03-28-2017
03-28-2017 Duquesne Light customers lose power on North Shore
About 4,000 Duquesne Light customers in a two-block square of the North  Shore were without power for more than an hour Monday afternoon.  The 4:45 p.m. outage, the cause of which was being investigated, affected a  half dozen bars and restaurants, the Hyatt Place hotel, and a number of...  - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

03-28-2017 PUC overreach
For numerous reasons not limited to health concerns, data collection and  bureaucratic overreach, I, as a Pennsylvania resident, do not want a smart  meter for my utilities.  Original legislation (Act129/HB2200) established that smart meter  technology would be installed upon request of the customer, in new...  - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

03-28-2017 Union ratifies 5-year labor contract with PPL Corp.
ALLENTOWN — Members of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers  Local 1600, which represents about 1,400 PPL Corp. employees in  Pennsylvania, have ratified a new five-year labor contract, PPL said  Monday.  The agreement, which runs through May 15, 2022, includes a wage increase of...  - Allentown Morning Call

03-28-2017 Talen looking to unload energy-contracting arm
ALLENTOWN — H.T. Lyons Inc., an Upper Macungie Township mechanical  engineering contractor, is among 11 companies Talen Energy Corp. wants to  sell.  For Talen, exploring a sale of its Energy Services unit is consistent with  its strategy to divest non-core assets within its portfolio and focus on...  - Allentown Morning Call

03-28-2017 Power restored in Phillipsburg area after repairs, JCP&L says
All customers of JCP&L who lost power Monday in Warren County saw service  restored by 4:45 p.m., the utility company reports.  The outage affected about 4,500 customers in Phillipsburg and the  surrounding townships of Greenwich, Harmony and Lopatcong.  The problem was traced to an equipment malfunction in a substation, said...  - Easton Express-Times

03-27-2017 Five Exelon Utilities Issue Request for Proposals Regarding Aggregation of...
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03-27-2017 UPDATED: More than 4,000 PPL customers are without power
Approximately 4,158 PPL Electric customers are without power in the  Lewisburg and upper Union County areas this morning, according to the PPL  outage map.  Teri MacBride, the Regional Affairs Director for PPL Electric, said they  first realized there was an problem at 1:58 a.m....  - Sunbury Daily Item

03-26-2017 Realistic energy options: The answer isn't blowing in the wind
Urban voters may like the idea of using more wind and solar energy, but  the push for large-scale renewables is creating land-use conflicts in rural  regions from Maryland to California and Ontario to Loch Ness.  Since 2015, more than 120 government entities in about two dozen states...  - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

03-26-2017 Wolf says he will 'vehemently oppose' LIHEAP elimination in Trump's budget
Wolf says he will 'vehemently oppose' LIHEAP elimination in Trump's budget  - Beaver County Times

03-26-2017 United Way officer says LIHEAP cuts would hurt region
Bobbi Watt Geer doesn’t need state data to tell her how big the impact  on the region would be if Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program funding  is eliminated as President Donald Trump has recommended in his proposed  budget.of Southwestern Pennsylvania, can just check the volume of calls to...  - Uniontown Herald-Standard

03-24-2017 Gas explosion levels home in Moon
A gas explosion Thursday destroyed a home in Moon, but no people were  injured and two dogs reportedly escaped unharmed, authorities said.  About 3:45 p.m., several neighbors called 911 to report a house explosion,  including at least one caller who heard the blast from at least a half-mile...  - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

03-24-2017 If you think Peco's prices are low now, just wait until June
Peco customers are paying less for electricity than at any time since  competitive market rates took effect six years ago, thanks largely to cheap  natural gas that sets the wholesale market price for all power.  The utility’s standard rate for residential generation supply on March...  - Philadelphia Inquirer

03-24-2017 Heating assistance for the poor, addiction treatment, all on chopping block under Trump budget
Gaudenzia, an addiction treatment and recovery organization that each year  helps 20,000 people, the bulk of them in Pennsylvania, beat addiction to  drugs and alcohol, gets nearly 90 percent of its $100 million from federal  funds.  Lost in the rhetoric surrounding President Trump's proposed federal budget...  - Harrisburg Patriot-News

03-24-2017 Gas-fed job developmentrequires public disclosure
The Wolf administration favors construction in Pennsylvania of  petrochemical refiners, like this one at Marcus Hook, New Jersey, to  maximize the economic impact of Marcellus Shale gas. The analysis it has  touted does not include an environmental assessment. (Associated Press File...  - Scranton Times

03-24-2017 Man ruptures gas line on ‘no trespassing’ road, charged with felony
A Warren man faces a felony charge after striking a gas well with his car.  According to the affidavit of probable cause, Anthony Thomas Pollaro, 26,  of Warren, entered Owens Rd., a privately owned road in North Warren, with  his vehicle. Pollaro’s vehicle became stuck in the mud and struck a gas...  - Warren Times Observer

