05-25-2017
05-25-2017 Report affirms PPL Corporation's commitment to sustainability
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05-25-2017 Natural gas demand expected to increase by 40 percent over next decade
The demand for natural gas is expected to increase by 40 percent over the  next decade and even more in Pennsylvania, said Carl Marrara, vice  president of government affairs for the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’  Association.  He said improved infrastructure is needed to move Marcellus Shale gas to...  - Wilkes-Barre Citizens' Voice

05-25-2017 Natural gas industry touted at ‘Think About Energy’ event
The natural gas industry has the potential to restore the state’s  manufacturing sector, an official with the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’  Association said at an energy briefing at Misericordia University on  Wednesday.  “Pennsylvania’s natural gas, manufacturing and petrol chemical...  - Wilkes-Barre Times Leader

05-25-2017 Three Mile Island closure looms after third failed bid
For the third year in a row, Three Mile Island failed to secure a crucial  contract to sell its electricity, increasing the possibility that the plant  will soon close.  The plant is allowed to remain open through 2034. However, Exelon will  decide by September whether to close the plant ahead of schedule, said...  - York Daily

05-25-2017 Here's how PPL customers can save 7 percent off electric bills, now
Most PPL Electric customers face a 14 percent rate increase starting June  1. But there's a way around the hike, if customers act quickly and get in  the program.  Specifically, the "Standard Offer" program makes available a reduced rate  to residential and small business customers who have not shopped for...  - Allentown Morning Call

05-24-2017 Worker killed after elevated bucket strikes power lines in Oakland
A man washing windows at an Oakland apartment building was electrocuted  Tuesday after the cherry picker he was working in came into contact with a  high-tension power line.  Authorities said Matthew Blackburn, 46, of Jefferson Hills died after his  bucket touched the wires at 540 N. Neville St. Immediately after the...  - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

05-24-2017 Trump Budget Proposes Deep Cuts in Energy Innovation Programs
The budget would significantly scale back public financing for federal  energy research. The Energy Department focuses on the next generation of  energy technologies — from advanced nuclear reactors to algae biofuels  — conducting basic research in its network of 17 national laboratories,...  - New York Times

05-24-2017 Bill in Ohio House would permanently subsidize 2 coal-fired power plants
A new proposal in the Ohio House would provide a perpetual subsidy for two  coal-fired power plants owned jointly by American Electric Power and just  about every other major electricity utility in the state.  HB239 calls for the owners of Ohio Valley Electric Corp. to...  - Columbus Dispatch

05-24-2017 Three Mile Island nuclear plant again fails key power auction, no announcement about closing
For a third straight year, the Three Mile Island nuclear plant has been  shut out of a key auction to sell its power, intensifying the chances that  the country’s most famous nuke will close prematurely.  TMI owner Exelon issued a statement Wednesday morning acknowledging that...  - Lancaster Intelligencer Journal

05-23-2017 Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) Natural Gas Production Report - 1st Quarter...
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05-23-2017 The fate of Three Mile Island could be decided this week: Here's how
LONDONDERRY TOWNSHIP -- The fate of Three Mile Island could be decided this  week as the iconic nuclear power plant competes for a share of the region's  electric market.  Nuclear power has flagged nationwide amid stagnating electric consumption  and a glut of cheap natural gas from the Pennsylvania's shale region....  - Harrisburg Patriot-News

05-23-2017 Reading councilman says UGI lawsuit protects more than Centre Park area
Reading, PA  Members of City Council took turns blasting a Reading Eagle story in which  Mayor Wally Scott claimed the city has spent about $150,000 in legal fees  on behalf of the Centre Park Historic District.  Councilman John Slifko, who represents the historic district, said the...  - Reading Eagle

05-23-2017 UGI’s $100,000 gift helps students learn how to repair heating and cooling equipment
UGI Utilities said Monday it has completed a four-year, $100,000 donation  to the Lancaster County Career and Technology Center’s LCCT Foundation.  The foundation used the gift to buy heating and cooling equipment for  teaching purposes at the Brownstown campus....  - Lancaster Intelligencer Journal

05-22-2017 Gas numbers in opposite directions
Natural gas production in Pennsylvania amounted to a record 5.1 trillion  cubic feet in 2016, keeping the commonwealth second only to Texas as a gas  producer.  The industry achieved the record even though the number of new wells in  2016 declined for the third consecutive year, according to state data. The...  - Scranton Times

