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Pennsylvania counties see less money from gas drilling fee

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania counties and municipal governments will see less money from a state fee on Marcellus Shale gas wells, as expected. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission said Wednesday that impact fee revenue from Marcellus Shale wells dropped by $36 million to about $188 million. That’s the lowest annual payment in the five-year history of the impact fee, ...

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PPL’s base electricity rate to decline 17 percent in December

Residential customers who purchase power directly from PPL Electric Utilities rather than shopping for a competitive supplier, will see a 17 percent decrease in the portion of their bill that reflects generation costs in December. The generation rate for residential customers will be reset to 7.878 cents per kilowatt hour, down from the current rate of 9.493 cents. Small business ...

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Peco says it makes a positive impact – and would like a rate hike


Peco Energy Co., the regional utility with 1.6 million electric customers and 500,000 natural gas customers, generated an estimated economic impact of $4.5 billion across Pennsylvania last year and supported nearly 10,000 jobs, according to a report the company released Monday. The utility, which operates in Philadelphia and surrounding Pennsylvania counties, produced $760 million in labor income across Pennsylvania, according ...

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Rural gas gathering pipelines kindle concerns about safety laws

pipeline in brush

An estimated 230,000 miles of natural gas pipelines across the United States — some of them among the largest and highest-pressure pipes in use — are not covered by state and federal pipeline safety laws, a Tribune-Review investigation found. Known as gathering lines, they usually take natural gas from rural well pads to processing plants, where other byproducts such as ...

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PGW’s long and troubled history

In 2009, a delegation of state regulators visited Mayor Nutter after granting Philadelphia Gas Works an unprecedented emergency rate increase that kept the utility afloat through another financial crisis. The missionaries from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, headed by then-Chairman James H. Cawley, urged Nutter to sell the precarious city-owned utility before another financial disaster struck — or worse. From ...

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Shell could spend more than $40 million to relocate electric transmission lines

POTTER TWP. — Shell Chemicals could spend more than $40 million to relocate electric transmission lines if the company decides to construct a multibillion-dollar plant here. Duquesne Light Co. crews are upgrading electric infrastructure around the proposed plant site, which could lead to a significant transmission line shuffling in Potter and Center townships. Duquesne has already done related work near ...

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Pennsylvania’s electricity marketplace braces for another winter

The calendar says winter is less than one month away. The thermometer says it’s already here. It is the first winter since a variable rate crisis generated more than 11,000 calls to Pennsylvania’s Public Utility Commission and 9,000 informal complaints about higher-than-expected electricity bills. Some bills were 300 percent higher than previous bills, all because record high demand drove up ...

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Republicans tout support for drilling impact fee

No drillers are getting natural gas yet from Marcellus Shale reserves thousands of feet underground in Erie County. But Erie County still benefits from drilling in other Pennsylvania counties. The county has received $742,261 from 2011-13 in impact fees to fund bridge improvements, greenways and other enhancements. Erie County Controller Mary Schaaf and Girard Township Supervisor Bill Felege, both Republicans, ...

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