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2024

House Consumer Protection, Technology & Utilities Committee - March 5, 2024

Chairman Stephen M. DeFrank testified before the PA House Consumer Protection, Technology and Utilities Committee regarding House Bill 491 regarding EDC's Energy Efficiency & Conservation plans on March 5, 2024.

Senate Democratic Policy Committee - January 22, 2024

Chairman Stephen M. DeFrank testified before the Senate Democratic Policy Committee on January 22, 2024, regarding utility acquisitions under Section 1329 of the Public Utility Code.

House Consumer Protection, Technology & Utilities Committee - January 17, 2024

Chairman Stephen M. DeFrank testified before the PA House Consumer Protection, Technology and Utilities Committee regarding the reauthorization of Chapter 14 of the Public Utility Code on January  17, 2024.

2023

House Consumer Protection, Technology & Utilities Committee - December 12, 2023

Chairman Stephen M. DeFrank testified before the PA House Consumer Protection, Technology and Utilities Committee regarding water and wastewater utility acquisitions under Section 1329 of the Public Utility Code on December 12, 2023.

PA Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee and the Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee - November 2, 2023

Chairman Stephen M. DeFrank testified before the PA Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee, the PA Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee, the Ohio Senate Energy & Public Utilities Committee and Members of the Ohio General Assembly regarding electric grid reliability on November 2, 2023, in Pittsburgh.

PA Senate Democratic Policy Committee - December 4, 2023

Testimony presented by the PUC regarding the proposed development of hydrogen infrastructure in Pennsylvania on December 4, 2023.

PA Senate Democratic Policy Committee - October 25, 2023

Testimony presented by the Public Utility Commission regarding the funding and investment in Pennsylvania's water, wastewater and stormwater systems on October 25, 2023.

Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee - October 3, 2023

Chairman Stephen M. DeFrank testified before the Committee on October 3, 2023, regarding the reauthorization of Chapter 14, commonly referred to as the Responsible Utility Customer Protection Act.

Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee - September 12, 2023

Chairman Stephen M. DeFrank submitted written testimony on September 12, 2023, regarding House Bill 1578 and electric and natural gas suppliers bond requirements and sales and marketing regulations.

Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee - June 20, 2023

Chairman Gladys Brown Dutrieuille and Vice Chairman Stephen M. DeFrank testified on June 20 2023, regarding the current state of the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act (AEPS or Act)1 with a targeted focus on its solar provisions, new solar proposals being considered by lawmakers, and recent case precedent regarding net metering in the Commonwealth.

House Consumer Protection, Technology & Utilities Committee - June 13, 2023

Chairman Gladys Brown Dutrieuille, Vice Chairman Stephen M. DeFrank, Commissioners Ralph V. Yanora, Katie Zerfuss and John F. Coleman, Jr. testified on June 13, 2023, regarding the ratemaking process, rail safety, water/sewer acquisitions and rates, cybersecurity, consumer education and other critical utility issues.

Senate Democratic Policy Committee - May 19, 2023

Vice Chairman Stephen M. DeFrank testified on May 19, 2023, along with Rodney Bender, PE, Manager of Transportation Division, regarding rail safety in Pennsylvania.

Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee - May 1, 2023

Chairman Gladys Brown Dutrieuille testified on May 1, 2023, regarding strengthening key consumer safeguards as legislators consider amending Chapter 14 - which sunsets in December 2024.

House Appropriations Committee - April 14, 2023

Chairman Gladys Brown Dutrieuille, Vice Chairman Stephen M. DeFrank, Commissioner Ralph V. Yanora, Commissioner Kathryn L. Zerfuss and Commissioner John F. Coleman, Jr. testified before the Pennsylvania House Appropriations Committee regarding the Commission's Budget on April 14, 2023.

Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee and the Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee - February 27, 2023

Chairman Gladys Brown Dutrieuille testified on the overall electric grid reliability before the Senate's Environmental Resources & Energy Committee and the Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee on February 27, 2023.

2022

House Environmental Resources & Energy Committee - August 30, 2022

Chairman Gladys Brown Dutrieuille testified at an informational meeting on electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attacks and electric grid and security on August 30, 2022.

2021

Legislative Workshop - September 2, 2021

Chairman Gladys M. Brown held a Legislative Workshop entitled Legislative Cybersecurity Update & Workshop on September 2, 2021 for the House and Senate legislative staff.

Senate Communications & Technology Committee - May 10, 2021

Chairman Gladys Brown Dutrieuille testified on Broadband and the proposed 5G Wireless Legislation on May 10, 2021.

House Consumer Affairs Committee - March 16, 2021

Chairman Gladys Brown Dutrieuille testified on Pennsylvania's Competitive Retail Marketplace on March 16, 2021.

