Issues, Laws & Regulations
Many important laws and regulations affect how utility companies are regulated throughout the state. And new issues are often brought to attention and must be addressed by the Commission in a way that balances the needs of both consumers and utilities.
Act 13 Impact Fee
Learn about this unconventional gas well fee and the distribution of those funds to local and state governments.
Act 120 Working Group
Learn how the PUC addresses customer-owned lead water service line and damaged wastewater lateral replacement issues.
Act 127 (Pipeline Act)
This law gives the PUC authority to enforce federal pipeline safety laws within the state.
The law imposes new requirements on electric distribution companies with the goal of reducing energy consumption and demand.
Learn about the structure, processes, procedures and standards of advanced metering.
This law requires that electric distribution companies and generation suppliers include power from alternative resources.
Learn about effects of alternative ratemaking methodologies, such as revenue decoupling.
American Recovery & Reinvestment Act
This law ensures the PUC makes policies that align with the promotion of energy efficiency and conservation.
Chapter 27 Railroad
Railroad businesses must construct, maintain and operate lateral railroads or private sidetracks.
Chapter 56 Proposed Rulemaking
The PUC updated regulations on residential utility service standards and delinquent residential accounts.
Demand Side Response
Learn about the investigation into reasonable, cost-effective programs to help retail electric customers conserve energy.
EDC Outage Response Reports
Review reports on actions taken by the PUC and impacted utilities during severe weather events.
Electric Competition Law
Learn more about electricity generation choice for customers of electric cooperatives.
Electric Retail Markets
Review policy recommendations that enhance customer choice and the development of effective retail markets.
Electronic Data Exchange
Get more information on the Electric Data Exchange Working Group within the PUC.
En Banc Hearings: Supplier Consolidated Billing
Get details on the implementation of electric generation supplier consolidated billing.
En Banc Hearings: Wholesale Energy Markets
The hearings collected testimony on current and future wholesale electricity markets.
Global Telephone Order
This order addresses a variety of issues, including access charges, calling areas, interconnection, Lifeline programs, rate caps and more.
Natural Gas Competition Law
This law restructures the natural gas utility industry to providing for supply choice for customers.
Natural Gas Issues
Review reports about the investigation into competition of the natural gas supply market.
Policies to Mitigate Electricity Price Increases
The PUC ordered an education campaign for electricity ratepayers on increases, energy efficiency and more.
Port Authority Act 61
This law transferred oversight of all passenger transportation within Allegheny County to the PUC.
Provider of Last Resort
Learn about electric distribution companies' duty to serve retail customers who select an alternative supplier.
The PUC has jurisdiction over the construction, relocation, suspension and abolition of public highway-railroad crossings.
Learn about the regulation of public utilities under Title 52 (Public Utilities) of the Pennsylvania Code.
Right to Know Policies & Procedures
This policy outlines procedures and fees for requesting, inspecting and obtaining copies of PUC public records.
Rules for Termination, Reconnections, Payments, Cash Deposits
Review rule changes for electric, gas and water consumers.
Section 1329 Applications
This law allows a public utility or buyer to get fair market valuation when acquiring water and wastewater systems.
System Improvement Charges Act 11
This law allows certain utilities to petition for a Distribution System Improvement Charge.
Triennial Review Order
This order seeks to promote investment in telecommunications infrastructure.
Verizon Joint Petition
Verizon PA and Verizon North filed a joint petition to have some retail services removed from most PUC jurisdiction.
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Issues, Laws & Regulations
- Electronic Data Exchange
- Section 1329 Applications
- AEPS Act
- Act 13 Impact Fee
- Act 127 (Pipeline Act)
- Port Authority Act 61
- Right to Know Policies and Procedures
- Act 120 of 2018 Working Group
- Electricity Issues
- Telecommunications Issues
- Rail Issues
- Motor Carrier Issues
- Pipeline Issues
- Water/Wastewater Issues
- Natural Gas Issues
- Verizon PA and Verizon North Joint Petition for Reclassification
- Global Telephone Order
- En Banc Hearings on Wholesale Energy Markets
- En Banc Hearing on Implementation of Supplier Consolidated Billing
- Electric Retail Markets
- Electric Competition Law
- EDC Service Outage Response Reports
- Demand Side Response
- Chapter 56 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
- Chapter 27 Railroad
- American Recovery & Reinvestment Act
- Alternative Ratemaking Methodologies
- Advanced Metering
- Act 129
- Provider of Last Resort
- Triennial Review Order
- System Improvement Charges Act 11 of 2012
- Rules Governing Termination, Reconnections, Payments, Cash Deposits
- Regulatory Information
- Railroad Regulations
- Policies to Mitigate Potential Electricity Price Increases
- Natural Gas Competition
- Court Decision Summaries
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