November 20, 2014 |
Marian B. Tasco, the veteran city councilwoman who has led opposition to Mayor Nutter's proposed sale of the Philadelphia Gas Works, is unfazed that there may be hell to pay if PGW's $1.86 billion privatization fails. "The people who influence me are the 150,000 who live in my district, who say we should keep our utility," Tasco, the Ninth District councilwoman, said Tuesday after a meeting of the Philadelphia Gas Commission, the city body she chairs. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission signaled Friday that there might be serious repercussions if City Council did not give a fair hearing to the proposed $1.86 billion sale to UIL Holdings Corp.
November 16, 2014 |
An exasperated Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission signaled there may be serious repercussions as a consequence of City Council's failure to consider a proposed $1.86 billion privatization of Philadelphia Gas Works. Two PUC members suggested the commission, the state body responsible for setting rates, could force the city to give up the $18 million annual fee it now receives from PGW and spend the money instead on speeding up gas-main replacement. PUC Commissioner James H. Cawley also suggested the legislature should consider removing City Council and its gas agency from any regulatory oversight of the municipal utility, eliminating a vexing jurisdictional overlap.
November 15, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - UberX, the controversial ride-sharing service, won approval Thursday to operate in most of Pennsylvania, but not in Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, which regulates taxi and limousine service in every county except Philadelphia, overruled its staff in a split decision, deciding that UberX can operate statewide for two years, if it meets requirements for auto insurance, driver background checks, and financial reporting....
November 4, 2014 |
Having snubbed Mayor Nutter's proposal to sell the Philadelphia Gas Works, City Council will hold its own hearings on the city-owned facilities Nov. 13 and 14. The second day of those hearings will overlap with a hearing on PGW by the state Public Utility Commission, which has asked Council President Darrell L. Clarke to appear. Jane Roh, spokeswoman for Clarke, said the conflict was a coincidence. "Our calendar is very tight," she said. "We were looking for the earliest dates we could find.
October 25, 2014 |
Peco Energy Co. could achieve $2.9 million to $5.7 million in annual savings and a one-time savings of up to $3.1 million, according to a management audit released Thursday by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. The report by the PUC's Bureau of Audits makes 28 recommendations for improvement. They include reducing overtime levels, improving response rates to emergency orders, studying staffing levels and reviewing emergency and inactive inventory. The utility, which serves customers in Philadelphia and surrounding counties, indicated all recommendations will be implemented by first quarter 2017.
September 27, 2014 |
Uber, the ride-sharing company, should not be given permanent authority to operate in Pennsylvania, two administrative law judges for the state Public Utility Commission said in a decision released Thursday. The full PUC will decide, likely in November, whether to accept, deny, or modify the judges' recommendation. Uber and Lyft, another ride-sharing company, are operating in Pittsburgh under temporary authority from the PUC, granted after the two companies had been operating in defiance of an earlier PUC ban. Uber's defiance of the earlier cease-and-desist order was a factor in the judges' recommendation against permanent authority.
September 24, 2014 |
Uber, the ride-sharing company that matches riders with drivers by smartphone app, will now provide connections to wheelchair-accessible vehicles in Philadelphia, it said Monday. Uber has contracted with licensed paratransit drivers who have accessible vehicles, and customers can begin using the service immediately, Uber spokesman Taylor Bennett said Monday. The announcement came one day before a legislative committee is to meet in Harrisburg to consider legislation that would permit Uber and other ride-share services to operate in Philadelphia and around the state.
September 4, 2014 |
In response to Sunoco Pipeline L.P.'s plans for a pumping station, a Chester County town passed a series of amendments to its zoning code Tuesday that will make it harder for pipeline companies to win approval for their projects. Under the amendments West Goshen Township supervisors approved at a special public hearing, the township will restrict pipeline companies to industrial areas, require them to prove their projects are necessary as public utilities, and force them to meet a series of requirements regarding safety and emergency planning.
August 23, 2014 |
Despite an adverse advisory opinion that its Mariner East pipeline does not qualify as a public utility, Sunoco Logistics Partners is plowing ahead with plans to develop the Marcellus Shale project. The Philadelphia company, in a filing this week, urged the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to reject a recommendation from two PUC administrative law judges that its Marcellus pipeline is not a public utility. The company, which is repurposing a petroleum pipeline to transport Marcellus Shale ethane and propane to Marcus Hook, said the judges' recommendation in July was "clearly erroneous" and misinterprets previous court and PUC rulings.
July 26, 2014 |
"Ride-share" services Uber and Lyft won temporary authority from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Thursday to operate in Pittsburgh and surrounding Allegheny County. In another development, taxi cabs in Philadelphia will be required to install security cameras this year, following approval Thursday by the state Independent Regulatory Review Commission. The security cameras will monitor both the driver and passengers, and are designed to improve safety for both, said the Philadelphia Parking Authority, which regulates taxis in Philadelphia.