03-24-2017 There’s huge potential for solar rooftops in Lancaster County, says Google
Should you install solar panels on your roof? If you're thinking about it,  you might want to consult Google.  Project Sunroof, a Google initiative launched in 2015 that maps houses with  enough exposure to sunlight for solar panels, recently expanded to cover  all 50 states....  - Lancaster Intelligencer Journal

03-24-2017 Extended PECO power outages cause inconvenience, relocation for affected students
At 6:35 p.m. on Wednesday, several Greek houses in the 3900 block of Spruce  and Delancey streets experienced power outages after a contractor from the  Philadelphia Water Department hit a PECO cable when digging for a sprinkler  connection in the 4100 block of Spruce Street....  - Daily Pennsylvanian

03-23-2017 PUC: The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) has issued an Emergency...
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03-23-2017 PUC Issues Emergency Order, Directs North Heidelberg Sewer Co., Met-Ed ...
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03-23-2017 Columbia Gas to work on lines
Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania announced a gas pipeline replacement project  that will begin in late March.  The company plans to replace 4,510 feet of underground pipe. The work will  affect customers along Allison, East Wylie, Henderson, Jefferson, Lawrence,  Maple, McAdam, Summerlea and Wellington avenues....  - Washington Observer-Reporter

03-23-2017 Ohio House speaker predicts bill removing green energy standards will pass with veto-proof majority
The House is likely to pass a bill weakening Ohio's clean-energy standards  next week with a veto-proof majority, Speaker Cliff Rosenberger said  Wednesday.  "I think it's sending a clear message ... that this is something that we  are very intent that needs to happen as state policy," the Clarksville...  - Columbus Dispatch

03-23-2017 Police Warn Of Scam In Bucks County With Callers Claiming To Be With PECO
NEWTOWN Twp., Pa. (CBS) — Police in a Bucks County community have put  out a warning out about potential scammers who claim to be with PECO.  Police say they may not be who they say they are, and it could cost you.  Teen In Custody Following Scam Involving Fake Traffic Tickets In Chester...  - KYW News Radio 1060

03-22-2017 Pa. governor expects gas windfall in billions
Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday that he is optimistic about a study that  forecasts $2.7 billion to $3.7 billion in investments in natural gas liquid  assets and an opportunity to attract more petrochemical manufacturing  plants to Southwestern Pennsylvania.  “Pennsylvania has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to develop and...  - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

03-22-2017 Southwestern Pennsylvania set to be major player in energy market, expert says
Already known for the Marcellus shale natural gas boom, Southwestern  Pennsylvania stands to become a crucial player in driving demand for more  natural gas in the next several years, an expert said Tuesday.  Jeff Quigley, director of energy markets at the Houston-based Stratas...  - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

03-22-2017 Pa. report lauds $3.7B potential of Marcellus liquids
Production of Marcellus Shale gas liquids such as ethane and propane could  fuel up to $3.7 billion in investments as well as attracting additional  petrochemical and plastics manufacturing to Pennsylvania, according to a  report released Tuesday by Gov. Wolf and the Team Pennsylvania Foundation....  - Philadelphia Inquirer

03-22-2017 Three Mile Island's near meltdown: 14 white-knuckle moments from 38 years ago
The partial meltdown of Three Mile Island’s Unit 2 nuclear reactor on  March 28, 1979, still stands as America’s most serious accident at a  commercial nuclear power plant. Thirty-eight years ago, the near-disaster  struck fear into the hearts of central Pennsylvanians, causing many...  - Harrisburg Patriot-News

03-22-2017 Electric utility worker robbed in Scranton
SCRANTON — A 25-year-old Bloomsburg man was robbed in Scranton on  Sunday as he updated service records for PPL Electric Utilities, city  police said.  Michael Ihley told officers a man approached him as he worked on the 300  block of North Washington Avenue at about 5:30 p.m., Lt. Glenn Thomas said....  - Scranton Times

03-22-2017 UGI Utilities Inc. to support Science Explorers program for young people in local schools
Reading, PA  Science Explorers, an educational program designed to generate interest in  scientific careers among young students in local schools, has been awarded  a grant from UGI Utilities Inc.  The company announced that it will provide $72,500 and employee volunteers...  - Reading Eagle

03-22-2017 Study: Four crackers could come to region along with $3.7 billion in other investments
An additional four ethane cracker plants could be built in the Marcellus  and Utica shale basins, and the time is now for state officials to devise a  strategy that could attract billions of dollars in anticipated investments  to Pennsylvania, a new study suggests....  - Beaver County Times

03-22-2017 FirstEnergy could owe millions in back wages to Bruce Mansfield union workers
SHIPPINGPORT -- FirstEnergy Corp. could soon be forced to pay millions of  dollars in back wages to about 230 union workers at the Bruce Mansfield  Power Plant, the union president said Tuesday.  Herman Marshman, president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical...  - Beaver County Times

03-22-2017 Making Solar Big Enough to Matter
But much more needs to be done. Ratcheting up solar to produce  approximately 1 percent of global electricity has required a lot of  technology and investment. Making solar big enough to matter  environmentally would be an even more colossal undertaking. It would...  - New York Times


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