June 19, 2015 |
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.
June 10, 2015 |
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.
June 3, 2015 |
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)
June 3, 2015 |
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.
June 3, 2015 |
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.
May 22, 2015 |
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.
April 17, 2015 |
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.
April 13, 2015 |
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.
April 6, 2015 |
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.
March 9, 2015 |
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.