Who We Are
The Voice of Pennsylvania’s Electric & Natural Gas Utilities
With roots dating back to 1908, the Energy Association of Pennsylvania is well-established as the voice of Pennsylvania’s electric and natural gas utilities. The Association is an advocate for its members on policy issues before the General Assembly, the Public Utility Commission, and various other state governmental agencies.
EAP staff regularly participates in industry and government forums testifies before key legislative committees and coordinates industry-wide positions in complex regulatory proceedings. The Association is often sought out by the media for credible information and perspectives on current industry issues.
Serving its Members
In addition to its advocacy role, EAP helps its members better serve their customers by acting as a clearinghouse for information on best practices within the industries. The Association also serves an educational function by sponsoring conferences emphasizing safety topics on electric and natural gas operations and consumer service issues that are attended by employees of member companies, out-of-state utilities, and government agencies.
EAP’s Standing Committees, comprised of Member employees, are established by the Board of Directors to advance EAP’s strategic goals and priorities as well as to enhance utility operations.
Identify and promote best practices as related to accident prevention, including safe working methods, resuscitation and fire protection. Maintain liaison with U.S. officials administering the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Administer annual safety award program.
Monitor, study, identify and exchange best practices related to all aspects of current and emerging utility consumer services and collections activities provided by member companies including, but not limited to, initiatives involving residential, commercial & industrial customer billing standards and regulations; landlord tenant regulations; PUC complaint processes; CAP programs; Universal Service Programs; LIURP and weatherization; and, LIHEAP. Maintain liaison with state governmental agencies and advisory boards with responsibilities for advising, administering and/or overseeing utility customer programs.
Study and evaluate state and selected local environmental legislation and rulemaking, with review of federal environmental legislation as necessary and as directed by industry boards. Advise management, other committees, and member companies of such effect and concerns. Communicate with government agencies on the effects of environmental policies and regulation on member companies. Develop positions and proposals for action to serve the needs of the Association and its members. Attempt to insure consistent and equitable administration of environmental regulation of electric and gas utilities.
Gas Public Affairs
Advise the Gas Association Board on relevant political, economic and social issues of concern to the Energy Association of Pennsylvania, its natural gas utility member companies and their customers. Study, discuss, recommend and, with Gas Association Board guidance, implement appropriate action in the area of governmental affairs.
Gas Regulatory Matters
Advise the Gas Association Board and other committees on the PA PUC, FERC and other municipal, state and federal agencies in all matters related to laws, rules and regulations, principles and practices pertaining to the natural gas industry in PA; and, with guidance from the Board, take action in regulatory areas as appropriate.
Gas Transmission & Distribution
Consider matters relating to design, construction, operation and maintenance of gas transmission and distribution facilities, including state and federal standards and regulations. Maintain liaison with state government agencies for the consideration of problems of mutual concern. Disseminate information for the instruction of gas industry personnel.
Advise the Electric Association Board on relevant political, economic and social issues of concern to the Energy Association of Pennsylvania, its electric utility member companies and their customers. Study, discuss, recommend and, with Electric Association Board guidance, implement appropriate action in the area of governmental affairs.
Address electric state regulatory issues and the coordination of company activities on generic issues. Coordinate, with appropriate industry approval, the development of comments on issues related to laws, regulations, policy statements, regulatory actions and practices.
Electrical Equipment and Protection
Consider the design, development, application, characteristics, operation, maintenance, and testing of primary protection and control equipment for generation, transmission and distribution of electrical energy.
Electric Transmission & Distribution
Identify and implement industry best practices related to the design, characteristics, disposition, use or operation and maintenance of overhead and underground transmission & distribution lines and associated equipment.
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Terrance J. Fitzpatrick
President & CEO
Email: [email protected]
As President, Terrance represents the interests of electric and natural gas utilities in the Commonwealth. From 1999 to 2007, he was a Commissioner of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, serving as Chairman from 2003 to 2004. From 1995 to 1997, he served as Counsel to the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee in the Senate of Pennsylvania and helped to draft Pennsylvania’s electricity competition law. During his career, he has also served as an administrative law judge with the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board and as legal counsel with the PUC, with the Insurance Department, with two private law firms, and with the Electric Power Generation Association. He has authored articles on administrative law and energy topics, and a white paper on improving infrastructure in Pennsylvania.
Donna M.J. Clark
Vice President & General Counsel
Email: [email protected]ypa.org
As General Counsel, Ms. Clark oversees the development of regulatory and legislative policy positions impacting both the natural gas and electric utility industries and advocates on behalf of the Association and its members before state agencies including the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Public Welfare and the Department of Community and Economic Development.
Prior to joining the Energy Association in May of 2005, Ms. Clark was a partner at the Harrisburg law firm of Rhoads & Sinon LLP and gained experience in the utility/energy field from a variety of projects including the liquidation of the assets of a major anthracite coal mining company which involved the sale of coal, culm and silt to cogeneration facilities and the environmental remediation of mining property as well as the sale of a water utility previously owned by a company which mined zinc ore. Ms. Clark began her legal career in 1983 as a law clerk to the Honorable Genevieve Blatt, Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. She received her B.A. in History and English from Allegheny College and her J. D. from The Dickinson School of Law.