02-16-2017
02-16-2017 Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania Participates in LIHEAP Action Day 2017
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02-16-2017 Waste disposal problems halt operations at FirstEnergy's Beaver County plant
FirstEnergy Corp.’s long-awaited plan to safely dispose of waste from  its Beaver County coal-fired power plant has hit a major snag just six  weeks after taking effect.  The Akron, Ohio-based energy company acknowledged it has indefinitely shut  down two of its three power generating units at Bruce Mansfield Power...  - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

02-16-2017 High-wire act: NJ power line among $1.5B in transmission upgrades
PJM Interconnection, the regional power grid operator, on Wednesday  authorized more than $1.5 billion in electric transmission projects in its  region encompassing 13 states and Washington, D.C.  The largest project, proposed by Public Service Electric & Gas in New...  - Philadelphia Inquirer

02-16-2017 Group calling for shutdown of Beaver Valley nuclear plant
SHIPPINGPORT -- An advocacy group opposed to nuclear energy is calling for  the shutdown of the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station amid fears of  potentially defective parts from a French company.  Beyond Nuclear, a suburban Washington, D.C., group “working for a world...  - Beaver County Times

02-16-2017 Energy: Panelists discuss future, impact of resources
Lycoming College educators from a number of academic disciplines took turns  considering the topic of energy during a panel discussion Wednesday.  Free of rancor and debate, the six panelists instead provided different  perspectives on the issue.  Dr. Michael Kurtz, assistant professor of economics, might have given the...  - Williamsport Sun-Gazette

02-16-2017 Our Opinion: Reversal of fortune
Between 2011 and last year, the United States lost enough  coal-fired electric generating capacity to serve about 47 million homes.  What has that meant to the millions of families who have lost access to  low-cost electricity generated with coal? Money. Monthly electric bills...  - Warren Times Observer

02-16-2017 Trump's travel order makes Pa. less competitive: Andrew G. Place
By Andrew G. Place  There have been wide-ranging conversations about the President's Executive  Order prohibiting entry or reentry to the United States of individuals from  certain countries for a period of ninety days - as well as a blanket  prohibition on refugee resettlement - and much remains uncertain and in...  - Harrisburg Patriot-News

02-16-2017 PECO: Keep foil balloons away from power lines
PECO Energy is warning people to keep Mylar balloons away from power lines,  because any contact between the two can cause outages.  PECO spokesman Ben Armstrong said untethered balloons cause thousands of  unnecessary electric service interruptions annually for PECO customers....  - Levittown Intelligencer

02-16-2017 PECO: Keep foil balloons away from power lines
PECO Energy is warning people to keep Mylar balloons away from power lines,  because any contact between the two can cause outages.  PECO spokesman Ben Armstrong said untethered balloons cause thousands of  unnecessary electric service interruptions annually for PECO customers....  - Levittown Bucks County Courier Times

02-15-2017 UGI Corporation Announces Energy Services Succession
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02-15-2017 Duquesne Light responds to two separate outages
Duquesne Light this evening is responding to two separate power outages in  Allegheny County affecting nearly 1,500 customers, officials said.  About 1,200 customers lost power throughout several North Hills  municipalities, namely the Shaler and Hampton areas, according to Duquesne...  - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

02-15-2017 DEP green-lights Mariner East 2 pipeline project
The state Department of Environmental Protection has issued environmental  permits for Sunoco Logistics’ Mariner East 2 pipeline that will let the  company begin construction on the cross-state project.  Following a process that covered more than 2 ˝ years, and included lengthy...  - Washington Observer-Reporter

02-15-2017 PUC to investigate UGI request for rate increase
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission voted in favor of an  investigation into UGI Penn Natural Gas’s proposal for a general rate  increase on Thursday.  The PUC voted 5-0 to investigate the request, filed on Jan. 19. If  approved, the rate increase could yield $21.7 million — a 10.4 percent...  - Lehighton Times News

02-14-2017 Grant from Delmarva Power and Exelon Launches Delaware State University's...
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02-14-2017 DEP Approves PA Pipeline Project/Mariner East 2 Permits
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02-14-2017 DEP grants permits for Mariner East 2 pipeline
Pennsylvania environmental regulators on Monday approved permits for a $2.5  billion natural gas liquids pipeline project traversing 17 counties across  the southern tier of the state.  The state Department of Environmental Protection granted Sunoco Logistics  Partners 20 water crossing and erosion permits for the Mariner East 2...  - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

02-14-2017 GOP legislator slams DEP strategy for limiting methane leaks
State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Cranberry, is accusing Pennsylvania  environmental regulators of showing a “blatant disregard for the  law” with their strategy for curbing methane emissions from oil and gas  facilities.  In a letter Friday to the acting secretary of the Department of...  - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