Legislative Workshop - March 3, 2021

Chairman Gladys Brown Dutrieuille held a Legislative Workshop on Examining the Role of Critical Infrastructure/Cybersecurity on March 3, 2021 for the House and Senate legislative staff.

2020

House Democratic Policy Committee - October 26, 2020

Chairman Gladys Brown Dutrieuille testified on Service Terminations on October 26, 2020.

House Democratic Policy Committee - October 6, 2020

Chairman Gladys Brown Dutrieuille testified on Broadband Service on October 6, 2020.

Senate Democratic Policy Committee - September 29, 2020

Chairman Gladys Brown Dutrieuille testified on Electric Reliability on September 29, 2020.

House Commerce Committee - September 22, 2020

Chairman Gladys Brown Dutrieuille testified on September 22, 2020 in regards to how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the Commission, utilities and consumers.

House Democratic Policy Committee - September 3, 2020

Chairman Gladys Brown Dutrieuille testified on House Bill 2275 on September 3, 2020.

Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee - June 23, 2020

Chairman Gladys Brown Dutrieuille testified on the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) on June 23, 2020.

Joint Legislative Conservation Committee - February 3, 2020

Chairman Gladys Brown Dutrieuille testified on the Commonwealth's cogeneration industry on February 3, 2020.

Joint Senate & House Democratic Committee - January 9, 2020

Chairman Gladys Brown Dutrieuille testified on January 9, 2020, on the net neutrality and Broadband Internet Access Service (BIAS).

2019

Senate Communications and Technology Committee - September 5, 2019

Commissioner Andrew G. Place testified on September 5, 2019, on the issues of broadband access and availability.

Senate Communications and Technology Committee - September 3, 2019

On September 3, 2019, Chairman Gladys Brown Dutrieuille testified on the interplay of broadband and telehealth in rural areas.

House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee - August 21, 2019

On Wednesday, August 21, 2019, Executive Director Seth Mendelsohn testified on House Bill 1568 and the proposed legislation regarding pipelines.

Senate Technology Committee - August 7, 2019

Commissioner Norman J. Kennard presented testimony on issues related to accelerated broadband deployment during a hearing on August 7, 2019.

Senate Democratic Policy Committee - June 6, 2019

Vice Chairman David W. Sweet presented testimony on the PUC's experiences with Transportation Network Companies (TNC) service in Pennsylvania on June 6, 2019.

House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee - May 30, 2019

Chairman Gladys Brown Dutrieuille presented testimony on pipeline safety on May 30, 2019.

House Consumer Affairs Committee - May 6, 2019

Chairman Gladys Brown Dutrieuille presented testimony on House Bill 11 on May 6, 2019.

Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee and the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee - May 1, 2019

Chairman Gladys Brown Dutrieuille testified on May 1, 2019, regarding the Commonwealth's Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act of 2004.

Senate Appropriations Committee - February 19, 2019

Chairman Gladys Brown, Vice Chairman David Sweet, Commissioner Norman Kennard, Commissioner Andrew Place and Commissioner John Coleman testified on February, 19, 2019, regarding the Commission's budget.

House Consumer Affairs Committee - February 19, 2019

Chairman Gladys Brown, Vice Chairman David Sweet, Commissioner Norman Kennard, Commissioner Andrew Place and Commissioner John Coleman testified on February, 19, 2019, giving an overview of the Public Utility Commission.

2018

House Broadband Caucus - September 25, 2018

Vice Chairman Andrew G. Place, Commissioner Norman J. Kennard and PUC Staff Joseph Witmer and David Screven testified on September 25, 2018 regarding rural broadband in Pennsylvania.

Federal and State Republican Delegation Hearing - August 29, 2018

Commissioner Norman J. Kennard testified on August 29, 2018, regarding the impact of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on the customer rates charged by Commission-regulated electric, natural gas, water, and wastewater public utilities in Pennsylvania.

Legislative Workshop - August 14, 2018

Chairman Gladys M. Brown held a Legislative Workshop Grid Modernization & Cyber Security on August 14, 2018 for the House and Senate legislative staff.

House Republican Policy Committee - August 9, 2018

Vice Chairman Andrew G. Place testified on August 9, 2018, before the House Republican Policy Committee regarding electric reliability and resilience efforts involving PUC-regulated electric distribution companies in Pennsylvania

House Republican Policy Committee - July 17, 2018

Vice Chairman Andrew G. Place testified before the House Republican Policy Committee regarding pipeline safety on July 17, 2018.

House Consumer Affairs Committee - June 18, 2018

Chairman Brown testified before the House Consumer Affairs Committee concerning Pennsylvania's retail energy marketplace and the PUC's oversight of competitive retail electric and natural gas supplier marketing practices on June 18, 2018.

