06-22-2018
06-22-2018 Impact fees further boost Washington, Greene and its towns
Natural gas production is up, and so are impact fee revenues –  especially in Washington and Greene counties.  The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission reported Thursday about $209.6  million in impact payments collected from gas producers in 2017 will be  distributed. That is a $36.3 million increase from last year....  - Washington Observer-Reporter

06-22-2018 Marcellus Shale fees coming to local counties
Blair and its surrounding counties and their municipalities will share more  than $2.2 million in Marcellus Shale fees with nearly 60 percent heading to  Clearfield County, according to the state Public Utility Commission  website.  Statewide the PUC is disbursing $210 million in impact fees collected from...  - Altoona Mirror

06-22-2018 Franklin Co. commissioners side with Transource opponents
CHAMBERSBURG -- Franklin County Commissioners on Thursday took formal  action to oppose the Transource power transmission line.  Transource is seeking approval from the Pennsylvania Public Utility  Commission for rights of way to erect 13-story-tall monopoles and string...  - Chambersburg Public Opinion

06-22-2018 Study: Nuke plant retirements likely won't raise electricity costs
A forthcoming study from Penn State University concluded that electricity  prices likely won’t spike even if nuclear power plants across  Pennsylvania are prematurely retired.  Seth Blumsack, an associate professor of energy policy and economics at  Penn State, said Thursday that a three-year study of energy markets...  - Levittown Bucks County Courier Times

06-22-2018 Energy official toutes Trump policies
Policies under the Trump Administration are doing a lot to help the gas and  oil industry, and that’s good news for the state of Pennsylania.  Thomas J. Pyle, president of the Institute for Energy Research, told  Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce members Wednesday that those...  - Williamsport Sun-Gazette

06-22-2018 Decade of study shows state’s environment, natural gas industry can live together
Energy companies have drilled more than 11,000 wells since the natural gas  industry arrived in the state in 2008, making Pennsylvania the nation’s  No. 2 gas-producing state after Texas.  We well remember the environmental horror stories that were told as the  drilling began in earnest....  - Williamsport Sun-Gazette

06-22-2018 Natural gas fee generates $209.5M in 2017
PITTSBURGH – Nearly $210 million has been disbursed in natural gas  impact fees for drilling activity occurring in 2017, including $7.8 million  for northcentral Pennsylvania counties and municipalities, according to the  Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC)....  - Lock Haven Express

06-22-2018 The Natural Gas Industry Has a Leak Problem
The American oil and gas industry is leaking more methane than the  government thinks — much more, a new study says. Since methane is a  powerful greenhouse gas, that is bad news for climate change.  The new study, published Thursday in the journal Science, puts the rate of...  - New York Times

06-22-2018 PUC taking control of utility pole attachments
CARMICHAELS – State Rep. Pam Snyder said the state Public Utility  Commission’s recent action to take control of utility pole attachments  away from the federal government is a positive outgrowth of her work that  procured the governor’s commitment to expanding high-speed internet....  - Waynesburg Greene County Messenger

06-22-2018 County commissioners vote to oppose Transource
CHAMBERSBURG — Franklin County Commissioners Thursday voted unanimously  to formally oppose the Transource energy project.  Transource, the company hired by PJM Interconnection, wants to construct  the Independence Energy Connection, a $320 million electric system upgrade...  - Waynesboro Record Herald

06-21-2018 IRRC Submits Comments to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
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06-21-2018 PUC Details $209 Million Distribution of Gas Drilling Impact Fees; Total Fee...
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06-21-2018 $32.7B budget package speeds through Pennsylvania House
A $32.7 billion spending package for Pennsylvania's approaching fiscal year  began speeding through the state Legislature on Wednesday with little  public debate, a stark change from the first three budgets hashed out by  Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the House and Senate's huge Republican...  - AP

06-21-2018 CNX, Range officials upbeat on energy at DUG Conference
PITTSBURGH – Executives from two natural gas drilling companies based  at Southpointe energized the first full day of an energy conference.  Tim Dugan of CNX Resources Corp. and Dennis Degner of Range Resources were  among the speakers Tuesday morning at the 10th annual DUG East Conference...  - Washington Observer-Reporter

