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April 5, 2012 | Andy Maykuth
Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission investigators on Thursday filed a formal complaint seeking to revoke the license of Glacial Energy of Pennsylvania, Inc. for allegedly omitting information in its 2009 application to be an electric generation supplier. The complaint is the PUC's first attempt to put a supplier in Pennsylvania's robust competitive electricity market out of business. The PUC's Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement alleged that Glacial Energy did not report that its chief executive, Gary Mole, had an ownership interest in Franklin Power Co., an electricity supplier whose license was revoked in Texas in 2006.
NEWS
March 28, 2012 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia's most prominent advocacy law firm for the poor is urging the state to extend a moratorium on utility shutoffs for thousands of low-income households because the state Department of Public Welfare has a large backlog of applications for a federal home energy assistance program. In a March 23 letter to Robert F. Powelson, chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, lawyers from Community Legal Services of Philadelphia asked the commission to tell utilities to hold off on terminating utility service to people with pending applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
NEWS
February 12, 2012 | By Craig R. McCoy and Joseph Tanfani, Inquirer Staff Writers
Pennsylvania regulators are taking steps to begin safety checks of some natural gas pipelines in the Marcellus Shale regions - hiring inspectors and drafting new rules that will bring the state in line with the rest of the nation. But a dispute continues over whether the state oversight goes far enough. The new safety-inspection and construction regulations still will not apply in the most rural areas of shale country, the hotbed for new pipeline projects, with up to 25,000 miles being built or on the drawing boards.
BUSINESS
January 26, 2012 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Members of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, citing concerns over Philadelphia's aging natural gas pipelines, have expressed frustration at the slow pace of a city study about privatizing Philadelphia Gas Works. Some members of the commission, who met Tuesday with The Inquirer's editorial board, want to renew pressure on the city to sell the utility, saying a private buyer could draw on greater resources to replace the 1,500 miles of brittle cast-iron mains that will take the cash-strapped utility 85 years to replace at its current pace.
BUSINESS
January 6, 2012 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia Gas Works chief executive Craig E. White on Thursday expressed "disappointment" with a stinging 334-count complaint by state regulators that alleges the utility botched its response to a fatal gas-main leak last January. White, in a message in the utility's internal monthly newsletter, defended PGW's response to the Jan. 18 explosion in Tacony that killed PGW worker Mark Keeley and injured five employees. On Dec. 15, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission alleged that PGW "failed to take required steps to minimize the danger of accidental ignition of gas," but the panel stopped short of saying PGW caused the blast.
NEWS
January 5, 2012 | By Andrew Maykuth, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia Gas Works chief executive Craig E. White on Thursday expressed "disappointment" with a stinging 334-count complaint by state regulators that alleges the utility botched its response to a fatal gas-main leak last January. White, in a message in the utility's internal monthly newsletter, defended PGW's response to the Jan. 18 explosion in Tacony that killed PGW worker Mark Keeley and injured five other employees. On Dec. 15, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission alleged that PGW "failed to take required steps to minimize the danger of accidental ignition of gas," but the panel stopped short of saying PGW caused the blast.
NEWS
December 16, 2011 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
State regulators on Thursday slapped Philadelphia Gas Works with a 334-count complaint alleging the utility failed to properly follow procedures in connection with a Jan. 18 explosion in Tacony that killed a 19-year-old PGW worker and injured five other employees. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission said PGW "failed to take required steps to minimize the danger of accidental ignition of gas" after its workers responded to a reported gas leak in the 6900 block of Torresdale Avenue.
NEWS
December 2, 2011 | By Christina Kauffman, YORK (PA.) DISPATCH (MCT)
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has scrapped plans for a new area code that would have affected the York area. Commissioners dismissed a petition filed about two years ago by Neustar Inc., the number planner for Pennsylvania, because it was concerned that the 717 area code would be depleted of number combinations by the third quarter of 2012. The commission announced Thursday that plans were dropped because, according to new data, the number combinations won't be exhausted until the fourth quarter of 2016, so the relief plan might be withdrawn or dismissed.
NEWS
September 21, 2011 | By Andrew Maykuth, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Wednesday announced it will hold a special reliability forum in Harrisburg on Oct. 12 to hear how the state's electric utilities managed their responses to Hurricane Irene, which caused 1.3 million outages. "By taking a step back and looking at how the utilities responded and where we can make improvements allows us to strive for an even more effective response in the future," PUC Chairman Robert F. Powelson said in a statement. At the height of the Aug. 27 storm, about 768,000 customers were without power.
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