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Consumer advocates in Pennsylvania caution against switching electric suppliers as utilities raise rates

Consumer advocates warn that unless you are willing to take the time and do your homework, it’s best to stick with the “default provider” utility.

By Susan Phillips

Climate activists set their sights on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission

Gov. Wolf needs to appoint two new commissioners this fall to fill vacancies on the five-member board, but faces pushback in the state Senate, which opposes Pa.’s plans to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

By Susan Phillips

When it comes to electricity, Pennsylvanians have lots of options. Experts say to do your homework

Pennsylvanians can choose their electric provider — and skyrocketing bills in Texas a few months ago hit home for some people here. The state utility commission says consumer protections are in place in the commonwealth.

By Anne Danahy

Wolf withdraws nomination to utility regulator after lawmakers threaten no vote

Wolf’s candidate is leading the administration’s effort to have the state join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative which Republican lawmakers oppose.

By Rachel McDevitt

In RGGI fight escalation, GOP blocks Wolf’s nominations to utility regulator

The move shocked some environmental and consumer protection groups, who say Republicans are holding the Public Utility Commission hostage over an unrelated policy decision.

By Rachel McDevitt

PUC proposes $1M fine for Beaver County pipeline blast

Agency: internal study showed blast occurred in area rated "9 out of 9" for landslide risk
By Reid Frazier

Reform of secrecy law for Pa. utilities faces long odds despite agreement that it’s a problem

Lawmakers in both parties acknowledge the measure impedes government transparency and public safety, but powerful special interests stand in the way of any major changes.

By Rebecca Moss/Spotlight PA

Delaware County emergency chief says he couldn’t evacuate everyone if a major Mariner East pipeline leak occurred

At PUC hearing, official acknowledges Sunoco's outreach but expresses safety concerns
By Jon Hurdle

Pa. utility regulator says Sunoco must do more to share safety information on Mariner East project in Cumberland County

The order requires Sunoco to schedule a public awareness meeting and pay a $1,000 fine.

By Rachel McDevitt