02-14-2017 DEP approves Sunoco's Mariner East 2 project
When Salem Township Supervisor Kerry Jobe learned of the Department of  Environmental's approval of the 306-mile Mariner East 2 pipeline Monday, he  was relieved.  “I'm surprised it hasn't happened yet. I thought it would be sooner. We  prepped the roads months and months ago,” he said. “We've been a...  - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

02-14-2017 Pa. approves key water permit for contentious PennEast pipeline
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on Monday approved  a critical water-quality permit for the $1 billion PennEast Pipeline  project, which would deliver Marcellus Shale natural gas from Northeast  Pennsylvania mostly to utilities in New Jersey....  - Philadelphia Inquirer

02-14-2017 Mariner East pipeline gets go-ahead from state
HARRISBURG -- The company planning to build a 306-mile pipeline to move  propane and other natural gas liquids across southern Pennsylvania says it  can begin construction...  - AP

02-14-2017 Pennsylvania DEP issues permits to PennEast
The state has issued permits designed to protect waterways during  construction projects to PennEast, a significant approval for the company's  proposal to build a 118-mile natural gas pipeline from Northeast  Pennsylvania to New Jersey.  Under the Federal Clean Water Act, each state must issue water...  - Allentown Morning Call

02-14-2017 Natural gas pipeline planned for Centre Hall, Potter Township
Editor’s note: This story is part of the CDT’s Business Matters  special section.  To help retain businesses in Centre County and attract new ones, the  SEDA-Council of Governments created a Natural Gas Cooperative in June to  help bring the alternative form of fuel to the area....  - State College Centre Daily Times

02-14-2017 Sunoco Logistics says permits clear way to build pipeline
HARRISBURG, Pa.  The company planning to build a 306-mile pipeline to move propane and other  natural gas liquids across southern Pennsylvania says it can begin  construction...  - AP

02-13-2017 Study Finds States Scrambling to Retain Baseload Power, Natural Gas...
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02-13-2017 Strong winds knock out power to more than 8,000
Powerful winds may have also damaged Hays eagle nest.  More than 8,000 are without power this morning after strong winds and  storms knocked down power lines Sunday night and early this morning.  That number is down from the peak of about 10,000 outages Sunday night...  - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

02-13-2017 Wind advisory, power outages greet region Monday morning
A National Weather Service-issued wind advisory remains in effect until 5  p.m. Monday, and many are waking up to a lack of power to start off their  workweek.  According to the PPL Electric outage map, many in the region are  experiencing outages.  Reports of trees down on wires, and across the roadway, have been sounding...  - Harrisburg Patriot-News

02-13-2017 Kelly's Korner: 'Smart' electric meters won't cause a shock
We often get inquiries from readers concerned about things impacting their  daily lives. Many of these inquiries involve some kind of change.  One such question came in last week from a reader who was concerned that  her electric utility's plan to install a so-called smart meter on her home...  - Reading Eagle

02-13-2017 Wicked winds leave some in Lehigh Valley, N.J. in the dark
There were numerous power outages as of 7 a.m. Monday, local utilities  reported.  A National Weather Service wind advisory was in place for gusts as high as  55 mph. The northern tier of Northampton County was the hardest hit area of  Met-Ed's local territory, with 311 customers out in Upper Mount Bethel...  - Easton Express-Times

02-13-2017 Ohio critics hope bats might slow down pipeline project
CLEVELAND – Opponents of a high-pressure natural gas pipeline expected  to be built across the northern half of Ohio are clinging to the wings of a  furry flier, the northern long-eared bat, in their efforts to at least  delay the $2 billion project...  - AP

02-13-2017 High winds blow across Pennsylvania, knocking out power
PITTSBURGH (AP) – High winds have blown across much of Pennsylvania  knocking out power to thousands...  - AP

02-13-2017 High winds hit York County, cause outages
A wind advisory will be in effect until 5 p.m., according to the U.S.  National Weather Service.(Photo: Accuweather.com)  High winds have caused a number of power outages in York, according to  Met-Ed. You can keep up with the outages across the county by checking...  - York Daily

02-13-2017 Wagner thinks DEP should give notice before inspections (column)
Mitchell Hescox, Phil Covert and David McCullough  It’s no secret that our Sen. Scott Wagner has never met a regulation he  likes, especially those from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental  Protection. During an in-person meeting in his York office, Sen. Wagner...  - York Daily

02-13-2017 Gas-fired power plant takes step
RENOVO — Plans are moving forward on construction of an $800 million,  natural gas fired electric power station here.  Renovo Council this week heard an update on the plans by Bechtel  Development Corp. and Renovo Energy Center (REC) LLC’s massive  investment.  Thomas D. Emero, director of Innovative Power Solutions, a consultant to...  - Williamsport Sun-Gazette

