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May 31, 1989 | By Robert Zausner, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
The current and former minority chairmen of the House Consumer Affairs Committee, both Bucks County Republicans, accept campaign money from utilities even though the committee oversees the utility industry. Despite the fact there is no legislative election this year, state Reps. James L. Wright Jr. and Edward F. Burns Jr. have scheduled a Harrisburg fund- raising event for June 12 to which they have invited a number of utilities or utility lobbyists. Both contended in interviews that they have not and do not accept contributions from utilities, saying that the purchase of a ticket by a utility to a fund-raising event is not the same as a campaign contribution.
BUSINESS
March 6, 2013
A report Tuesday by the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub) in the Navy Yard recommends that utilities provide a one-stop outlet for energy consumption data for building owners to comply with Philadelphia's new benchmarking law. The city's biggest utility, Peco Energy Co., has already initiated plans to create an automated data transfer service aimed at easing compliance with the benchmarking law, which requires owners of large commercial buildings...
NEWS
June 20, 2012 | BY Holly Otterbein
SOME PEOPLE have all the luck. In May, It's Our Money reported that taxpayers covered hundreds of thousands of dollars in utility bills for Water Works Restaurant & Lounge, a private business owned by the politically connected Michael Karloutsos. Now, It's Our Money has found that taxpayers also paid for utilities used by Boathouse Row Café, another business owned by Karloutsos. He leased space in city-owned Lloyd Hall, which he shared with the Parks and Recreation Department.
NEWS
September 29, 2008
With Pennsylvania electricity consumers facing record rate increases in the next few years, what's the state Senate doing guarding the bottom line of Peco Energy Co. and other utilities? Having delayed action for months on a House-approved energy-savings measure, the Senate last week suddenly gutted key consumer protections in the bill. Utilities will be the winners; consumers and the state's business climate the losers. The Senate approach would leave consumers even more vulnerable to looming double-digit rate increases.
BUSINESS
September 3, 1990 | By Julia C. Martinez, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 1989, Philadelphia Electric Co. charged off $27 million it couldn't collect from customers - about 1 percent of total revenue. That was about $3 million to $4 million higher than the year before, said Charles Rogala, PE's manager of customer service and accounts. To nudge these laggards out of their monthly bill-paying complacency, PE is doing what more and more utilities are doing: turning over to national credit agencies all customer-account information - good and bad. This means that whether customers pay their bills on time, a few days late or routinely relegate them to the nearest dumpster, credit agencies will have their number the next time they try for a mortgage, car loan or other form of credit.
NEWS
September 1, 2011 | Staff Report
With Irene long gone, the lights are finally back on for most of those who lost electricity last weekend in Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey. Area utilities say that of the hundreds of thousands who lost power in the region, all but a few thousand have electricity again. However, PSE&G, a major supplier in New Jersey, says there are still about 15,000 customers without power in North and Central Jersey, which were particularly hard hit by the storm and resulting floods.
NEWS
September 6, 2012 | By VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer
Both the electricity and gas have been turned off at the Berean Institute since utility workers found that service was being provided at the historic location, but that there was no official record of service with the two utilities. The gas and electric were shut off Aug. 30, according to a worker with ABO Haven, a job-training company that said it signed a lease with Berean to rent office and classroom space for $9,000 a month. The worker said both the gas and electric were turned off the same day a story appeared in the Daily News about a leasing conflict between ABO Haven and Berean Institute, on Girard Avenue near 19th Street.
NEWS
December 14, 1987 | By GLORIA CAMPISI, Daily News Staff Writer
Joseph B. Muldoon, a noted utilities and railroads analyst, died Saturday. He was 67 and lived in Ardmore. "Railroads were one of his great passions," said his son-in-law, Steve Friedman. "He took trains all over the country. Railroads, his family and Jerome Kern. " A member of the research department at the Philadelphia brokerage firm of Janney Montgomery Scott and a chartered financial analyst, Muldoon was a kindly man with a ready wit. He was remindful both in temperament and appearance of "Santa Claus in a three-piece suit.
NEWS
September 1, 1995 | By Tamara Chuang, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Three state legislators yesterday unveiled a plan to fight future rate shocks by public utilities involving state-mandated projects. "This should be a simple matter of state mandate, state pay," said Assemblyman Steve Petrillo, the bill's chief sponsor. The legislation, to be introduced Sept. 28 in the state Senate, would require the state to finance, through bonds and low-interest loans, any public-utility projects that arise from its mandates. It also would require privately owned utilities to extend the period that they can recover costs from large projects to more than 30 years, in order to spread out the costs charged to ratepayers.