House Consumer Affairs Committee - June 7, 2018

On June 7, 2018, PUC Chairman Gladys. M. Brown testified before the House Consumer Affairs Committee concerning Act 164 of 2016 and the Commission’s experiences with Transportation Network Service (TNC) – also known as ride-hailing services.

House Consumer Affairs Committee - May 23, 2018

Commissioner David W. Sweet testified before the Pennsylvania House Consumer Affairs Committee on May 23, 2018, regarding House Bill N. 2075, which amends Title 66.

Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee - March 27, 2018

Chairman Gladys M. Brown testified before the Pennsylvania Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee on March 27, 2018, regarding her nomination by Gov. Tom wolf to serve another term as a PUC Commissioner.

Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee and Environmental Resources & Energy Committee - March 20, 2018

Chairman Gladys Brown testified on March 20, 2018, before a joint hearing of the Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee and Environmental Resources & Energy Committee, regarding PUC pipeline safety activities.

2017

House Consumer Affairs Committee - November 20 , 2017

Vice Chairman Andrew G. Place testified before the Pennsylvania House Consumer Affairs Committee on Nov. 20, 2017, regarding House Bill 1782. This bill would allow flexibility in reviewing and approving alternative ratemaking and rate designs for natural gas and electric distribution companies.

House Transportation Committee - November 13, 2017

Chairman Gladys M. Brown testified before the Pennsylvania House Transportation Committee on Nov. 13, 2017, regarding House Bill 1146. This Bill requires the Governor to determine a statewide goal to increase electric vehicle (EV) adoption and identify opportunities for the increased utilization of natural gas vehicles (NGVs). 

House Consumer Affairs Committee - September 25, 2017

Chairman Gladys M. Brown testified before the Pennsylvania House Consumer Affairs Committee on Sept. 25, 2017, regarding House Bill 798, which would bring municipal corporations owning or operating water or wastewater facilities used to provide service to the public for compensation under the Commission’s jurisdiction.

Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee - June 28, 2017

Commissioner John F. Coleman Jr. testified before the Pennsylvania Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee on June 28, 2017, regarding his nomination by Gov. Tom wolf to serve another term as a PUC Commissioner.

House Veteran's Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee - June 19, 2017

Chairman Gladys Brown offered testimony to the House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee on June 19, 2017, during an informational hearing on a legislative proposal to promote pilot projects for utility-owned microgrid systems. 

House Consumer Affairs Committee - June 5, 2017

Commissioner John Coleman testified before the House Consumer Affairs Committee on June 5, 2017, in support of pending legislation that would enhance Pennsylvania’s Underground Utility Line Protection Law, more commonly known as the PA One Call Law.

House Democratic Policy Committee - May 22, 2017

Chairman Gladys Brown testified before a hearing of the House Democratic Policy Committee on May 22, 2017, regarding the PUC’s collection and distribution of more than $1 billion in Impact Fees related to unconventional gas drilling, under Act 13 of 2012.

House Consumer Affairs Committee - April 26, 2017

Chairman Gladys Brown testified before the House Consumer Affairs Committee on April 26, 2017, on House Bill 107, which would authorize a Natural Gas Distribution Company, with PUC approval, to implement a distribution system extension charge on customer bills in order to recover the costs of extending service to unserved and underserved areas.

House Consumer Affairs Committee - April 18, 2017

On April 18, 2017, Chairman Gladys Brown, joined by Vice Chairman Andrew Place and Commissioners John Coleman, Robert Powelson and David Sweet, testified before an informational hearing of the Pennsylvania House Consumer Affairs Committee, to detail the PUC’s activities and legislative priorities.

House Appropriations Committee - March 1, 2017

Chairman Gladys Brown testified before the Committee on the PUC's 2017-18 budget request, on March 1, 2017.

2016

Senate & House Veteran's Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committees - November 16, 2015

On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, Vice Chairman Andrew G. Place testified before the joint Senate & House Veteran's Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committees on pipeline safety.

House Consumer Affairs Committee - August 17, 2016

Vice Chairman Andrew G. Place testified before the House Consumer Affairs Committee's Informational Meeting on Broadband Internet Services on August 17, 2016 at Waynesburg University.

Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee - June 15, 2016

Commissioner David W. Sweet testified before the Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee on June 15, 2016 regarding his nomination as PUC Commissioner.

Senate State Government Committee - June 14, 2016

Chairman Gladys M. Brown testified before the Pennsylvania State State Government Committee on June 14, 2016 regarding Senate Bill 413, creating a pool of Administrative Law Judges for all Commonwealth agencies.

