. Powelson said in a joint statement.
June 8, 2016 |
Six local schools have formed a consortium to train students for more than 600 jobs that are expected to be needed in the coming years involving work on underground gas utility systems. Drexel University, Community College of Philadelphia, Delaware County Community College, Bucks County Community College, Camden County College, and Montgomery County Community College on Monday announced the formation of the Collegiate Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development, a nonprofit to teach the skills necessary to work in the natural-gas distribution industry.
May 28, 2016 |
James J. Matour, 91, of East Falls, a World War II veteran and a retired executive with the Philadelphia Gas Works, died Monday, May 23, of heart failure at home. Mr. Matour grew up in Germantown. He graduated second in his class at Simon Gratz High School in 1942 and entered what is now Drexel University to major in mechanical engineering. In 1943, he interrupted his studies to enlist in the Army Air Corps. He was a B-17 bomber pilot, and flew 19 bombing missions over Nazi Germany in 1944 and 1945.
April 10, 2016 |
The Philadelphia Gas Works shut off Ruth Mathieu-Alce's service 14 months ago, after PGW workers discovered a suspicious device on the gas meter at her Lawncrest home. PGW said the power converter tampered with the meter by emitting a magnetic force that caused it to dramatically underreport fuel usage. Mathieu-Alce proclaimed her innocence and filed a complaint with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. On Thursday, the PUC upheld an administrative law judge's finding that PGW had failed to prove that the power adapter caused her meter to run slowly.
March 22, 2016 |
A federal judge has ruled in favor of several landlords who were dunned by Philadelphia Gas Works for money owed by their deadbeat tenants, declaring the utility's system of placing liens on landlords' properties to be unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge J. Curtis Joyner, in a summary judgment posted Friday afternoon, ruled that landlords' property interests "are clearly being unconstitutionally compromised" by PGW's collection process. The landlords sued in 2014, arguing that PGW's practice of slapping liens on rental properties with little or no notification leaves property owners scant recourse to defend themselves or to pressure their tenants to pay. In some cases, the tenants are long gone, and the landlords are left holding the bag for unpaid gas bills on top of unpaid rent.