04-27-2017
04-27-2017 FirstEnergy must pay rail firms for breaking coal contract
FirstEnergy Corp. can’t use federal environmental standards as an  excuse to break its contracts with several railroads that were supposed to  be hauling coal to now shuttered power plants, an arbitration panel ruled.  Ohio-based FirstEnergy disclosed on Wednesday that the arbitration panel...  - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

04-27-2017 Grid operator urges cooperation if states want to preserve nuclear plants
HARRISBURG — The regional electric grid for Pennsylvania and 12 other  states can adapt and remain reliable without the state’s five nuclear  power plants, but it is not likely to face that situation anytime soon, an  official with grid operator PJM Interconnection said on Wednesday....  - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

04-27-2017 FirstEnergy pushes for rate hike to help Ohio nuclear plants
TOLEDO — A proposed electricity rate increase for FirstEnergy Corp.  customers in Ohio to keep alive two nuclear plants along Lake Erie  shouldn't be considered a bailout, the utility's president told state  lawmakers...  - AP

04-27-2017 Pa. may allow utilities to raise rates to pay for gas-main extensions
Should current Pennsylvania utility customers pay the cost to extend gas  service to their neighbors?  The state House Consumer Affairs Committee on Wednesday ventured into that  minefield of potentially clashing interests when it heard testimony in  Harrisburg on a proposal to allow utilities to impose a surcharge on all...  - Philadelphia Inquirer

04-27-2017 Electricity supplier penalized for telemarketing calls
I warned a few weeks ago to watch for aggressive or deceptive door-to-door  electricity sales, and here's a reminder to be careful with sales pitches  on the phone, too.  An electricity supplier that sells in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding  areas will pay an $18,000 fine to settle a probe into its telemarketing...  - Allentown Morning Call

04-27-2017 UGI does its RIF on reading in Reading
Reading, PA  Christina Ocasio loves to read.  So the 7-year-old said she was happy when volunteers with UGI Utilities  came to 10th and Green Elementary School on Wednesday as part of the  company's 26th year supporting the Reading Is Fundamental program.  TODAY'S SPONSOR:...  - Reading Eagle

04-26-2017 Inspector General Files Welfare Fraud Charges Against 77 in February
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04-26-2017 Pittsburgh 2030 progress report shows participation growth, millions in energy savings
Five years into its goal of reducing emissions, energy and water use by 50  percent by 2030, the Pittsburgh 2030 District has made several dramatic  leaps and added part of the North Side flats to expand the boundaries of  participation by 10 percent.  Starting with 81 properties Downtown in 2012, Pittsburgh 2030 — an...  - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

04-26-2017 UGI planning gas line projects
UGI will spend more than $170 million to replace natural gas mains and  complete a variety of system enhancement projects, according to company  press release.  In Northeast Pennsylvania, infrastructure projects will be completed on  North Wyoming, North Vine and East Chestnut streets in Hazleton; Railroad...  - Wilkes-Barre Citizens' Voice

04-26-2017 Gas main replacements and street milling, repaving set
Multiple streets throughout Williamsport are going to see major gas main  replacements and ripped up and milled areas as utilities begin their summer  season.  The busy schedule was part of the discussion Tuesday at City Council’s  public works committee, where officials were given maps and photographs...  - Williamsport Sun-Gazette

04-26-2017 UGI announces replacement of infrastructure in Shamokin
READING — UGI Utilities will spend more than $170 million in fiscal  year 2017 to replace natural gas mains and complete a variety of system  enhancement projects.  - Shamokin News-Item

04-25-2017 Governor Wolf to Delegation: Federal Cuts Will Hurt Pennsylvanians
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04-25-2017 Lehigh Valley pipelines on UGI's replacement list
Seven miles of streets in four Lehigh Valley communities have undergone or  will undergo gas-pipeline replacement as part of UGI Utilities' plan to  spend about $170 million on area projects.  UGI spokesman Joe Swope said Monday that the company has completed more...  - Allentown Morning Call

04-25-2017 UGI announces natural gas infrastructure upgrades in Scranton
SCRANTON — Starting Oct. 1, UGI Utilities will spend more than $170  million to replace and improve natural gas infrastructure across the state,  including several projects in the city and in Honesdale.  The utility will work on the following areas in Scranton: 600-1000 blocks...  - Scranton Times

04-25-2017 UGI to replace 6 sections of old gas mains in Lancaster city and Lancaster Township
UGI Utilities will replace six sections of natural gas mains in Lancaster  city and Lancaster Township before Oct. 1, the company announced Monday.  The local projects, involving 14,400 feet of new pipe, costing $2.7 million  to purchase and install, are part of a $170 million investment to replace...  - Lancaster Intelligencer Journal

04-25-2017 Energy infrastructure is key
What’s happening with the construction (Gas pipeline work could be near  ) of Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 pipeline is exactly how important  infrastructure projects should be managed in Pennsylvania.  First, this project received unprecedented regulatory review since it was...  - Lock Haven Express