02-13-2017 Letter to the editor | Penelec rate hike is unconsciionable
Why were those on Social Security given a measly .3 percent increase but  Penelec was allowed to charge an extra 12.8 percent in its fees?  Like most people, my monthly Social Security check went down due to  increased Medicare premiums.  In the mail, I received a letter from Penelec stating that customers whose...  - Johnstown Tribune-Democrat

02-13-2017 Winds knock out power across area
Heavy winds left several areas without power, brought down trees, and  carried large objects through the air on Sunday night.  The Cleveland National Weather Service issued a wind advisory, beginning at  6:33 p.m., which will remain in effect until 4 a.m. The advisory warned of...  - Titusville Herald

02-13-2017 PECO kicks off annual inspection of utility poles
Philadelphia >> PECO has begun its annual inspection of utility poles  across Chester, Montgomery, Delaware and Bucks counties.  The inspections kicked off in early January, and are expected to continue  into the fall, according to PECO spokesman Greg Smore.  “The inspections include a visual examination of poles, taking samples...  - West Chester Daily Local News

02-13-2017 PPL Corp. announces reported $1.9 billion earnings for 2016
PPL Corp. announced reported earnings for 2016 are $1.9 billion, or $2.79  per share, compared with $682 million, or $1.01 per share, in 2015.  The company’s results for 2015 reflect a $921 million loss from  discontinued operations, or $1.36 per share, resulting primarily from the...  - Lehighton Times News

02-13-2017 UGI seeks rate hike for portion of market
LOCK HAVEN — The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission will  investigate a proposed general rate increase for UGI Penn Natural Gas Inc.  for its natural gas service.  The commission voted 5-0 on Thursday to investigate the request, which was  filed on Jan. 19, 2017, and would increase annual revenues by $21.7 million...  - Lock Haven Express

02-13-2017 Pa. PUC member alerts utilities for immigrant travel-ban fallout
A Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission member on Monday encouraged the  state’s utilities to “recognize and attend to” families that  may be adversely affected by new federal immigration policies, venturing  into a sensitive political area he said had caused some "angst" for other...  - Philadelphia Inquirer

02-10-2017 Our energy security depends on renewables, not coal
At the White House press conference on Wednesday, press secretary Sean  Spicer said clean coal is “one of the cleanest uses of technology that  we have.” This is flatly wrong. The fact is that the environmental  impact of solar and wind energy is far lower than the extraction and...  - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

02-10-2017 As Others See it: A carbon tax even Republicans can love
An editorial from Bloomberg View  Some Republicans have grown tired of fighting the rest of the world on  climate change.  As economists, religious and military leaders, ordinary Americans and even  oil companies have joined the push to lower greenhouse-gas emissions,...  - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

02-10-2017 Are 'smart' meters dangerous? Man wins round in fight with electric company
At least for now, a Philadelphia man has won a round in his fight with the  electric company.  It came this week when a Commonwealth Court panel ordered the Public  Utility Commission to give Antonio Romeo a chance to prove his claim that a  "smart" electric meter PECO wants to install at his home isn't safe....  - Harrisburg Patriot-News

02-10-2017 Gas part of environmental solution
BY DENA W. WIGGINS  The U.S. electric power sector is undergoing a transformation. While  greater use of wind and solar power are part of the story, along with new  ways to manage energy demand, the driver of this transformation is  affordable, clean-burning natural gas....  - Scranton Times

02-10-2017 PUC will investigate UGI PNG’s $21.7 million rate hike, delaying increase
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s decision Thursday to  investigate a $21.7 million base-rate increase sought by UGI Penn Natural  Gas Inc. will suspend the hike for up to seven months while it is under  review. The deadline for a decision is Oct. 20....  - Wilkes-Barre Times Leader

02-10-2017 How New York City Gets Its Electricity
When you turn on a light or charge your phone, the electricity coming from  the outlet may well have traveled hundreds of miles across the power grid  that blankets most of North America — the world’s largest machine,  and one of its most eccentric.  Your household power may have been generated by Niagara Falls, or by a...  - New York Times

02-10-2017 When Rules No Longer Apply
Republicans in Congress seem strangely eager to let coal companies pollute  streams without telling the public, to let oil and gas companies more  easily bribe foreign officials, and to let any company win federal  contracts no matter how badly it has violated labor laws....  - New York Times

02-10-2017 Wind Power Surpasses Hydroelectric in a Crucial Measure
The wind industry crossed an important threshold in the United States last  year, exceeding the generating capacity of hydroelectric power for the  first time, according to the main industry trade group, the American Wind  Energy Association.  The nation’s fleet of dams has long stood as the top renewable energy...  - New York Times


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