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NEWS
June 19, 2015 | By Caroline Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police announced a new strategy Wednesday to protect seniors from crooks and scammers who pose as utility workers to get inside their homes: 911. The strategy, called "Be Sure Before You Open the Door," is simple. Whenever someone claiming to be from Peco or another utility comes to a door without an appointment, call 911. Police will figure out whether the person should be there, and send help if necessary. The program's strength is in its simplicity: It is much easier to dial 911 than to call a utility directly.
NEWS
June 10, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Voorhees-based American Water Works has asked the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) for $164 million in tax credits to move its headquarters to Camden. The application is to be considered at Tuesday's meeting of the EDA at the Waterfront Technology Center in Camden. The EDA also will consider a request from a joint Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden board for $50 million to build a "health sciences" building in the city, according to the agenda. That building, on Broadway near Cooper Medical Center, would have classrooms, lab space and offices, and would house Rutgers-Camden's Center for Computational and Integrative Biology.
BUSINESS
June 3, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania utilities, regulators and law enforcement officials on Monday announced a media campaign to raise awareness about criminals posing as utility workers to gain access to homes. The Keystone Alliance to Stop Utility Imposters urges customers to closely check identification from anybody claiming to be a utility worker. It is rare for utility workers to show up at homes without an appointment. "Sadly, the number of incidents of imposters posing as legitimate utility workers is increasing," said State Rep. Mike Regan (R-York)
BUSINESS
June 3, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Natural-gas rates are dropping for customers of three utilities in the Philadelphia area, thanks largely to falling commodity prices. Public Service Electric & Gas Co., the New Jersey utility giant, on Monday asked the Board of Public Utilities to reduce its basic gas supply rate this winter from 45 cents to 40 cents per therm, or one hundred cubic feet of gas (Ccf). That's the lowest rate in 15 years. The cut would reduce residential natural gas bills during the forthcoming winter by 5.7 percent, saving customers almost $52 a year, the utility said.
BUSINESS
June 3, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
PPL Corp. in Allentown on Monday completed the spinoff of its competitive energy business, which was combined with the power generation assets owned by Riverstone Holdings to form a new merchant power producer called Talen Energy Corp. The new company's shares will begin trading Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TLN. New Jersey officials have been wooing Talen's management to move the new company's headquarters from Allentown to Phillipsburg, 20 miles to the east.
NEWS
May 22, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - A new nonprofit development corporation, first proposed by Gov. Christie's Atlantic City advisory commission, is in talks to bring the South Jersey Gas headquarters and a Rowan University medical school to struggling Atlantic City. The Atlantic City Development Corporation, or AC Devco, is an offshoot of the New Brunswick Development Corporation, and for the time being is chaired by Jon F. Hanson, who chaired the governor's Atlantic City commission that recommended its creation.
BUSINESS
April 17, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities on Wednesday approved a Public Service Electric & Gas plan to spend an additional $95 million on energy efficiency programs for health care facilities, multi-family housing and small urban businesses, government agencies and non-profits. PSE&G has already invested $227 million on energy efficiency efforts for those sectors through the end of 2014, subsidizing hundreds of hospitals, schools, city halls, firehouses, community service organizations and apartment buildings to save energy and money.
REAL_ESTATE
April 13, 2015 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Jersey residents, like their counterparts in Pennsylvania (as outlined in this space last week), can avail themselves of free or low-cost home-repair programs, utility assistance, and housing-counseling services. Here is a sampling, compiled by the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey:   Statewide The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency works with first-time home buyers, senior citizens, and special-needs homeowners. Call its consumer hotline, 800-654-6873, or visit the website, www.njhousing.gov/dca/hmfa , for information.
BUSINESS
April 6, 2015 | By Andy Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Electric utilities across the nation are responding to slumping sales by boosting fixed customer charges, generating a guaranteed cash flow regardless of the volume of energy a customer consumes. Pennsylvania's two largest electric companies, Peco Energy Co. and PPL Electric, have filed in recent days rate-increase requests that seek substantial boosts in basic monthly charges. This shift toward fixed fees has aroused opposition in other states from advocates for low-income customers and seniors, as well as from renewable-energy and environmental groups.
BUSINESS
March 9, 2015 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
Wayne attorney Edmond Tiryak doesn't much dwell on telecommunications law, though he thinks the FCC did right last month when it backed net neutrality. That's the rule that says network owners like Comcast and Verizon can't block or discriminate when handling Internet traffic - say, to offer other businesses access to higher-priced "fast lanes. " As Tiryak sees it, data "should be like water - you can't get purer water if you pay more. " But Tiryak has his own telecom story to tell - and his analogy suggests an intriguing question.
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