06-21-2018 Utility-backed measure drawing criticism heads toward vote
HARRISBURG — Legislation that Pennsylvania utilities say will help them  recoup costs more quickly is heading toward a final vote in the state  Senate, but consumer advocates warn that it lacks protection for people and  businesses...  - AP

06-21-2018 Here's why Lancaster County, despite its wholesome reputation, has such bad air [We the People report]
Blame our unlucky downwind geographical location. Blame our flatness. Blame  our lack of trees. Blame cars, trucks and construction equipment. Blame so  many wood-burning stoves.  Even blame Lancaster County’s proud reputation as being  Pennsylvania’s breadbasket — farming and growing things are a...  - Lancaster Intelligencer Journal

06-21-2018 Pa. discloses how it will divvy up $210M in shale gas fees
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Thursday disclosed how it  will slice up the nearly $210 million pie of shale-gas impact fees from  2017, including portions totalling $3.65 million to Philadelphia and four  surrounding counties.  County and municipal governments will receive a total of $115 million, and...  - Philadelphia Inquirer

06-20-2018 2018-19 proposed Pa. state budget makes $70 million investment in school safety
In a state that didn't experience a mass school shooting incident like the  ones in Parkland, Fla., or Santa Fe, N.M., Pennsylvania lawmakers are  counting their blessings and taking proactive steps to keep it that way.  The proposed $32.7 billion agreed-to state budget that is teed up for a...  - Penn Live, Patriot-News

06-20-2018 In Pennsylvania, it's budgeting the election-year way. But the economy helped.
It seems almost too easy to say it, but the 2018-19 state budget set for a  vote in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Wednesday does have all  the elements of an election-year budget.  And why not?  This is 2018 after all.  In a few short months, your television and computer screens will be flooded...  - Penn Live, Patriot-News

06-20-2018 Pa. House passes bill creating higher hurdles for public taking of protected lands
This post was updated at 10:11 p.m. to correct a mistake in the votes cast  by House members representing Cumberland Valley School District. Rep. Dawn  Keefer, R-Dillsburg, was a yes vote, Tuesday.  The Pennsylvania state House has given a quick and speedy approval to a...  - Penn Live, Patriot-News

06-20-2018 Public shut out of Pa. budget talks | Editorial
Lawmakers have been uncharacteristically silent during the current state  budget process, with vague assurances that “things are chugging  along.” But one thing has been clear from the moment Gov. Wolf in  February delivered the shortest budget address in recent years: The...  - Philadelphia Inquirer

06-20-2018 Did PPL bill you twice this month? Read this
If you are one of an estimated 40,000 PPL Electric Utilities customers who  thought you were billed twice this month, don’t fret.  That’s according to PPL Electric, which is telling those customers a  recently installed new payment processing system led to some errors....  - Allentown Morning Call

06-20-2018 Met-Ed restores electricity to Berks customers
Electricity has been restored to all Met-Ed customers after thousands were  left without power after a line of thunderstorms moved through the region  Monday.  At the peak of the storm, more than 3,500 Berks County Met-Ed customers  were left without power, according to FirstEnergy's Storm Center website....  - Reading Eagle

06-20-2018 CNX agrees to use energy-saving electric fracking fleet
Southpointe-based CNX Resources Corp. and Evolution Well Services announced  Tuesday they have forged a three-year agreement for CNX to use one of  Evolution’s 100 percent electric, natural gas-fueled, gas  turbine-powered fracturing fleets.  This is the first long-term agreement for such a fleet in the Appalachian...  - Washington Observer-Reporter

06-20-2018 Cumberland planning commission to consider power plant
A company that has proposed constructing a 620-megawatt natural gas power  plant near Nemacolin in Cumberland Township will seek final approval for  its plans next month from Cumberland Township Planning Commission.  Plans for the plant, which will be built on a 41-acre site off Thomas Road...  - Washington Observer-Reporter

06-20-2018 Pennsylvania House poised to pass $32.7 billion spending plan
HARRISBURG — The state House could vote as soon as today to approve a  $32.7 billion spending plan that provides more money for schools and school  safety without raising taxes.  The state budget is supposed to be done by June 30. If the House passes the  plan, as expected, it would leave the Senate more than a week to act on the...  - Meadville Tribune

