Pennsylvania

PUC Issues Aqua/Peoples Gas Audit Report & Implementation Plan

To reduce costs offloaded on consumers, Pennsylvania's PUC called for several cost-saving measures from gas, water, and wastewater utilities Aqua PA and People's Gas. The hopes are to save over $400,000 dollars in expenses for the utilities, which would ultimately be 'saved' by utility consumers...Read more

Board Approves RGGI Rule, Moving Pa. a Step Closer to Joining Carbon Emissions Program

The Environmental Quality Board voted 15-4 Tuesday to adopt the final regulation that would have Pennsylvania join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cap-and-trade program that targets carbon dioxide emissions in the power sector. The new rule is now headed to an independent regulatory...Read more

Pa. utilities urge a resumption of shutoffs as pandemic subsides and unpaid bills soar

This article discusses the Pennsylvania PUC’s decision to resume disconnections in more detail. It also references why utilities have been so adamantly insistent on reinstating utility shut offs. According to the utilities, at least as documented...Read more

Unpaid Pa. utility bills soar 68% in the pandemic, and thousands face shutoffs next month

This article documents the end of the utility shutoffs suspension in Pennsylvania, which will take place on November 9, 2020.  

Utilities have said that the moratorium, which was enacted in March, has not led to an increase in payment plan applications, but has instead led to an...Read more

Renewables overtake coal, but natural gas still dominates U.S. power generation

Renewable energy is making its way as one of the dominant sources of energy production in the United States. Currently, it accounts for 20% of the U.S.' energy production and is only surpassed by gas-powered energy production, which accounts for 40% of energy production in the nation. Coal...Read more

Pennsylvania American Water seeks 24% rate hike over 2 years.

This article highlights a proposed water and sewer rate increase for Pennsylvania customers.Read more

Pa. to Lift Last Coronavirus-Induced Moratorium on Utility Shutoffs

As a year from the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic comes to a close, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission is deciding to lift the moratorium on disconnection it had put in place to protect the Commonwealth's residents. This decision comes from pressures exerted by the utilities on...Read more

RGGI will reduce carbon emissions and bring millions to Pennsylvania. This shouldn’t be a fight. | Editorial

This article was shared by Governor Wolf and is advoacting for Pennsylvania joining RGGI. It is part of my RGGI PECE essay.Read more

LIHEAP State Sheet - Pennsylvania 2020

This fact sheet provides numbers for the following in Pennsylvania:

  • Gross LIHEAP allocation to Pennsylvania in 2017
  • # of households eligible for LIHEAP in Pennsylvania
  • # of low-income households that received LIHEAP in Pennsylvania in 2017
  • % change in LIHEAP
  • ...Read more
Proposal to join regional cap-and-trade program draws 13,000 comments

This article simply gives an update on the PA proposal to join the regional cap and trade program, also known as RGGI. The Department of Environmental Protection received more than 13,000 comments. The Wolf administration hopes to join RGGI in 2022. PA is the only state in the region that has...Read more

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