About a month ago, we wrote of a public hearing about PGW's proposed rate hikes Since then... the Environmental Stakeholders (Earthjustice for Sierra Club and Clean Air Council) submitted testimony by expert witness Dr Ezra Hausman. PGW filed a motion to exclude Dr. Hausman's testimony on the grounds that climate change is outside the jurisdiction … Continue reading Climate change, stranded assets, electrification – What’s a gas utility to do?
Over 70% of residential customers in Southeast PA — that’s PECO service territory — have remained with PECO as their default electricity service provider. Public officials, the Public, and even a retired Judge offered testimony, along with expert witnesses. Some said... It’s hard to think as small as PECO is thinking; Limiting solar to 0.5% for the next 5 years is totally out of step. It is economically irresponsible; 50% of residential customers in PECO territory committed to 100% renewable energy; Follow the City of Philadelphia’s example with long term commitments” to renewable energy, such as the development of solar farms; We cannot look at staged progression any longer. We need to move forward with everything now; City of Los Angeles has more rooftop solar than the entire state of PA; We’re demanding energy service for the bulk of your customers, we’re here not to talk about individual solutions to climate change; PECO is out of step, PECO is failing us; If PECO cannot interpret customer demands, we need to ask the PUC to help them see the light; We need local solar way beyond half a percent and decisively toward 100% renewable energy; PECO would be able to promote grid electricity rather than distributed generation; it’s the smartest thing a utility can do for their own success; The AEPS mandate is merely the minimum amount of renewable generation. PECO is free to exceed that standard while we wait for the state mandates to catch up; What are we waiting for?
Our city owned gas utility, PGW, says they need $70M and propose to increase our base rates. Their proposal is being assessed by the Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate (OCA) to see how it represents interests of ratepayers. The OCA will eventually present their findings to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PA-PUC) for a decision … Continue reading Public speaks out against proposed gas rate hike
PGW wants to increase customer rates by $70 million per year. They say the average household’s gas bill would go up by 11.2%, but the actual increase could be much higher. Their proposal would increase the fixed monthly charge from $13.75 to $19.25, a 40% increase, and that's without using any gas! Gas bills are already too high for lower- … Continue reading PGW Wants to Raise Your Gas Bill During a Pandemic