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PUC Finalizes $60,000 Settlement for PPL Electric Utilities Corp. Over Outage Restoration Practices

Published on 10/31/2013

Filed under: Electric

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today finalized a settlement with PPL Electric Utilities Corp. (PPL) that includes a $60,000 civil penalty, which stems from an investigation into restoration practices during an October 2011 snowstorm.

The Commission voted 5-0 to approve the settlement.

Under the settlement, PPL will add a provision to its storm restoration procedures instructing personnel not to deviate from the company’s guidelines when assigning storm restoration crews and will file reports with the Commission, that specify the company’s compliance with the terms of the settlement.

According to the settlement, the civil penalty cannot be recovered from consumers.

On April 26, 2012, after receiving an anonymous letter from a PPL employee, the PUC’s independent Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement (I&E) began an informal investigation into PPL’s alleged improper transfer of a restoration crew in the wake of the Oct. 29, 2011 snowstorm.  The allegation was that the restoration crew was transferred from a higher priority job in order to restore service to a lower priority job. I&E alleged this was a violation of PUC regulations, the Public Utility Code and the company’s restoration procedures.

PPL provides electricity service to approximately 1.4 million customers in 29 counties in eastern and central Pennsylvania.

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Docket No. M-2013-2275471





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