05-22-2017 The dangers of nuclear power
Whether Three Mile Island continues to operate or close, will Pennsylvania  taxpayers be asked to bail out its owner? In 2016, Exelon spent nearly  $500,000 on lobbying costs, while their political action committee spent  over $1 million. Funds were spent to influence Pennsylvania lawmakers, who...  - Lancaster Intelligencer Journal

05-22-2017 Restoring reason to environment and energy policies
It is going to take time — years, in all probability — to undo the  enormous amount of damage President Barack Obama did to the economy. Some  of it is irreparable.  At least President Donald Trump and his new Environmental Protection Agency  head, Scott Pruitt, are wasting no time in restoring reason to energy and...  - Williamsport Sun-Gazette

05-22-2017 PA Energy Association announces the 2017 Safety Award winners
HARRISBURG — The Energy Association of Pennsylvania has officially  recognized nine companies for outstanding safety performance. Safety is of  paramount importance to the Energy Association and its member companies.  “We congratulate our members for their continuing commitment to improve...  - Towanda Daily Review

05-21-2017 Pennsylvania electric utilities develop policies for charging cars
Pennsylvania regulators are no strangers to what happens when new  technology meets old regulations.  Uber, anyone?  This time, it’s electric vehicle charging stations, an emerging  industry trying to find its footing and an economic model in Pennsylvania.  In an effort to encourage the growth of the industry, at least one utility...  - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

05-21-2017 A conservative answer on climate change
The challenge of climate change and the principles of conservatism are not  mutually exclusive. In fact, a growing community of conservatives —  from emerging young leaders to elder statesmen— has developed a  solution for climate change, and it is based in free-enterprise...  - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

05-21-2017 Compressed natural gas poised to become more readily available
PITTSTON TWP. — The fueling station that Ross Finlan helped bring to  Pittston Twp. is the only place the public can buy compressed natural gas,  or CNG, for their vehicles in Luzerne County.  That will change when the Luzerne County Transportation Authority offers...  - Wilkes-Barre Citizens' Voice

05-19-2017 Pa. launches review of electric-vehicle charging policies
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Thursday launched a review of  its policy related to third-party electric vehicle charging stations,  saying the lack of consistent rules governing the way fees can be assessed  may inhibit the build-out of EV infrastructure....  - Philadelphia Inquirer

05-19-2017 What happens to Beaver Valley if Ohio subsidizes nuclear power?
As FirstEnergy Corp.’s chances for getting Ohio residents to subsidize  its nuclear plants seem dimmer in recent days, the future of the Beaver  Valley nuclear power station is murkier still.  The Beaver County power plant, which employs about 800 people, is a few...  - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

05-19-2017 PPL shareholders want climate change report
PPL Corp. shareholders on Wednesday became what’s believed to be the  first group of electric utility investors in the nation to successfully  urge management to publish a report explaining how new climate change  policies will affect the company’s bottom line....  - Wilkes-Barre Citizens' Voice

05-19-2017 Reading meters agreement with UGI in dispute
The city has spent about $150,000 on a legal battle to block UGI Utilities  Inc. from installing gas meters outside of homes in the Centre Park  Historic District. The expenditure has at least one city official hot under  the collar.  "We've spent that amount of money on Centre Park when UGI has been...  - Reading Eagle

05-19-2017 Upper Makefield reaching out to property owners left with logs near roads after PECO trimming
Upper Makefield officials are working to soothe some residents' concerns  that logs left along roadside banks after a tree trimming could roll down  and create problems for drivers.  Township officials have spoken to PECO and state Department of  Transportation representatives who have said they're "comfortable" that the...  - Levittown Bucks County Courier Times

05-19-2017 UGI to raise gas rates
UGI Penn Natural Gas customers will face heating bill increases beginning  June 1.  “Wholesale natural gas prices have been subject to upward price  pressure over the past six months, and this adjustment reflects those  higher costs,” Paul Szykman, UGI’s chief regulatory officer, said....  - Williamsport Sun-Gazette

05-19-2017 PPL exhibit demonstrates dangers of electricity
The Aquashicola Volunteer Fire Department hosted more than 180 firefighters  and emergency personnel from Walnutport to Weatherly Monday night for a  demonstration on the dangers of electricity.  Doug Haupt, a damage prevention specialist with PPL Electric Utilities,...  - Lehighton Times News


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