House Appropriations Committee - February 24, 2016

Chairman Gladys Brown testified before the Committee on the PUC's 2016-17 budget request, on February 24, 2016.

Senate Transportation Committee - February 2, 2016

Chairman Gladys Brown testified before the Senate Transportation Committee on February 2, 2016 regarding the delay and delivery of transportation projects.

2015

Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee - September 30, 2015

Commissioner Andrew Place testified before the Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee on September 30, 2015 regarding his nomination as PUC Commissioner.

House Consumer Affairs Committee - September 1, 2015

On September 1, 2015, Chairman Gladys M. Brown testified before the Committee regarding Act 129, which requires electric distribution companies to meet certain energy-efficiency and conservation requirements. 

House Consumer Affairs Committee - August 24, 2015

Chairman Gladys M. Brown testified before the Committee on August 24, 2015, regarding House Bill 1417, regarding Pennsylvania's state Universal Service Fund.

Senate Transportation Committee & Environmental Resources and Energy Committee - June 9, 2015

On June 9, 2015, Chairman Gladys M. Brown gave testimony on Rail Safety to the two Senate Committees.

House Consumer Affairs Committee - June 11, 2015

Chairman Gladys M. Brown testified before the Committee on June 11, 2015, regarding House Bill 1065, on Transportation Network Companies (TNCs).

Senate Appropriations Committee - March 23, 2015

Chairman Robert F. Powelson testified before the Committee on the PUC's 2015-16 budget request, on March 23, 2015.

House Appropriations Committee - March 11, 2015

On March 11, 2015, Chairman Robert F. Powelson testified before the Committee on the PUC's 2015-16 budget request.

House Democratic Policy Committee - March 2, 2015

Commissioner James H. Cawley gave testimony on the Hearing on Achieving Carbon Neutrality - Reducing Energy Demand, on March 2, 2015.

House Consumer Affairs Committee - February 10, 2015

Testimony given by Chairman Robert F. Powelson before the PA House of Representative's Consumer Affairs Committee on February 10, 2015.

2014

House Insurance Committee - June 23, 2014

Written testimony June Perry, Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs submitted to the Committee for the June 23, 2014 public hearing on examining insurance coverage for consumers when using experimental service for transportation.

Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee - April 29, 2014

Chairman Robert F. Powelson testified with an update on the variable rate issue in the retail electricity market on April 29, 2014.

Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee - April 1, 2024

Chairman Robert F. Powelson testified on April 1, 2014, regarding the recent impacts of variable rates in the retail electricity market.

House Consumer Affairs Committee - April 10, 2014

Commissioner Pamela Witmer testified on variable rates in the retail electricity market on April 10, 2014.

House Consumer Affairs Committee - March 20, 2014

Chairman Robert F. Powelson testified on variable rates in the retail electricity market on March 20, 2014.

Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee - March 18, 2014

On March 18, 2014, Chairman Robert F. Powelson testified for his nomination to serve a second five-year term.

Senate Appropriations Committee - February 27, 2014

Chairman Robert F. Powelson testified before the Committee on the PUC's 2014-15 budget request, on February 27, 2014.

House Consumer Affairs Committee - February 25, 2014

Commissioner James H. Cawley testified before the Committee on February 25, 2014 about the costs and benefits associated with the overall and peak load reductions required by Act 129. 

House Appropriations Committee - February 19, 2014

On February 19, 2014, Chairman Robert F. Powelson testified before the Committee on the PUC's 2014-15 budget request.

House Democratic Policy Committee - January 23, 2014

Commissioner Gladys M. Brown testified before the Committee on the PUC's mission to educate consumers on electric competition and choosing an electric supplier. The testimony took place on January 23, 2014.

2013

House Consumer Affairs Committee - November 21, 2013

Chairman Robert F. Powelson and Commissioner James Cawley testified before the Committee on November 21, 2013 regarding HB 1608 - the Telecommunications Market Competition Act.

House Consumer Affairs Committee - October 3, 2013

Commissioner Pamela Witmer's testimony regarding the FirstEnergy Power Plant Closures. She testified on October 3, 2013.

Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee - September 24, 2013

Commissioner Gladys M. Brown testified before the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee concerning her nomination to be a PUC Commissioner on September 24, 2013.

House Consumer Affairs Committee - September 18, 2013

On September 18, 2013, Vice Chairman John F. Coleman Jr. testified on House Bill 1607 at the House Consumer Affairs Committee Hearing.

Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee - September 13, 2013

On Sept. 13, 2013, Chairman Robert F. Powelson testifed regarding the FirstEnergy Power Plant Closures.

2012

Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee - November 14, 2012

On November 14, 2012, Chairman Robert F. Powelson testified regarding Storm Outages and the PUC's Response to Hurricane Sandy.

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