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Opinion: The money comes rolling in … and out

Warm weather and a saturated natural gas market have driven down the gas price and slowed the Pennsylvania natural gas industry. Still, gas extraction has been a boon to local governments across the Marcellus Shale gas field. Due to the state Legislature’s refusal to place a fair severance tax on the industry, drillers instead have paid a “local impact fee” ...

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Heating costs expected to be lower this winter

Chris Osorio says he’s “a stickler when it comes to saving energy.” He dials down the heat when no one’s home. And even in the coldest weather, Osorio rarely raises the thermostat at his York Township home much past 70 degrees. Experts are expecting a more mild winter after two brutally cold winters in southcentral Pennsylvania. And that means lower ...

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Editorial: Solar takes a giant step

Tesla, best known for sleek electric cars, is turning the energy industry on its head with news of a battery that stores solar energy. The potential breakthrough solution for accessing solar power after sunset is a welcome step toward reducing human dependence on polluting fossil fuels. The home battery, expected to go into production this year, will sell for up ...

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Philadelphia’s plan to sell gas utility is dead

PHILADELPHIA — City Council members are effectively killing the proposed sale of Philadelphia’s gas utility to a Connecticut company, saying the risks of the deal outweighed the benefits to utility customers and the city. Council president Darrell Clarke said there was “no appetite” for the proposed $1.86 billion sale of Philadelphia Gas Works to UIL Holdings Corp., which required approval ...

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Pa. needs to encourge development of cogeneration technology

A technology that generates electricity and thermal energy from a single fuel source and offers greater reliability, needs more attention in Pennsylvania, said the state’s top utility regulator. The Public Utility Commission on Tuesday heard from industry experts about how Pennsylvania can benefit from combined electricity and thermal energy technology, called cogeneration. While the energy industry and policy makers are ...

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Location of natural gas lines, whether leaking shrouded from public

Mike Wereschagin | The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Greensburg, Pa.) The hidden, aging labyrinth that is the natural gas distribution network in Pennsylvania last year sprang more than 31,000 leaks — averaging one every 17 minutes, a Tribune-Review analysis of federal data found. But the location of those pipelines — and whether they still leak — remains a secret, guarded by the state ...

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State appeals court hands down split decision on state’s oil and gas law

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Laura Legere | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette A Pennsylvania appeals court today issued a split decision on the state’s oil and gas law, rejecting some challenges while holding up other aspects. The Commonwealth Court confirmed that regulators can be required to notify public water suppliers but not private water well owners of drilling-related spills. It also upheld the law’s limits on what ...

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Sunoco fights connection to pipeline firm

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Andrew Maykuth | Philadelphia Inquirer Sunoco’s good corporate name is taking a beating these days, as community activists and bloggers post snarky statements under headlines like “Sleazy Sunoco,” linking the company to fracking and eminent domain. The trouble for Sunoco Inc., the Philadelphia company with nearly 4,900 retail fuel stations and convenience stores in 23 states, is that it has ...

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Pa. pushes new electric regulations after rate shock

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HARRISBURG — State regulators want to speed up the amount of time it takes to switch electric suppliers following a wave of complaints over high bills this winter. Customers would be able to switch companies within three business days under new rules proposed by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. Currently it can take anywhere from 11 to 40 days to ...

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