Electricity

The PUC has jurisdiction over 11 electric distribution companies which serve the majority of the Commonwealth. Rural electric cooperatives and most utilities owned and operated by cities, boroughs or townships are not regulated by the Commission. For information on these, contact the electric co-op, Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association, or your local municipality.

PPL Electric Public Input Hearings

PPL Electric Utilities’ proposed rate increase at Docket No. R-2015-2469275

The PUC has scheduled three public input hearings to accept public comment on PPL Electric Utilities’ proposal for an overall rate increase of $167.5 million. Members of the public are invited to comment for the public record. Two public input hearings will be "Smart Hearings," broadcast as a live streams on the PUC's website. 

The new Smart Hearings will enable residents throughout Pennsylvania to see and hear the testimony being offered. During the Smart Hearings, concerned individuals will be able to offer their comments by telephone, to be included in the live Internet stream, allowing those consumers to testify from the convenience of their homes or other locations, rather that requiring them to travel to a hearing site. In-person testimony at the Harrisburg hearing site will also be included, for those who prefer to comment in that manner.

A public input hearing is to gather the opinions and evidence of the ratepayers of PPL Electric regarding its request for a base rate increase.  Because PPL Electric's service territory covers all or parts of 29 counties, the public input hearings will be accessible by telephone, meaning that you can testify by telephone from anywhere in those 29 counties.   

Scheduled Hearing Dates and Testifying

Smart Hearings

The Smart Hearings are scheduled for: Tuesday, June 2, 2015 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM. The hearings will be live-streamed from: Commonwealth Keystone Building in Hearing Room 1, 400 North Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120. The administrative law judge (ALJ) conducting this case will be physically located in Hearing Room 1 with the lawyers for the parties in the case.  There will also be a Court Reporter who will transcribe everything that is said.  These two public input hearings will be live-streamed from the Commission's website so that you can watch the proceedings as well as testify by telephone. 

If you wish to participate, you may do so either by showing up in person and signing up to speak, or by telephone.  The ALJ will call you at the appointed time if you register with the Office of Consumer Advocate by May 26. 

To REGISTER:  717-783-5048 or 1-800-684-6560. 

If you have special needs, the Commission’s scheduling office may be able to make accommodations. Please call at least 5 business days prior to the hearing to submit your request, and at least 10 days prior to the hearing if you are requesting an interpreter.

PUC Scheduling Office: 717-787-1399

AT&T Relay Service is available for those who are hearing-impaired: 1-800-654-5988.

Allentown Hearing

A third hearing will be held on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 6:00 PM at Muhlenburg College, in Rooms 108-110 of Seegers Union, located at 2400 Chew Street, Allentown, PA 18104. Attendance during the in person hearing in Allentown requires no prior action.

Testimony

Whether you testify in person or by telephone, you may choose one of three ways to participate:      

  1. You may testify formally, under oath or affirmation and be subject to cross-examination;
  2. You may make an unsworn or unaffirmed statement.  It will be “off the record” and not subject to cross-examination.  The court reporter will not transcribe your statement and your statement will not be considered; or
  3. You may provide information to the Commission’s Bureau of Investigation & Enforcement, the Consumer Advocate or the Small Business Advocate for their possible use at the formal evidentiary hearings in Harrisburg at their discretion.

You are encouraged to testify under oath so that your testimony can be used to the extent it meets the rules of evidence.  If you do not want your testimony to be live streamed, you may testify after the live streaming equipment is turned off.  Please tell OCA of your preference when you call to sign up as a witness. 

 

Electricity Presentations

PA Electricity Generation Choice and Competition Act - Presentation given by Chairman Cawley to the Philadelphia Business Journal's 2010 Energy Summit on October 28, 2010.

Expiration of Rate Caps: The Numbers Tell the Story - Presentation given by Chairman Cawley to the National Energy Marketers Association at the Annual Fall Leadership Roundtable on October 19, 2010.

Act 129 Update - Presentation given by Chairman Cawley to the Association of Energy Engineers - Central Pennsylvania Chapter on January 21, 2010.

EDC Service Outage Response Reports

Winter Storm Nika Report - The February 2014 ice storm (Nika) had a significant impact on Pennsylvania and its electric distribution companies (EDCs).  The number and duration of Nika-related outages warranted a review of the EDCs’ preparation and response by the PUC’s Bureau of Technical Utility Services (TUS). This review is based on a combination of the utilities’ reports required by Commission regulations, telephonic and email conversations with the EDCs throughout the restoration period, and information from subsequent meetings and communications with EDCs and other stakeholders. This includes two after-action review meetings held by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and three public input sessions conducted by the PUC.

Hurricane Sandy Report  – The number and duration of Sandy-related outages warranted a review of the EDCs’ preparation and response by the PUC. The review is based on the utilities’ reports required by Commission regulations, telephonic and email conversations with the EDCs throughout the restoration period, and information from subsequent meetings and communications with EDCs and other stakeholders. Recommendations for further action by the Commission and EDCs are included.

Executive Summary - Pennsylvania’s electric distribution companies (EDCs) were affected by several strong storm systems of varying meteorological circumstances in 2011.  All jurisdictional EDCs except one had at least one PUC reportable outage event in 2011. Released August 7, 2012.

To address these concerns, the Commission staff was tasked with preparing the following three reports:

Hurricane Irene Report

Summary Report of EDCs’ Handling of High-Call Volumes and Analysis of Storm and Severe Weather Data

Summary Report of Outage Information Required by Nov. 11, 2011 Order at Docket No. I-2011-2271989
 

EPA Proposed Regulations Under Clean Air Act (CAA) Section 111(d)

On June 18, 2014, the EPA proposed new regulations governing greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants for the states. The EPA’s proposed CAA Section 111 (d) regulations represent a far-reaching first step in controlling GHG emissions on a national basis. The EPA’s framework is intended to maximize compliance flexibility by presenting the states with a range of options for achieving compliance. EPA’s proposed building block approach allows the states to choose the compliance mechanism that best suits existing and proposed generation mix, renewable/energy efficiency/DR programs and single or multi-state compliance options.

The PA Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) will be the responsible party to administer PA’s compliance program. The PUC will be involved in assisting PADEP in designing that compliance program to ensure there are no adverse impacts to the reliability of electric service.

On December 1, 2014, the Commission filed comments on the CAA 111(d) proposed regulations.
 

Orders and Secretarial Letters

PPL Northeast Pocono Transmission Line Project
Consolidated Case View - Review the case and all its documents at Docket No. A-2012-2340872. Transmission Line Fact Sheet

Delayed Billing Issues
Secretarial Letter with information for electric generation suppliers (EDSs) who have failed to timely submit customer billing data to electric distribution companies (EDCs). Docket No. M-00021604.  Dated April 3, 2002.