October 16, 2001
DOESN'T IT just figure? The Public Utility Commission just announced it made a huge mistake in calculating the amount of rate increase it was granting Philadelphia Gas Works. Unfortunately, the mistake is not in PGW's favor. Instead of the $39 million base-rate increase the PUC approved last month, PGW will now get $5.5 million less. PGW's initial request was for $65 million. Ouch. This math error is likely to send PGW reeling to figure out how to pay its bills.
July 4, 1989 |
The Public Utility Commission has closed an investigation of anonymous allegations of impropriety and waste by Bell of Pennsylvania in its decision to buy phone network-management software from IBM. In a June 30 letter to Bell general counsel Robert D. Stroud, the PUC's director of operations, John G. Alford, said that based on the "information available to the commission staff at this time, there appears to be no substance to the allegations and,...
May 19, 2004 |
THROUGH your editorial "The Heat Cheats," the Daily News continues to inaccurately blame the Public Utility Commission for PGW's financial woes. It is important to note that PGW only came under PUC regulations for standards and billing practices (Chapter 56) in September 2003 and that the company did not file a tariff that complied with the regulations until November. Past PGW management created their financial troubles long before legislation placed the utility under PUC jurisdiction.
June 23, 1986
Utility lobbyists have been scurrying through the halls of the Capitol in Harrisburg painting a picture of doom and gloom if a bill reforming the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission is enacted as currently written. Every Philadelphia Electric Co. customer and every customer of Duquesne Light in Pittsburgh ought to be making the same rounds because they have just as much to gain - or lose - depending on what becomes of the legislation. Pennsylvania Electric Association lobbyists assert that passage of certain language in the bill "will end electric-utility construction in Pennsylvania.
June 29, 1987
A lot of people in Pennsylvania think William H. Smith and Daniel Clearfield would make excellent additions to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. Unfortunately, however, a small but powerful lobbying force is trying to block their nominations to the five-member commission. Mr. Smith has gained a broad background in utility regulation as an administrative law judge for the PUC. Mr. Clearfield is an attorney with the state Office of Consumer Advocate and is widely respected for his professional expertise in utility matters, particularly the complicated issues involving deregulation of telephone service.
January 16, 2006 |
AS NOTED BY Jonathan Stein of Community Legal Services (op-ed, Dec. 30), Old Man Winter is creating a lot of anxiety. While temperatures have moderated, the sting of high utility bills continues to have a chilling effect - especially on families whose budgets were already tight. High bills combined with low temperatures can send carefully balanced finances into a downward spiral that begins with missed bills and ends with termination notices and shutoffs under a new state law. The changes to the rules governing utility shutoffs, commonly called Chapter 14, altered the rules concerning cash deposits, reconnection and termination of service, payment arrangements and the filing of termination complaints by consumers.
May 5, 1986
Half the members of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission should be elected and half appointed. If this is implemented the people of Pennsylvania would come out better than they are now. In the past, many increases were granted to the utility companies without careful or thorough investigation. Elected members are likely to be more responsive to the public. Amrit Lal West Chester.
December 12, 1986 |
Concerned about the explosive growth of cogeneration and other energy development projects in the state, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission yesterday voted to begin a wide-ranging investigation of the phenomenon with an eye toward tightening the rules for new projects. PUC Chairwoman Linda C. Taliaferro, saying she was concerned "whether our regulations are biased toward encouraging cogeneration without regard to the impact . . . upon ratepayers," proposed the re-examination, which could take up to a year.
May 19, 1987 |
Sidestepping concerns expressed by black legislators, Gov. Casey yesterday designated a controversial Democrat, William R. Shane, as chairman of the state Public Utility Commission. The designation, which is not subject to legislative review or approval, came on the last day for action under a 1986 state law. If the governor had not made a selection, the former chairman, Linda C. Taliaferro, automatically would have held the post another two years. As Casey noted in his statement, Taliaferro, a Republican, will continue to serve as a regular member of the commission until her term expires in two years.
October 28, 1987 |
Otto F. Hofmann has learned what it means when union leaders say you're a nice guy and thank you for stopping by. It means they're not supporting you. He also has learned about "working the halls" of the state Capitol to win political support and trying to gauge the success of that work. As of yesterday, Hofmann had visited close to 40 of the 50 senators. He says you get a lot of "no firm commitments. " These lessons, what could be called "the political education of Otto Hofmann," will come in handy in the days and weeks ahead.