04-24-2017 FirstEnergy awaits judgment that may hasten bankruptcy
As FirstEnergy Corp., one of the largest electric utility companies in the  U.S., is barreling toward a verdict on what to do about its money-losing  power plant subsidiaries, a dispute with a couple of railroads may force  the company’s hand.  A decision in one of several contract dispute cases nagging at the...  - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

04-24-2017 Advocates urge PUC to snub Peco's pay-as-you-go proposal
A Peco proposal to launch a unique pay-as-you-go plan for electricity  customers has attracted an outpouring of response from advocates, much of  it wary and hostile.  The Philadelphia utility in October filed a proposal with the Pennsylvania  Public Utility Commission to create a pilot program that would allow a...  - Philadelphia Inquirer

04-24-2017 Three Mile Island could close as soon as 2019, a sign of nuclear power's uncertain future
Its closure would signal a reversal of nuclear power in Pennsylvania,  second only to Illinois in the number of nuke plants.  Three Mile Island could be the first of five nuclear plants in the state to  succumb to the pressures of a changing field of energy producers....  - Lancaster Intelligencer Journal

04-24-2017 More plants to process Marcellus gas could come to Pennsylvania
WYSOX TOWNSHIP — The $6 billion Shell ethane cracker plant, which is  being built in Beaver County, is believed to be the largest private  investment in Pennsylvania since World War II.  The Shell plant will process ethane — a component of Marcellus natural  gas found in western Pennsylvania — so that it can be used to create...  - Towanda Daily Review

04-24-2017 Coal forged our past and can power our future
By STATE REP. PAM SNYDER  King Coal is alive, and the miracle resource and those who extract it  deserve a top billing in America’s economic and energy portfolio.  - Somerset Daily

04-24-2017 Energy Days Conference Aims to Provide Innovative Solutions to Energy Challenges
UNIVERSITY PARK — Energy is ubiquitous in our world, but massive  innovation is needed if we are to provide the clean, safe, abundant and  affordable energy a prosperous future will require, according to Penn State  President Eric Barron. Leaders in the energy field project that 50 percent...  - State College News

04-23-2017 What to do with a former coal mine? Make it a solar farm
A former strip mine would be converted into a solar farm under a proposal  announced by an Appalachian coal company that says it wants to place  hundreds of thousands of panels in the Kentucky mountains...  - AP

04-23-2017 Fearful parents demand schools near gas pipeline release evacuation plans
Behind closed doors at Rose Tree Media school headquarters in Delaware  County, the “safety summit” brought together district and township  leaders, first responders, officials from Sunoco Logistics, and even  Homeland Security to draw up school evacuation plans in the event of a...  - Philadelphia Inquirer

04-23-2017 Nuclear future debate intensifying
Nuclear energy is emerging as a live issue at the statehouse in a way not  seen since the Three Mile Island nuclear accident in March 1979 —  nearly 40 years ago.  The formation of a very diverse coalition to oppose any nuclear  “bailouts” following the creation by lawmakers last month of a...  - Wilkes-Barre Citizens' Voice

04-23-2017 Area transit authorities getting CNG fueling stations
Two area public transportation authorities will be among the first in the  state get compressed natural gas fueling stations this year through a  public-private contract.  CNG stations are being installed at the Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority  and the Westmoreland County Transit Authority this year and a station at...  - Uniontown Herald-Standard

04-23-2017 Why, yes, natural gas drilling can be done responsibly: Dave Spigelmyer
Over the past decade, America's energy outlook has transformed in ways few  could have ever projected.  Thanks to continuous technological advancements along with a lot of hard  work, the United States is now the world's top oil and natural gas producer  - putting our nation in a position to meet our energy demands while...  - Harrisburg Patriot-News

04-21-2017 Business briefs: State approves new infrastructure charge for Duquesne Light customers
State approves new infrastructure charge for Duquesne Light customers  The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission voted 5-0 to approve a new  charge on Duquesne Light Co. customers that allows the Pittsburgh electric  utility to collect $212 million for infrastructure improvements over the...  - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

04-21-2017 Peco fined $15K for 2013 Rosemont gas-main explosion
Peco has agreed to pay a $15,000 fine and improve its safety programs to  settle a Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission complaint stemming from a  2013 gas-main explosion at Rosemont College that injured two workers  operating a drill rig.  The PUC’s Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement sought a $315,000...  - Philadelphia Inquirer

04-21-2017 Pa. energy supplier makes amends for aggressive telemarketing
A Pennsylvania retail electricity supplier agreed to pay an $18,000 penalty  to regulators and to improve its marketing practices to settle a complaint  over aggressive telemarketing.  Great American Power LLC agreed to a settlement with the Pennsylvania  Public Utility Commission stemming from incidents that occurred in...  - Philadelphia Inquirer

04-21-2017 Natural gas fueling stations coming to Monroe transit authority
Monroe County will be host to one of the first of 29 compressed natural gas  fueling stations in the state.  The effort will be part of a joint venture between the Pennsylvania  Department of Transportation, Trillium CNG and Cam Tran.  The Monroe County Transit Authority will be the beneficiary of this...  - Pocono Record


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