HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today announced four telephonic hearings in early June to gather public input on the rate increase proposed by Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) – for natural gas distribution services to approximately 500,000 residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in Philadelphia.
PGW Public Input Hearings
Telephonic public input hearings for PGW’s request are scheduled for the following dates and times:
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 – Hearings will begin at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 – Hearings will begin at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Administrative Law Judges Darlene Heep and Marta Guhl will preside over the hearings.
Signing Up for the Hearings
Individuals who wish to testify at the telephonic public input hearing must contact the Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate (OCA) before 3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 29, 2020, to provide their name, telephone number and the topic of their testimony. OCA can be reached toll free at 1-800-684-6560.
Members of the public who wish to listen to the public input hearing, but not offer any testimony, must also contact the OCA.
Any persons who have not contacted OCA by May 29 will not be able to participate in or listen to the public input hearings. On the day of the hearings, starting at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., consumers will testify in the order they signed up.
MEDIA NOTE: Media organizations and reporters interested in listening to the telephonic hearings should contact the PUC Office of Communications to make the necessary arrangements. Contact PUC Press Secretary Nils Hagen-Frederiksen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-418-2701.
The PGW Rate Increase Request
The PGW request, filed on Feb. 28, 2020, would increase its operating revenues by approximately $70 million per year (10.5%).
Under the proposal filed by PGW, the bill for a typical residential heating customer that uses 75 Mcf per year would increase from $99.52 per month to $110.68 per month (11.2%).
On April 16, 2020, the Commission voted unanimously to suspend the proposed rate increase request for up to seven months from the time the rates would otherwise have become effective, and to assign the case to the PUC’s Office of Administrative Law Judge for corresponding proceedings and the issuance of a recommended decision. A final decision by the Commission regarding the PGW request is due by November 28, 2020.
Offering Testimony at a Public Input Hearing
The PUC offers tips on how to participate in a public input hearing, including:
Prepare what you are going to say beforehand. Even though it is not required, you may want to write out your statement, which can be read.
Any formal testimony that is offered during the hearing will become part of the record on which the PUC will issue its final decision.
Understand that parties in the case may want to ask you a question to clarify something you said.
About the PUC
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Docket No.: R-2020-3017206