06-20-2018 Bipartisan Budget Beats Buzzer
It looks like Pennsylvania has a budget deal — and days before the  deadline.  While Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican-held Legislature have struggled over  the last few years, a tentative 2018-19 fiscal year proposal projects tax  revenue growth that allowed all parties to agree to a $32.7 billion...  - PoliticsPA

06-20-2018 Utility-backed measure drawing criticism heads toward vote
Legislation that Pennsylvania utilities say will help them recoup costs  more quickly is heading toward a final vote in the state Senate, but  consumer advocates warn that it lacks protection for people and  businesses...  - AP

06-19-2018 PEC: Can Carbon Pricing Keep Nuclear Viable?
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06-19-2018 Storms cool Valley, topple trees, douse lights
A fast-moving line of thunderstorms blew through the Valley on Monday and  provided some relief from the day's near-record heat, but not before  causing havoc in the Danville area. Wind from the storms knocked down trees  and wires in Riverside and snuffed out power to hundreds of residents in...  - Sunbury Daily Item

06-19-2018 PECO to close Gay Street weekdays for utility improvement
West Chester >> PECO is planning to close Gay Street (westbound Route 3)  weekdays between Matlack Street and High Street (Business U.S. 322) in West  Chester on Monday, June 25, through late August, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., for  utility installation, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation...  - West Chester Daily Local News

06-19-2018 Two more notices of violation issued to Mountain Valley Pipeline
State regulators have issued two more violation notices to the Mountain  Valley Pipeline project, this time for for water pollution violations in  Nicholas and Harrison counties.  In all, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has cited  the 300-mile pipeline project four times for breaking water pollution...  - Charleston Gazette-Mail

06-19-2018 State budget plan begins to emerge from behind closed doors
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Details of a state budget plan are emerging as  rank-and-file Pennsylvania lawmakers are beginning to hear details about a  package negotiated behind closed doors by top Republican lawmakers and  Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf...  - AP

06-18-2018 New Board Members Welcomed to Team PA
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06-18-2018 Snyder: PUC Rule Change Would Benefit Broadband Expansion
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06-18-2018 Pipeline project spurs misery in Middletown
MIDDLETOWN >> The pennant flags are strung on poles along Pennell Road, but  it’s no carnival they’re announcing.  Right within the orange netting fence adjacent to Wildwood Avenue, a few  blocks down from Glenwood Elementary School, construction machinery the  size of a tank drills into the ground as part of the Mariner East 2 project...  - Primos Delaware County Daily and Sunday Times

06-18-2018 State budget angst magically invisible in election year
It would be hilarious — if it did not involve millions of dollars, most  of it your tax dollars. We speak of the state’s 2018-19 budget.  Local lawmakers say they expect a smoother process to approving the budget.  And — are you sitting down? — it may be approved by the June 30...  - Lewistown Sentinel

06-18-2018 State regulators zap Fla. electricity supplier with $30,000 penalty over sales, marketing practices
State regulators have approved a $30,000 civil penalty under a settlement  with a Florida-based electric generation supplier over the the  company’s marketing and sales practices.  The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission unanimously OK’d the deal  Thursday with American Power & Gas of Pennsylvania LLC, several years after...  - Allentown Morning Call

06-17-2018 The Passive House approach is excellent for energy efficiency and affordability
We were pleased to see the Forum article by architect Brandon Nicholson on  energy efficiency and his salutatory comments on Passive House (June 10,  “Build Better Buildings in Pittsburgh”).  We at ACTION-Housing have long been interested in these concepts, leading...  - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

06-17-2018 UGI customers to see rates drop July 1 due to federal tax reform
All UGI Utilities customers will see their bills drop on July 1, as the  company fulfills a state order to share its savings from recently enacted  federal tax reform with them.  Average residential customers will see their bill fall from $69.36 a month  to $67.55 a month, the utility announced on Friday. That’s a decline of...  - Lancaster Intelligencer Journal

06-17-2018 Md. moving in the wrong direction on energy
Maryland is at a significant choice point looking toward our energy future:  Aggressively build clean renewable electricity generation or lock  electricity generation into 30 and more years of fossil fuel-fed utilities  — notably the dirty fuel with the clean-sounding name, natural gas. The...  - Baltimore Sun


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